For more than two decades, the Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium has served as a showcase for Albion College students to present their research, scholarship, and creative activity.
Find links below to information from past symposia, including endowed keynote speakers and official symposium programs.
- 2014 – Hugh McDiarmid, ’84
- 2013 – Michael Harrington, ’85
- 2012 – Lawrence Schook, ’72
- 2011 – John Ferris, ’89
- 2010 – Kristen Neller Verderame, ’90
- 2009 – James Gignac, ’01
- 2008 – Jim Beck, ’97
- 2007 – Eileen Hebets, ’94
- 2006 – Joseph S. Calvaruso, ’78
- 2005 – Elkin R. “Ike” Isaac, ’48
- 2004 – Dr. John Porter, ’53
- 2003 – Dr. Denise Cortis Park, ’73
- 2002 – Dr. Joseph Serra, ’56
- 2001 – Dr. John Vournakis, ’61
- 2000 – James Misner, ’66
- 1999 – Emilio DeGrazia, ’63
- 1998 – Terrence Karpowicz, ’70
- 1997 – Wilbur Hurst, ’61
2011 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
“The Story of Stuff”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2011
Annie Leonard is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010.
Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing firsthand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.
Annie is currently the Director of The Story of Stuff Project. Prior to this, most recently, Annie coordinated the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, a funder collaborative seeking to address the hidden environmental and social impacts of current systems of making, using and throwing away all the stuff of daily life.
She has also worked with GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International.
Annie is currently on the boards of International Forum for Globalization and GAIA and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India. She did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, both in New York. She is currently based in the Bay Area, California.
About the Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address Endowment.
2012 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
“The Man Made Flu Debate: Putting the ‘Public’ Back in Public Health”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012
Towsley Lecture Hall
Best-selling author Laurie Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big “Ps” of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer. Turning that talent to international policy, Garrett is currently the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. In that capacity, she has reported on topics ranging from HIV and other disease pandemics to global health challenges related to international financial crises. She has particular expertise in newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, bioterrorism, and the intersection of public health, foreign policy and national security.
Garrett has written several popular and critically acclaimed books, including The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, and I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.
Garrett is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and served as the organization’s first president during the 1990s. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Noguchi Prize, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Group, and is a principal member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. Garrett also chairs the scientific advisory panel to the United Nations Commission on HIV Prevention in collaboration with UNAIDS.
Garrett earned a degree in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and did graduate work at the University of California Berkeley. While writing The Coming Plague, Garrett was a graduate fellow in Harvard’s School of Public Health. She received an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California and honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In 2011 Garrett was named one of the “45 Greatest Alumni” of the University of California Santa Cruz, on the 45th anniversary of the school’s creation.
About the Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address Endowment.
2012 Elkin R. Isaac Lecture
Vice President For Research And Senior Research Officer, University Of Illinois
“Individualizing Health and Wellness: Navigating Your Personal Journey”
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Towsley Lecture Hall
In his role at the University of Illinois, Schook oversees an $800 million annual sponsored research portfolio covering the University’s three campuses. Additionally, he monitors the University’s research-related concerns including intellectual property, technology commercialization, and economic development.
Schook is also an active researcher, exploring comparative genomics and translational biomedical models. He is an Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell professor in biomedical sciences and holds faculty affiliations with the Institute for Genomic Biology, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. He currently directs the international Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium and was principal investigator for a $25 million research project sponsored by the NIH, NSF and USDA.
Schook has launched two start-up companies focusing on molecular medicine and is a fellow at the Kaufman Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He has served in key leadership roles at the National Research Council in animal genomics, chaired the executive steering committee of the Alliance for Animal Genome Research and was coauthor of both the cattle and pig NIH genome project white papers.
He has served on the boards of multiple biotechnology companies and the Biotechnology Industry Organization and was appointed by Illinois governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Innovation Counsel. He is currently on the board of governors for the Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories.
Schook began his research career working with Albion College biology professor Ken Ballou, and went on to earn a doctorate from Wayne State School of Medicine, followed by postdoctoral training at the Institute for Clinical Immunology in Switzerland, and the University of Michigan. He has also held faculty positions at the Medical College of Virginia and the University of Minnesota, and was a visiting professor at the Ludwig Cancer Center of the University of Lausanne.
He is a recipient of NIH, Swiss National Fund and Pardee fellowships, received the Funk Award for Meritorious Achievements in Agriculture and the Pfizer Animal Health Research award, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2010, Schook was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in human genomics at the University of Salzburg. He was recently selected as the ninth University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor’s Center for Advanced Study Lecturer for his pioneering work on genomics and evolutionary biology. He has mentored 38 undergraduate students, 37 graduate and doctoral students, and 19 postdoctoral fellows; has written more than 200 published works; edited six books; and is founding editor of Animal Biotechnology. Schook was named an Albion College Distinguished Alumnus in 1996.
About the Elkin R. Isaac Endowment.