Virtual Academic Showcase 2020

Virtual Academic Showcase 2020

May 11, 2020


Virtual Academic Showcase 2020
dives deep into “Water”


Academic Showcase at Franklin Pierce University is a much-anticipated spring tradition, highlighting the scholarly and creative work produced by students and faculty throughout the year. This year, students and faculty are following the governor’s “safer-at-home” orders, and the 11th Annual Academic Showcase is being presented virtually rather than in the usual day-long campus event.

“Academic Showcase is our annual celebration of the projects, research, and creative work of our students and faculty. This year required us to transform the celebration into a virtual event, but thanks to our faculty, staff and students the showcase will go on and it is as impressive as ever,” said President Kim Mooney. “We are proud to share the accomplishments of our students and faculty with the Franklin Pierce Community and the region.”

This year’s theme is “Water,” inspiring scholarly work and creative presentations that range from humidity over the town of Jaffrey, to the whaler’s art of scrimshaw, to the efficacy of hydrotherapy for healing an ACL tear. One student poster presentation examines the legal impact of granting water the same legal rights as people, while another examines the impact of acid rain and ocean acidification on brine shrimp.

“Guided by the theme, students will explore everything from the role we play as stewards and users of our own Pearly Pond here at our campus in Rindge, to the theme of water in music and literature,” said Paul Jenkins, university librarian at Franklin Pierce, and leader of the committee that oversees the showcase.

Other work includes student documentaries, presentations on topics of art and culture around the world, a series of INBRE-funded nutrition and exercise physiology lab projects, and performances of original musical compositions. Faculty member Dr. Brandi Klein looks at ethical issues in the pharmaceutical industry, and a multimedia presentation features the experiences of Politics FitzU students covering the 2020 presidential primary cycle.

Other faculty and student collaborations include a live cooking and nutrition education segment, and a multi-media documentary about the transformative experience of walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage together. “Pierce on the Camino,” cancelled this year due to the pandemic, is a semester-long international studies program at Franklin Pierce in which students walk the Camino de Santiago, one of the oldest and most beloved pilgrimage routes in the world.

A guide to this year’s Academic Showcase is available at Visitors can leave comments, reactions, and questions for the presenters on the website.

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