Published Feb. 11, 2011
Springfield, Ohio –The 2010-11 Wittenberg Saturday Science program continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center with a presentation titled “The Science of Beauty” by Assistant Professor of Communication Kathleen Warber.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is an outreach program started in January 2009 that exposes area high school and home-schooled students to science and its many possibilities. Nine academic departments – biology, chemistry, communication, computer science, geography, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are collaborating on the program, which is scheduled to run once a month during the school year.
While the format sometimes varies, programs normally feature a public presentation by a Wittenberg faculty member on an accessible science topic, likely something outside the typical high school curriculum. On Feb. 26, Warber says her presentation will “expose students to the scientific investigation of physical beauty by highlighting evidence from biology, mathematics and psychology that sheds light on the role of physical attraction in human romantic relationships.”
After a continental breakfast in the David L. Hobson Atrium, students then take part in a science experience led by current Wittenberg students and their professors. Participants will discover how to analyze objective markers of physical beauty. Along with guidance from Warber and current Wittenberg students studying communication, participants will analyze and manipulate aspects of faces in photographs and will get hands-on experience with facial-feature manipulation software in a computer lab.
Warber teaches courses in interpersonal communication, relational communication, family communication and communication research methods and statistics. Her research focuses primarily on the role of emotion in interpersonal communication. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona before joining Wittenberg’s faculty in 2007.
Wittenberg Saturday Science is funded by a grant from Future Jobs, a regional workforce development program. Wittenberg is a partner with Future Jobs, and University President Mark H. Erickson is a member of its board of directors.
There is no cost to participate in Wittenberg Saturday Science, and the public is welcome to attend the lecture portion. However, space is limited for the hands-on experience. To register for the event, go to http://www.wittenberg.edu/science-outreach. For more information, e-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Erin Pence