Wilson Symposium to celebrate student work


FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will hold its fifth annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium, a university-wide day of celebration of outstanding student scholarship and creative achievements across academic disciplines, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, on the UMF campus.

Supported by a gift by Michael and Susan Angelides, in honor of their friend Michael D. Wilson, UMF class of 1976, this year’s events will be presented at various venues on campus and are free and open to the public.

Students at this year’s symposium will present studies across the curriculum, including the original research findings of the 2009-10 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholars and Fellows, also supported by the Angelides. These will include timely topics such as: how the Bracero Agreement set the stage for Mexico-U.S. immigration, the New Balance Shoe Company’s success in the global market, music’s effect on consumer behavior, impact of the declining New England dairy industry and saving the planet one room at a time.

Additionally, David Gibson, UMF professor of geology and UMF trustee professor for 2009-10, will present his study on enhancing the analytical capabilities of XRF technology to source volcanic deposits in Antarctic glacial ice and Paleo-Indian artifacts.

The symposium is organized by the UMF Culture Committee. A full schedule of events can be found at symposium.umf.maine.edu/symposium-2010/.