The "Indiana Jones of virus hunting," internationally respected biologist Nathan Wolfe discusses the exciting work of pandemic disease prevention for Albion College's 2015 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote lecture, capping Albion College's Isaac Student Research Symposium. Wolfe takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel. The Symposium opens Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Norris Science Center Towsley Hall, as international health expert and child neurology resident Samata Singhi, '05, presents the Symposium's Alumni lecture.
Hailed by such publications as Time and Rolling Stone for his global contribution, Wolfe travels the world to track, study, and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. He has established field research sites in countries most at risk for developing deadly animal-to-human diseases like HIV, SARS and West Nile virus. Wolfe's proactive approach to disease prevention has the potential to save millions of lives worldwide, and he has received over $16 million in support of his work, 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.
At Albion, Singhi's academic and co-curricular work in the U.S. and in India were the basis of an honors thesis that earned her the Maurice L. Branch Award for outstanding research and scholarship in economics. Singhi earned a master's degree in international health from the London School of Economics and Political Science then graduated from the medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where she focused on pediatric neurology. Singhi is currently chief resident for the Child Neurology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
From 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, more than 100 Albion students will present research papers and other scholarship during the Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium. The Symposium honors alumnus "Ike" Isaac, '48, who served for 25 years at Albion as a coach, professor and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director for the University of the Pacific. The Symposium was established in 1991 by Isaac's former students and team members.
All Symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, see the Symposium Web page, http://www.albion.edu/isaac/ or contact Symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517/629-0382.