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Colloquium to spotlight research at CU

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Cumberland University will host a campus-wide research colloquium on Friday, allowing faculty and students to present on topics offering attendees perspectives on various types of research being performed at the university.

According to university officials, the colloquium is designed to bring together members of the campus community for the purpose of enriching their understanding of a variety of topics, both research- and interest-based, through student, faculty and community member presentations. The event will offer an opportunity of intense examination of issues and research.

The colloquium will consist of over 40 hour-long presentations covering topics ranging from ancient Chinese gongs to salt caves to the Zika virus. Members of the community are also taking part - Sam Hatcher, Cumberland alumni and board of trust member, will share his research on the infamous Georgia Tech vs. Cumberland University football game, which celebrates its 100th anniversary next month; Scott McRae will present information about Lebanon's new gasification initiative that will divert waste from landfills; and Joe Minor, former special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and adjunct instructor for the criminal justice and forensic science program, will walk through the components of processing a mock murder scene in Memorial Hall.

The day will begin with opening remarks in the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center followed by poster presentations. The remainder of the day will be broken into sessions with multiple presentations taking place at locations throughout campus.

For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit or contact Colloquium Chairperson Dr. Sarah Pierce, assistant professor of chemistry, at

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