Ichabods In Depth

Published April 17, 2013

Apeiron 2013 Schedule at a glance

10:30-11 a.m. - Student registration and poster setup, Washburn Room Lobby, Memorial Union

11 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. - Fine Arts Performances, Mulvane Art Museum and Carole Chapel.

1-2:50 p.m. - Oral Presentations, Henderson Learning Resources Center, rooms 203, 207, 208, 217, 303 and 307.

3-3:40 p.m. - Recognitions and The Last Lecture, "Belief and Science," by Jorge Nobo, professor emeritus of philosophy, Washburn B, Memorial Union.

3:40-5 p.m., Washburn A: Poster presentations and the closing reception, featuring food inspired by the cuisine of Kenya.

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Apeiron to showcase student research, creativity

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Alayna Nigus is one of 89 Washburn students presenting at Apeiron 2013, which begins Friday at 11 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m. at several locations around campus.

Apeiron, Washburn’s annual scholarly forum, brings together all manner of student-driven scholarship, from hard sciences to theatre.

“The idea is to have a professional conference on campus where all of these diverse subjects can be presented together to enlighten the community of Washburn,” said Shaun Schmidt, chair of the Apeiron committee and associate professor of chemistry. “The students become the teachers.”

For the chemistry majors that Schmidt mentors and for Nigus, presenting what was discovered to the community is all part of the process of moving one’s field forward.

Nigus, who will graduate next month with a bachelor’s degree in health administration, presented her original research at a conference at Seventh International Conference on Healthcare Systems and Global Business Issues conference at Jaipur National University in Jaipur, India in January. Now, she’s excited to share it with her Washburn peers.

“It started as an idea from a class paper,” Nigus said.

Nigus researched whether the transition from private health insurance to a national health care system as it was accomplished in Taiwan was a model for the United States. She found that there still will be a need for rewarding efficiency and trimming expenses. She will present “Changing Healthcare in the United States: Is Taiwan's Model an Option?” during the poster session from 3:40-5 p.m. in Washburn A, main level, Memorial Union.

Like all Apeiron participants, Nigus was guided by a faculty mentor. Zach Frank, director of the physical therapy assistant program, encouraged her to take her paper to the next level and guided her throughout the process.

“He (Frank) told me the information I included could be something really big.” And, she said, Frank, kept her on track so she was ready to present among graduate students and professional consultants in India and now at Washburn.

There are 45 faculty mentors involved this year, who supervised 65 different presentations.

Also like Nigus, 20 Apeiron participants complete the Scholarly and Creative Washburn Transformational Experience in the process, Schmidt said. For many, however, the presentation on campus is a first.

“All of the projects presented have to have a scholarly component,” Schmidt said. That means, for example, that a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” will include scholarly discussion. Poetry has been added this year, Schmidt said, and will also showcase the scholarship involved. Apeiron, under its current name, has been held annually since 2003.

The public is encouraged to sit in on performances and oral presentations, as well as the poster presentations and reception. (Get a program online.)

Another memorable feature of the annual Apeiron event is the Last Lecture, presented by an emeriti faculty member. This year’s last lecture, by Jorge Luis Nobo, emeriti professor of philosophy, is “Belief and Science.” Nobo’s presentation will begin at 3 p.m. in Washburn B, main floor, Memorial Union.

A public reception with a menu inspired by the cuisine of Kenya will run concurrent with the poster presentations in Washburn A from 3:40-5 p.m.

Those planning to attend a performance or oral presentation are asked to remember to turn off your cell phone and do not leave a presentation until it is finished.