Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium Features Animal Planet’s Dan Driskin

Dr. Dan Riskin speaks during BURS 2019 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, April 11, 2019.

The Belmont University Research Symposium was held Thursday, April 11, with a keynote address from Dr. Dan Driskin, host of Animal Planet’s “Monsters Inside Me” and the author of the book “Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You.”  His talk, “What the maggot in my scalp taught me about the process of science,” was delivered to an enthusiastic audience. 

Driskin received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and is a world-renowned expert on bat biology, evolution and biomechanics. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show, the Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a number of specials on Discovery Channel. 

In addition to the Keynote Address, poster sessions for Psychology and Biology could be viewed in the Ayers 3rd and 4th floor atriums. At least 23 academic departments from multiple colleges presented  student oral presentation sessions throughout the day. These presentations provided an opportunity to show the diversity of research practices across Belmont’s campus.

Finally, Dr. Nancy Darr, professor of physical therapy and the 2017-2018 recipient of the Faculty Scholarship Award, delivered an address April 12 titled, “Research with Children:  The Most Fun Research Ever!”