Apr. 04, 2011

Students to Showcase Excellence at SUNY Geneseo’s Fifth Annual GREAT Day April 12

Great Day 2011

GENESEO, N.Y. -- An estimated 834 SUNY Geneseo students will participate in a daylong campus celebration April 12 where they will showcase their research accomplishments and creative talents during the college's fifth annual GREAT Day - Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent. The students' will share their work with visitors through presentations, exhibits and performances.

"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 emeritus at Geneseo 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 neurobiologist Thomas Seeley is the keynote speaker for the college's fifth annual GREAT Day April 12.Cornell neurobiologist Thomas Seeley is the keynote speaker for the college's fifth annual GREAT Day April 12. Cornell University neurobiologist Thomas Seeley will deliver the keynote address, "Honeybee Democracy," as the speaker for this year's Jack and Carol Kramer Endowed Lectureship, part of the GREAT Day activities. The lecture series is endowed by SUNY Geneseo alumni Jack and Carol Kramer, both 1976 Geneseo graduates. His address begins 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 honey bee 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. Seeley earned his doctorate at Harvard and taught at Yale before returning to his hometown of Ithaca, N.Y., to continue his scientific research at Cornell.

In addition to endowing the GREAT Day Lecture Series, Jack and Carol Kramer have provided major support for other Geneseo programs. In 2004, they established The Carol Kramer Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Psychology and The Jack Kramer Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Physics, merit awards that provide tuition assistance for students who demonstrate financial need and show a strong commitment to their field of study inside and outside of the classroom.

No classes are scheduled at Geneseo April 12 to accommodate GREAT Day events. The lecture and all GREAT Day events are open to the public without charge.

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