Student projects on display at UNM-LA

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Exhibit: A variety of students have contributed

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The University of New Mexico at Los Alamos will feature two opportunities for the community to view its student showcase of projects this month, at the campus.

The first is a Greek Mythology Exhibit that will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. 

The second takes place on Thursday, with a daytime and early evening reception titled, “UNM-LA on Display.” 

The event will feature displays and presentations from a variety of students throughout the 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. showcase.

“There will be a variety of projects presented including a discussion on Chinese drawings; a display of miniature ceramics; an environmental research project; robotics, electronics, interactive Math learning with new technologies; and a research project on population dynamics from my calculus II class,” Dr. Irina Alvestad said. Alvestad is the department chair of applied sciences, assistant professor of mathematics and program manager for applied technologies. 

All departments will be represented and projects will be displayed as posters or show-and-tell presentations. 

The community is invited to attend either session and enjoy some light refreshments. 

Dr. Leslie Dendy was an inspiration for student Kinga Przystupa-Canfield, who came to the U.S. as an exchange student from Poland. Przystupa-Canfield studies biology at UNM-LA, while husband Jesse teaches engineering, while also working for Los Alamos National Laboratory.  

“The best thing about UNM-LA is the high quality instructors,” said Przystupa-Canfield, who is enrolled in her final biology course at UNM-LA. 

“It is taught by a brilliant professor Dr. Leslie Dendy, who has been teaching biology in Los Alamos for over 30 years.”

Przystupa-Canfield will be on hand to discuss her project, at both of the UNM-LA sessions. Her biology research project involved growing basil and the relation of relative humidity to stomatal density.

 For more information, call 662-5919 or visit la.unm.edu.