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February 9, 2012


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold its third annual Scholars'Symposium, a day to celebrate the scholarly achievements of UMFK students through lectures, poster presentations, exhibits, and performances, will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012.

The theme of this year's event is: One World, One Health.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., acclaimed author and ecologist, will be the keynote speaker at the Symposium. Dr. Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally-recognized authority on the environment, links to cancer, and human health. Her highly-acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, presents cancer as a human rights issue.

Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, associate vice president for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity at the University of Southern Maine, and

Dr. Dan Ferber, award-winning science writer/author, also will speak during the day-long event. Ferber is coauthor of the new book, Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It.

In its relatively short history, the UMFK Scholars' Symposium has helped foster a community of engaged educators, researchers, and life-long learners who value academic excellence, scholarship, and intellectual curiosity.

During the past two years, the day has presented stimulating presentations and discourse focused on issues relevant to the region and to UMFK's mission of providing students with experiential learning, and nurturing responsible citizenship, and environmental stewardship.

For further information about the Scholars' Symposium, please visit the website at: