Matt Makin, '11, a member of the Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management, discusses his research. D. Trumpie photo.Matt Makin, '11, a member of the Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management, discusses his research. D. Trumpie photo.The Albion College community is always thinking. The thinking accomplished by the student body - through research, scholarship, and creative activity - was celebrated for the 20th year Thursday with the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium.

More than 100 students presented original work from all academic disciplines, while many more were recognized with awards at Honors Convocation, or via the senior art exhibit.

Northern Ireland leader David Trimble, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 following the historic Belfast Agreement in April of that year that led to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in his native country, became a Briton when he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree prior to delivering the Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address inside Goodrich Chapel.

The science complex atrium was teeming with activity Thursday. D. Trumpie photo.The science complex atrium was teeming with activity Thursday. D. Trumpie photo.Trimble explained the similarities and differences in the processes of bringing peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. He explained that in the case of Northern Ireland, "Ireland was opposed to violence and was a force for stability" while neighboring states in the Middle East are still fractured on possible solutions to peace.

The good news, according to Trimble, is "a peaceful solution (to peace in the Middle East) is possible."