VANCOUVER, Wash. – Faculty and students at Washington State University Vancouver will present more than 100 posters and exhibits of their research, scholarship and artwork at the free, public Research Showcase 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.
 
WSU Vancouver is a nationally recognized research university with a dynamic and growing faculty conducting research and pursuing scholarship of regional, national and international impact. The most complex and difficult issues of the modern world are tackled in laboratories and classrooms.
 
“The Research Showcase allows faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to share their collaborative research, which emanates from the programs and laboratories of the campus and from partnerships throughout southwest Washington,” said Bob Bates, director of research and graduate education.
 
“Exciting new findings and advances in fields including environmental sciences, neurosciences, engineering, anthropology and education, among many others, will be presented,” he said.
 
The showcase also will recognize the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence winner, Stephen B. Kucer, associate professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education. Kucer will discuss whether reading mistakes really interfere with understanding at an address at 4:15 p.m. in the commons.
Anne Balsamo, professor of interactive media in the University of California’s School of Cinematic Arts, will give the keynote address, “Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work,” at noon in Administration 129. Her work focuses on the relationship between culture and technology.