Quest fosters scholarship

"Quest Day, Oswego State’s annual conference to promote and showcase student and faculty exploration in scholarship, was held across campus on Wednesday.

"Students and faculty presented their research on various topics, ranging from "The History and Culture of the Yo-Yo" to "The Emotional Impact of Unemployment on College Students" and "Coming of Age in an Amish Society."

"These were part of a larger collaboration of 31 departments and an evening of graduate studies presentations. Several of the presenting students were required to conduct their research as dictated by their curriculum as a McNair scholar or as an honors student.

"As part of the Quest Day festivities, 20 posters were displayed along the Campus Center Concourse, including "Intercepting a Lake-Effect Snow Band," "Ejaculation in Pornography: Male Arousal Induced by Indicators of Sperm Competition Risk" and "Synorogenic Emplacement of Granite Sheets, Hudson Highlands, New York."

"The day’s major activities included a film festival, a robot parking competition and a meteorological balloon launch.

"Keynote Speaker Josh Tickell, an author and film director, spoke about the current energy crisis while presenting, and hosting a discussion about, his film "Fuel," which won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.

"Carrying on Tickell’s theme of applications of alternative forms of energy was Daniel O’Connell, on behalf of General Motors, who discussed the efforts of electrifying the automobile. Alternative energy vehicles were also on display during the Sustainability Symposium, which highlighted campus and community conservation efforts.

"The purpose of Quest, according to The Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, was to encourage scholarly activities, to provide an opportunity to share these efforts and to help students develop an appreciation for campus diversity and research.

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