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John Ferris, ’89

John Ferris, ’892011 Elkin R. Isaac Lecture

Product Planning Manager, Elec. Vehicles & Infrastructure, Energy and Environmental Policy & Commercialization, General Motors Company

“Recharging the Auto Industry: The Story of the Chevrolet Volt”

Wednesday, April 13, 2011; 7:30 p.m.
Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 100

Mr. Ferris has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, including multiyear assignments in corporate finance, corporate strategy, product planning, and advanced vehicle development. He has also traveled and worked overseas in Japan, South Korea, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAB). Ferris was a member of the Chevrolet Volt Concept Team and was the program planning lead for the Chevy Volt production program. He is currently managing electric infrastructure development and home charging installation for the Volt and future General Motors Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) programs. Ferris started his GM career at Saturn Corp. and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 1994, he was selected as one of eight MBA students nationally to participate in the 1994 Business Fellowships in Japan Program.

About the Elkin R. Isaac Endowment.

Richard Alley

2014 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote AddressRichard Alley

“A Brighter Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Optimistic Future of Energy and Environment”

April 24, 2014
7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel

Teacher, researcher and author Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. Alley has spent 14 field seasons on great ice sheets in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska, gathering data on climate and sea-level change. His development of future climate-change models earned him a seat on the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Alley is past chair of the National Research Council's Panel on Abrupt Climate Change, and has provided climate-change information to top federal officials including a U.S. vice president and members and committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Committed to educating the general public as well, Alley was presenter for the PBS program Earth: The Operators' Manual. He wrote a companion book for the PBS series and a popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, which was named Phi Beta Kappa's Science Book of the Year in 2001.

Alley is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has earned numerous research awards, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Heinz Prize, the Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union and the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society. He has won four teaching awards at Penn State, and his public service has been recognized with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Engagement with Science Award, the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America and the American Geological Institute Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences.

Alley will receive the National Academy of Sciences' triennial Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship on April 27, 2014.

Nathan Wolfe

Nathan Wolfe 2015 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address

“Before It Strikes: Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention”

April 23, 2015
7 p.m., Goodrich Chapel

The Indiana Jones of virus hunting, Nathan Wolfe travels the world to track, study, and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. One of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2011, this Viral Storm author draws on his breakthrough discoveries to tell us where viruses come from, why they spread, and how to stop them.

"Virus Hunter" Nathan Wolfe rethinks pandemic control for our globalized world. By concentrating on how epidemic diseases—such as HIV, SARS, and West Nile—all stem from human contact with infected animals, he is able to discover new threatening viruses where they first emerge. According to Wired magazine, "Wolfe's brand of globe-trotting echoes an almost Victorian scientific ethic, an expedition to catalog the unseen menagerie of the world." His debut book, The Viral Storm, is an "engrossing and fast-paced chronicle of medical exploration and discovery" (Publisher's Weekly) that takes readers from the jungles of Africa to Wolfe's state-of-the-art labs, shedding light on the often overlooked but ultimately critical field of microbiology. It was published in six languages and shortlisted for the Royal Society's Winton Prize.

Wolfe is the Lorry I. Lokey Business Wire Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University; the Founder and CEO of Metabiota, a company that specializes in microbiological research, products, and services; and the Chairman of Global Viral, a non-profit that promotes understanding, exploration, and stewardship of the microbial world. Wolfe was named a Rolling Stone "100 Agents of Change," a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is also the winner of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award. Wolfe has received over $60 million in grants and contracts from Google, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others—making him a man poised to eradicate pandemics before they even happen.

Greening of the Great Lakes

Nathan Wolfe spoke with Kirk Heinze, '70, on the April 12 edition of "Greening of the Great Lakes" (WJR-AM 760, Detroit).

Summer Research Projects, Summer 2013


Intersection of Immigration and Sexuality: Michigan Voices for LGBT Issues in U.S. Immigration
Chelsea Cutright (Adviser: Brian Watkins)

Art and Art History

Exploring the Graphic Novel as an Artistic and Narrative Medium
Sara Jongeward (Adviser: Gary Wahl)


Three-Dimensional Structure Modeling of Anabaena Group I Ribozyme
Alex Schumaker (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman)


Assessment of Microbial Community Dynamics in Aquatic and Adjacent Terrestrial Environments: A Comparative Study Along the Kalamazoo River 
Bradley Baker (Adviser: Ola Olapade)

Alarm Call Modifications and Behavioral Responses to Predatory Threats in Breeding House Wrens
Scott DesRosiers (Adviser: Douglas White)

Determining Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities of Indigenous Microbes Along the Kalamazoo River
Anne Marie Galus (Adviser: Ola Olapade)

Nestling Responses to Alarm and Food Calls of Adult House Wrens
Rachel Kohanov (Adviser: E. Dale Kennedy)

Investigation of the Inhibition of Angiogenesis by sJAM-B Via the SRC Kinase
Adam Kudirka (Adviser: Bradley Rabquer)

Host-Pathogen Interaction in Drosophila and Wolbachia
Jack Manquen (Adviser: Roger Albertson)

A Survey of Parkage Trees in Albion Economic Neighborhoods and Public Housing
Lucas Martin (Adviser: Dan Skean)

