Apr. 05, 2011

GREAT Day to celebrate research and creativity

Research posters

Students, faculty and community members explore the research posters presented during the 2010 GREAT Day celebration in the College Union Ballroom. More than 830 students are presenting performances, research, art and other endeavors this year. /PHOTO BY BRIAN BENNETT






The rhythmic sounds of a capella. Smooth music made by Geneseo's Jazz Combo. Exploration of 15th-century outlooks on literature. Probing international migration issues. Exhibition of senior Capstone projects. Scenes performed from "Jekylll and Hyde" with discussion of how the play represents the duality of man.

These are just a few samples of the topics that will be explored on Tuesday, April 12 during the college's fifth annual GREAT Day — Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent.

The day-long campus celebration showcases research accomplishments and the creative talents of more than 830 students through presentations, exhibits and performances. (See the full schedule of events), and includes poster presentations, lectures, performances and more. (See the GREAT Day video.)

"Our fifth annual GREAT Day promises to be as strong as ever as students bring their research and creative endeavors before the college's faculty, their fellow students and the public," said Stephen West, distinguished teaching professor of mathematics and GREAT Day faculty coordinator. "Geneseo students take strong initiative with undergraduate research opportunities and creative activities and it all comes together in GREAT Day."

Cornell University neurobiologist Thomas Seeley will deliver the keynote address, "Honeybee Democracy," as the speaker for this year's Jack '76 and Carol Kramer '76 Endowed Lectureship at 1:45 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.

Seeley has done extensive work on the behavior of honeybees and believes they can teach humans much when it comes to collective wisdom. His scientific work focuses on the internal organization of honeybee colonies and has been summarized in three books. His work addresses the phenomenon of swarm intelligence and the solving of cognitive problems by a group of individuals who pool their knowledge and process it through social interactions.

"We are all looking forward to hearing him speak about how his research brings together two seemingly very different areas of study, honey bees and democracy," says West.

Seeley earned his doctorate at Harvard and taught at Yale before returning to his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y., to continue research at Cornell.

No classes are scheduled April 12 to accommodate GREAT Day events. The lecture and all GREAT Day events are free and open to the public.