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Registration draws near for MU research forumMiami University students interested in presenting at the Undergraduate Research Forum '07 must register by Feb. 28. Students can present any of research projects completed at Miami, either through a poster or an oral presentation. The research forum is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 in the Shriver Center multipurpose room. Admission for the event is free. For more information or to register, visit

Grad student's piece selected for art exhibitA piece selected by Miami University fine arts graduate student Nate Poglein was selected for the Silver Triennial, a competitive international exhibit. His piece, titled "Silver Bowl," is created from a recently introduced alloy known as Argentium sterling silver. The German Society of Goldsmiths' Art and German Goldsmiths' House have held the event every year since 1965. It is very competitive and in 2006, only 40 entries were chosen from 200 submissions.The selected works are now touring selected museums and galleries across Russia and Germany. Poglein, who received a fine arts Bachelor's degree in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Pennsylvania State University in 2002, will also have an exhibit at Miami in Hiestand Galleries April 9-14.

Water quality to be topic of plant ecologist's lectureThe department of botany is sponsoring a lecture by Dennis Whigham, a scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Thursday, March 1 as part of its annual Roger E. Wilson Lecture series.The talk, titled "Linking Land-use to Ecological Conditions in Chesapeake Bay: Evidence for the Pervasive Impacts of Watershed Development," will discuss water quality and land-use in the Chesapeake Bay area - especially as it relates to wetland restoration and biodiversity.Whigham is a plant ecologist with a long history of research in wetland and forest ecology. Besides working at the Smithsonian, he also serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in 112 Pearson Hall, and is free and open to the public.