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Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 9:30am-6:30pm


Dr. Lujendra Ojha

We are particularly honored to have Dr. Lujendra Ojha as our keynote speaker at this year's Student Research Conference. Dr. Ojha is a Nepalese-American planetary scientist who was the first to uncover evidence of water on Mars in 2011 while working with Professor Alfred McEwen to analyze images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). While still an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Ojha noticed enigmatic dark lines flowing downhill on the surface of Mars. Such lines, called “recurring slope lineae,” have been discovered at numerous sites and suggested to Ojha the existence of liquid water. In 2015 Ojha was the lead author of a study in Nature Geoscience confirming that water still flows on Mars today.

Dr. Ojha has published widely on recurring slope lineae and other topics. He currently is the Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow in Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of Forbes’ 2016 30 Under 30 in science. We would be remiss not noting his abilities as a heavy metal guitarist in his band called Gorkha.

Sessions 1a-1c

Time: 10:00 - 11:20

Session 1a: Society and the Economy - Room 304

Session 1b: Communication and Health - Room 308

Session 1c: Postcards from the Body - Room 220

Sessions 2a-2c

Time: 11:30 - 12:50

Session 2a: Investigating Health Practices- Room 221

Session 2b: PT Case Reports I - Room 304

Session 2c: Childhood and Youth: Promises and Challenges - Room 308


1:00 - 2:00

Poster Presentations

Sessions 3a-3c

Time: 2:00 - 3:20

Session 3a: Teaching and Learning - Room 220

Session 3b: The Brave New World of Analytics - Room 304

Session 3c: Science and Health - Room 308


3:30 - 4:00

Poster Presentations

Sessions 4a-4c

Time: 4:00 - 5:20

Session 4a: The Art of Philosophy and the Philosophy of Art - Room 304

Session 4b: Meaning, Life and Nature - Room 221

Session 4c: PT Case Reports II - Room 308