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Wilbur S. Hurst, ’61

Dr. Wilbur S. Hurst, '61 1997 Elkin R. Isaac Lecture

Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technolog

“Supercritical Water: A Contrarious Fluid and its Application for the Destruction of Aqueous Wastes”

Tuesday, April 15, 1997
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2017 Symposium Schedule

The 28th Annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium
April 19-20, 2017

Isaac Symposium student research poster presentations in the Science Complex Atrium.
Isaac Symposium student research poster presentations in the Science Complex Atrium.

Wednesday, April 19

7:30 p.m. – Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture


Thursday, April 20

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. – Student Research Presentations

  • Forum 1 – Norris 100
  • Forum 2 – Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101
  • Forum 3 – Norris 102
  • Forum 4 – Norris 104

10:45 a.m. - noon – Honors Convocation, Goodrich Chapel

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. – Student Research Platform Presentations

  • Forum 1 – Norris 100
  • Forum 2 – Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101
  • Forum 3 – Norris 102
  • Forum 4 – Norris 104

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Student Research Poster Presentations, Science Complex Atrium

7:00 p.m. – Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address, Goodrich Chapel

About the Isaac Research Symposium

Welcome to the Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium at Albion College.

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.

Hugh McDiarmid, ’84

2014 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni LectureHugh McDiarmid, Albion College Class of 1984

“Michigan’s Clean Energy Success and Why Not Everyone Is Thrilled”

April 23, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101

As communications director with the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), Hugh McDiarmid, Jr., '84, works with more than 60 environmental, public health, and faith-based groups across the state dedicated to positive change through the political process. Based in Lansing, MEC works on issues such as clean energy, forest management, children's health, environmental justice, transportation, climate change, and air pollution. Surrounded by the world's largest freshwater ecosystem, MEC is also heavily involved with issues affecting the health and preservation of the Great Lakes.

An English major at Albion, McDiarmid worked as a reporter and editor at the Roscommon Herald-News and the Grand Rapids-based Advance Newspapers before joining the Detroit Free Press in 1996. At the Free Press, McDiarmid won numerous state and national awards within news beats as varied as crime, politics, local government, and breaking news. He became the Free Press' environmental writer in 2003 where he broke news on issues including Great Lakes water pollution, lead poisoning in Michigan children, dioxin contamination downstream from Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, and efforts to protect public access to the Upper Peninsula's hardwood forests.

McDiarmid is a member of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council. He was a member of Albion's Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and active with Albion's club lacrosse team. McDiarmid lives in Farmington, where he keeps bees and plays goalie on a master's lacrosse team.

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