Pio picks: undergraduate conference

Josh Goodman

The 14th annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference is this Tuesday, April 10. If you’re not sure where to go, check out these Pio Picks:

Session I, 9 a.m., “Food for Thought,” Reid Campus Center G02

See how food affects culture throughout the world and here in the Northwest. Presentations include looks at meat-eating in Gujarat, India; fast food in Guatemala City; edible plants in the Northwest and connections between food consumption and class at Whitman.

Session II, 10:45 a.m., “Youth Culture,” Reid Ballroom B

Take a look at young minds around the world. Learn about how positive peer pressure influences children; the relationship between emotional intelligence, aggression and juvenile offense; how consumption preferences affect friend groups of British youth and a history of the Edelweiss Pirates, a group fighting for freedom from Nazi Germany.

Session III, 2 p.m., “Disease Studies,” Hall of Science 151

Get a feel for students’ research about better understanding and diagnosing diseases.  Learn about the role of protein markers in diagnosing cancer, the developmental genetics of Williams Syndrome, the role of thalamus size in dyslexia, and pain modulation during migraines.

Session IV, 3:45 p.m., “Walla Walla Intersections,” Olin Hall 130

Become immersed in the Walla Walla of present and past.  Presentations examine how cultural institutions such as the Whitman Mission National Historic Site and Tamástslikt Cultural Center represent colonial contact, environmental themes in the curriculum at Sharpstein Elementary School, the experiences of Whitman College’s first Jewish professor and the policing style in Walla Walla County.