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Assistant Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Exploring life on eight legs: The journey from Albion to Arachnophilia”
7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101
Eileen Hebets is currently assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches zoology and behavioral ecology. From 2003 to 2005, she held appointments at the University of California, Berkeley as assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management/Division of Insect Biology, curator of the Essig Museum, and member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. She held a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in 2002-03.
A specialist in the evolution of animal communication systems, Hebets is currently focusing her research on the development of complex signaling systems in various spider species. Supported by a Searle Scholars Program Fellowship and a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, her work includes both field-based experiments and observations and an array of laboratory techniques and methods drawn from molecular biology and neurophysiology. Hebets' field research has taken her to caves in Puerto Rico, rain forests in Costa Rica, and the sky islands in Arizona.
Her findings have been covered by national and international news organizations including The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, BBC Online, CNN, ABC News, and National Public Radio. She also served as a consultant for the movie Spiderman (2002). Hebets' scholarly publications include articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, and the Journal of Insect Physiology, among others.
After graduating from Albion College in 1994, Hebets went on to earn a master's in biology at the University of Cincinnati (1996), and then a master's (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona.
This year's lecture marks the first time in the history of the Isaac Symposium that our Alumni Lecturer also participated in the symposium as an undergraduate. In 1994, Hebets gave a presentation entitled, "Habitat and Courtship Behavior of the Wolf Spider Schizocosa retrorsa." Named the outstanding senior biology major that year, she also received the Edmund and Kathleen Jenkins Research Award from Albion.
Joseph S. Calvaruso, ’94
2006 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture
Senior Vice President and Director of Risk Management for Mercantile Bank
“Albion College - the Training Camp for the Nine Innings of Life”
7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Bobbitt Visual Arts Auditorium
Joseph Calvaruso currently serves as senior vice president and director of risk management for Mercantile Bank in Grand Rapids. He is also secretary and treasurer for the Board of Directors of Michigan Certified Development Corporation, which provides funding for business start-ups and expansions. As a member of the Michigan chapter of the Risk Management Association, he has held numerous leadership positions, including the presidency, and won many achievement awards. He has also served on the association's international Board of Directors and on numerous national committees.
Prior to joining Mercantile Bank, Calvaruso spent nearly 20 years as executive vice president of Chemical Bank Shoreline in Benton Harbor. He left that job in June 2004 to join Vice President Dick Cheney's reelection campaign as a member of the national advance team. Over the past six years, Calvaruso has also served as a coordinator for visits to Michigan and throughout the country by members of the Bush administration. Earlier in his career, Calvaruso held positions with City Bank in Jackson and Comerica Bank in Kalamazoo.
Calvaruso sits on the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service Visiting Committee at Albion College and is a former member of the Michigan Work Force Investment Board. He is a past chairman of the Kalamazoo County Republican Party and is a current member of the Republican State Committee.
Earlier this year, Calvaruso and his wife, Donna, endowed the Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address for this symposium. In keeping with Calvaruso's personal goal to "try different things in life," the keynote endowment ensures the symposium will continue to provide an exceptional variety of presenters from the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An Albion native and a product of the Albion Public Schools, Calvaruso graduated from Albion College in 1978 and holds an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University.
2015 Symposium Schedule
The 26th Annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium, April 22-23, 2015
The purpose of the Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium is to honor excellent student research, scholarship, and creative activity. The participants are nominated by their faculty sponsors after having participated in independent research that results in the significant synthesis of new knowledge. The research must have been performed under the direct supervision of an Albion College faculty member, or in a College-approved off-campus program.
Dr. Charlie Jacobs from the Biology Department planned and organized the first Albion College Student Research Symposium, which was held on April 20, 1990, and involved seven students making presentations describing their research projects. In 1993, a poster session was added, and by 1995, the number of student presenters had risen to 16. In 1997, the Isaac Endowed Lectureship became associated with the Albion College Student Research Symposium, and the Symposium name was changed to the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium.
By 1999, the Symposium had grown to the point that concurrent sessions were required for 62 platform and poster presentations. 1999 also saw the addition of the Symposium keynote address, which has featured Wade Davis, Stephen Jay Gould, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie, and Gloria Steinem. In 2000, the Research Symposium was first held on the same day as the College's Honors Convocation.