Capital University Presents Columnist, Best-Selling Author David Pogue April 10

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Pogue-David-175x263Capital University will welcome David Pogue as the featured speaker for the 18th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship. The event will take place at 7 pm Thursday, April 10, in Mees Hall. It is free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow.

Pogue is the anchor columnist for Yahoo Tech, a columnist for Scientific American, a host on PBS’s NOVA, and one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

Prior to his career as a journalist and author, Pogue graduated Yale with distinction in music and spent a decade conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York.

He presents frequently on topics such as:

  • The New Self-Diagnosis Tech: Do We Want This?  
  • Consumer Self-Help: The Double-Edged App 
  • The Quantified Self: When Patients Become Doctors 
  • Is Mobile Technology Killing Us? 
  • Blogs Vs. Journalism 
  • The Digital Generation Comes of Age 



At Capital, he will discuss Why America’s Failing Science & How We Can Turn it Around. The keynote lecture will precede the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, an annual showcase of intellectual achievement, scholarly collaboration and discovery that occurs as a result of Capital’s robust faculty-mentored undergraduate research program. The symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 16.


Each year, hundreds of students disseminate through oral and poster presentations the results of months — sometimes years — of research conducted alongside their peers under the guidance of the faculty mentors. Presentation topics are diverse and often cross-disciplinary. Inevitably, dozens of Capital students are selected to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and at many professional conferences across the state, region and country.   

Poster presentations will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Symposium oral presentations will be given in Battelle Hall from 2 to 4:30 pm. The symposium is open to all undergraduate students. Student scholarship is broadly defined as:

  • Original research, artwork, or creative writing  
  • Integrative literature reviews  
  • Performance pieces  
  • Case study research projects  
  • Scholarly critiques  
  • Unique internships and study abroad experiences  



Located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.


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