Research Symposium April 10 Showcases Student and Faculty Work in Sciences and Humanities

Apr 9, 2015
Brenau Staff
Tahirih Varner, assistant ombudsperson for Georgia State University, is this year's Brenau Research Symposium keynote speaker.
Tahirih Varner, assistant ombudsperson for Georgia State University, is this year’s Brenau Research Symposium keynote speaker.

Brenau University’s fourth annual Research Symposium on Friday, April 10, highlights graduate, undergraduate and faculty research projects at the Brenau Downtown Center and the Brenau East campus. Keynote speaker is Tahirih Varner, a Georgia State University expert in conflict resolution.

The interdisciplinary forum features work from all four of Brenau’s academic divisions. More than 150 participants submitted 50 unique abstracts for presentations. This year’s program also features four new faculty-led panels as new additions. All Brenau chapters of national academic honor societies jointly sponsor the symposium.

The symposium, which runs from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. It opens with the 10 a.m. keynote address at the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW in Gainesville. That is followed by an international and art history panel until 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon sessions from 1 to 4:30 p.m. occur at Brenau East, 1001 Chestnut St. SE in Gainesville. Abstract proceedings include research in areas of art, education, and nursing, therapeutic approaches in health care, dance, social, as well as international and regional issues.

International topics include broad educational experiences students have had while doing fieldwork and clinical rotations in Mexico. Locally focused regional and Georgia topics will also be presented.

The symposium serves as an extension of the classroom and programs. After the program will be a reception for participants and audience members in the Occupational Therapy area at Brenau East.

Keynoter Varner, assistant ombudsperson for Georgia State, is the student liaison for the GSU Office of the Ombudsperson and the campus liaison on conflict resolution with the Georgia Board of Regents. Varner has a Master of Science Degree in conflict management from Kennesaw State University.

An ombudsperson’s primary responsibilities include investigating individuals’ complaints against alleged maladministration, especially that of public authorities. Ombudspersons attempt to resolve problems through recommendations behavioral and procedural changes or through mediation.

With years of community development experience in diverse international settings, Varner focuses on helping students improve communication and conflict resolution skills and mediates on campuses across the University System of Georgia.

More information contact information contact the Brenau University College of Health Sciences at 678-707-5029.