“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.
For more than two decades, the Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium has honored 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.
"For many students, FURSCA research will lead to national presentations and publications," Ian MacInnes, English professor and FURSCA director, says. "These can help them enroll in graduate programs and succeed in their fields."
MacInnes says FURSCA helps students plan and study independently, and to problem solve over the course of their summer research. That independent project management experience is a hallmark of the liberal arts, he says.
"I was impressed with this group of students," he says. "The quality of their work, and particularly their presentations, was very high."
Here are six projects from this summer's FURSCA session: Read more
Research Grants 2010-2011
Art and Art History
Frames of Mind Stephanie Vance (Adviser: Gary Wahl)
The Study of Fetor Oris and Microbial Diversity within the Human Oral Microbiome in Relation to Oral Hygiene Practices Alexandra Beach (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)
Comparison of Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Microbial Assemblages Along Nutrient Gradient in Rice Creek, Michigan Erin Goldman (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)
Description of an Unknown Amphipod, Nemertean, and Isopod Found in the Intertidal Mudflats of Suriname, South America Cynthia Hanson (Adviser: Dr. McCurdy)
Assessment of Source, Transport, and Fate of Fecal Indicator Bacterial Populations Along the Watershed of the Kalamazoo River. Kayleigh Pung (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)
Efficacy of Nanoscale Catalysts for the Remediation of Trichloroethanes in Comparison to Methylosinus Trichosporium Jeremy Covell (Adviser: Dr. Metz)
Synthesis of Terpines from Limonene Seth Dawson (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)
Improving the Reproducibility of Nanoparticle Production on Glassy Carbon Surfaces Lyndsey Reynolds (Adviser: Dr. Metz)
Developing a Technique for the Reuse of Glassy Carbon Planchets Patrick Underwood (Adviser: Dr. Metz)
Metamorphic Pressure-Temperature Paths of UHP Eclogites from Tso Morari, India, NW Himalaya Nicole Rockentine (Adviser: Dr. Menold)
Ambient Noise Stephen Dudas (Adviser: Dr. Hendrix)
Concept Art for a Design Document and Honors Thesis Culver Redd (Adviser: Dr. Miller)
Emotional Intelligence as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Shyness and Feelings of Inadequacy: A Cross-Cultural Examination Erica Ahlich (Adviser: Dr. Carlson)
The Designing of a Board Game to Assist Children with High-Functioning Autism Ages Six to Twelve in the Development of their Socioemotional Skills Maria Kaisler (Adviser: Dr. Carlson)
Women and Gender Studies
Food, Farming, and the Liberal Arts: An Exploration of Multi-Disciplinary Gardens Jessie Baird (Adviser: Prof. Franzen)