Psychology and Science Research Forum features neurological surgeon

April 8, 2011, 10:24 am

Northwest Nazarene University will hold its annual Psychology and Science Research Forum Thursday, April 14, in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Ara Jason Deukmedjian, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained neurological surgeon focusing on spine care and laser spine surgery.  NNU students and 120 local high school students will be making presentations in chemistry, biology, physics, psychology and computer science at the 3 p.m. event.

Dr. Deuk, as he is commonly known, was presented the coveted Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Award at Walter Reed Army Center in Washington, D.C. in 1996.  He is a pioneer in the field of laser and endoscopic back- and neck-pain treatment.  His revolutionary procedures bear his name Deuk Laser Disc Repair.  His goal is to advance medical knowledge while teaching the next generation of spine specialists, which he continues to do at the non-profit Deuk Spine Foundation.  Dr. Deuk established the foundation to support the continued research and development of new and innovative techniques for enhancing spine health.

The Psychology and Science Research Forum includes contests for NNU students as well as the students from six local high schools: Liberty Charter, Meridian Medical Arts Charter, Skyview, Emmett and first-year participants Columbia and Fruitland.  The participant researchers will be available to answer questions concerning their projects, and winners will be announced following dinner.

Awards will be given to the top NNU presenters as well as the high school researchers—a $1,000 scholarship to the first-place high school researcher and a $500 scholarship to the top presenter from each of the participating high schools.

The public is invited to attend the event.  For additional information or dinner reservations ($9 per person for the 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Brandt Center Lobby), contact Dr. Glena Andrews at or by calling (208) 467-8459.

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