An Analysis of the Spread of the Wolbachia Bacterium in Michigan Populations of Drosophila
Allison McClish (Adviser: Roger Albertson)

A Drosophila Model For Characterization of Mumps Virus/Host Interactions
Adam Ronk (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Quantitative Investigation of an Alpha-Synuclein-Proteasome Interaction: A Model for Parkinson's Disease in Drosophila melanogaster
Luke Salbert (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Annotating Fosmids in Drosophila
Brittney Stanton (Adviser: Ken Saville)

Effect of sJAM-C on Monocyte Migration Through ERK Pathway
Lizzie Tuma (Adviser: Bradley Rabquer)

The Prevalence and Intensity of Aeromonas Hydrophila in Frog Populations in South Central Michigan
Anna Ward (Adviser: Dean McCurdy)


Investigation of Phosphate-Catalyzed Dimerization of Simple Sugars
Erica Earl (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey)

The Taylor Reaction: An Exploration Into Vinylboronic Compounds
Jillian McManaman (Adviser: Cliff Harris)

Room Temperature Synthesis of Shaped Palladium Nanoparticles on Carbon Microspheres
Stephanie Sanders (Adviser: Kevin Metz)

Manganese Chemistry in an Automated Liquid Handler
Brendan Wass (Adviser: Cliff Harris)

Economics and Management

Marxian and Keynesian Approaches to Economic Crisis With the Focus On the Great Recession
Tram Hoang (Adviser: Gregory Saltzman)

Capital Account Liberalization
John Rogers (Adviser: Bohan Ilievski)


Jane Austen and Christianity: How Austen's Works Reflect Her Views
Elizabeth Nykamp (Adviser: Sally Jordan)

Investigating Creative Nonfiction: Climate Change and the Younger Generation
Olivia Potoczak (Adviser: Nels Christensen)

Artistic Creation As a Means of Overcoming the Horrors of Trench Warfare
Emma Stapley (Adviser: Mary Collar)

Are Superheros a Modern Mythology?
Travis Trombley (Adviser: Amity Reading)

Realizing the Body Through Poetry
Lindsay Weiss (Adviser: Mary Collar)


Lava Glow Analysis: Insight Into the Past Volcanic Activity of the Black Rock Desert, Utah
Ben Hinks (Adviser: Thomas Wilch)

Investigating the Fluid Mediated Chemical Exchange Between Eclogite and Orthogneiss During Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphism in the Tso Morari Terrane, Indian Himalayas
David Huggins (Adviser: Carrie Menold)

Spatial and Temporal Measurements of the Sources of Groundwater Entering the Kalamazoo River and Rice Creek
Heidi Keller (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Invertebrate Palaeontology of the Mississippian Bayport Limestone, Bellevue, Michigan
Evan New (Adviser: Bill Bartels)

Using Remote Sensing and Field Spectrometry to Discriminate Maize and Soybeans for Cropland Mapping Applications
Hannah Pankratz (Adviser: Michael McRivette)

Fluid Inclusion Study of the Black Hills
James Reynolds (Adviser: Tim Lincoln)

Stream Channel Morphology and Ground Water Flow and its Relationship to Diel Turbidity Cycles
Noelle Scelina (Adviser: Thomas Wilch)

Description of a Remarkable Occurrence of Fossil Turtles From the Eocene of Wyoming
Glenn Tigner (Adviser: Bill Bartels)


The War: The Impact of World War II on Albion College
Christopher Blaker (Adviser: Wesley Dick)

American Perceptions of Mao Zedong Since 1937
Patrick Buck (Adviser: Midori Yoshii)


Dividing By Zero
Rebecca Guntz (Adviser: Mark Bollman)

An Investigation Into Wheel Theory
Brian Wu (Adviser: Mark Bollman)


Is Silence Golden?: Creating a Soundtrack For a Silent Film
Brandon Douglas (Adviser: Samuel McIlhagga)

Marching Percussion: The Art of Creative Redesign
Elizabeth Renaud (Adviser: Samuel McIlhagga)

Spoken Word Poetry: Translating It to Paper
Raysha Stacey (Adviser: Marureen Balke)


Classical Conditioning in the Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris): An Olfactory Paradigm
Holly Paxton (Adviser: W. Jeffrey Wilson)

Language and Creativity
Emma Schaff (Advisers: Andrea Francis and Mareike Wieth)

Reducing Health Anxiety when Investigating Health Conditions Online
Danielle Wesolowicz (Adviser: Mareike Wieth)

Sleep, Nutrition, and Performance in College Athletes
Alexandra Yaw (Adviser: Tammy Jechura)


Statistical Analysis of Lunar Impact Products
Stefan Blachut (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner)

Political Science

A New Deal For Michigan
Salaina Catalano (Adviser: Wesley Dick)


Wharf Rats: Ex-Addicts Still Touring The Greatful Dead
Joshua Cohen (Adviser: Scott Melzer)

How Hip-Hop Is Reviving Detroit
Walter Kacher (Adviser: Lynn Verduzco-Baker)


The Actor's Path: Antiquity to Modern Day
Callie Bussell (Adviser: Robert Starko)

Women and Gender Studies

Aftercare For Sex Trafficking Survivors
Nora Riggs (Adviser: Tricia Franzen)

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