This past Thursday, Wellesley students and faculty gathered in Pendleton West for an afternoon of discussion and presentation on a summer of research across the sciences. Each year, Wellesley’s Summer Research Program allows a select group of students the opportunity to engage in high-level research in a variety of fields across the social and natural sciences.
Students in computer science explored such topics as data journalism techniques for enhancing web literacy, and the future of work as it relates to voice-user interfaces in automatic vehicles. Presentations from students studying neuroscience included the brain’s role in vocal communication as evidenced through birdsong, and the effect of gut microbiota alterations on Alzheimer’s disease progression. In the social sciences, students’ topics included childhood imaginary companions and their function, labor outcomes for Wellesley graduates during the Great Recession, and tourism as a mode of cultural and economic exchange.