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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Business, Science, Technology and Research Communities to Hold Statewide Symposium in September

West Virginia's business, science, technology and research communities will gather at the statewide Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Symposium at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown on Sept.17-18 to share developments, ideas and collaborations.

Symposium sessions will focus on the national and state outlooks for science, technology and research; technology-based economic development; cutting-edge research being conducted in West Virginia; commercialization of intellectual property; and the role of the state's Vision 2015 strategic plan for science and technology.

The program will feature Dr. Kathie Olsen, deputy director of the National Science Foundation; Kelley Goes, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Division of Commerce; James Estep, president and CEO of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation; university presidents Mike Garrison of West Virginia University, Stephen Kopp of Marshall University and James Ramsey of the University of Louisville; Dr. Thomas Bowles, science advisor to the governor of New Mexico; leading scientists from West Virginia colleges and universities; Marianne Clarke, director of the Washington office of Battelle Technology Partnership Practice; and Stephen Turner, president and CEO of West Virginia high-tech company Protea Biosciences Inc.

Special guest speaker Dr. Steve Squyres, principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission and author of "Roving Mars," will give a multimedia presentation, "The Journey to Mars: A Personal Account," at a dinner on Monday evening. In addition, college and university undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting their research in a competition designed to recognize the "Student Researcher of the Year."

The symposium registration fee is $75/person. After the early registration deadline of Aug. 20, the fee is $100. A complete schedule, as well as online registration and hotel reservations, is available on the symposium website at For more information, contact Ginny Painter at or (304) 558-4128, ext. 6.

Sponsors of the STaR Symposium include the Charleston Area Alliance, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, NASA IV & V Facility, NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, National Science Foundation, West Liberty State College, West Virginia Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (WVEPSCoR), West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities Inc., West Virginia University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia Wesleyan College.


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