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UMFK'S FIRST SCHOLARS' SYMPOSIA SLATED FOR APRIL 23 A day to celebrate the scholarly achievements of UMFK students

January 26, 2010

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will convene its first Scholars’ Symposia on Friday, April 23, 2010 to showcase and celebrate the scholarly achievements of the University’s students. 

The theme of this year’s symposia is Life, Work, and Sustainability in Rural Communities.
 
The day-long symposia will include paper, poster, and panel sessions, as well as keynote addresses, performances, and exhibits across a broad-spectrum of scholarly disciplines.
 
Keynote speakers scheduled for the symposia are: Dr. Henrik Lund, professor of energy planning at Aalborg (Denmark) University, and Dr. George Baker, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
The Scholars’ Symposia is opened to all UMFK students, and to members of the St. John Valley community. The symposia are free, but registration is required at: www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/symposia/  The deadline for registering is Monday, March 15, 2010.
 
The goals of the Scholars’ Symposia include encouraging and facilitating the presentation of creative intellectual works by UMFK students, and in establishing and facilitating a theme related to the University's strategic mission and regional interests.
 
According to the committee that organized the event, “The Symposia was initiated by the UMFK faculty for a number of reasons: to showcase faculty scholarship, to nurture students' in their scholarly development, as well as to expand the opportunities for experiential learning, consistent with UMFK's mission and strategic plan.
 
“Additionally, the symposia expands opportunities for scholarly dialogue among faculty, staff, students, and the community. The 'symposia' is a superb opportunity for students to develop and polish the skills necessary for participating and presenting at professional functions.
 
“With the widespread support from all sectors on campus, we have every reason to anticipate that this event will be both informative and stimulating,” the committee added.
 
The Scholars’ Symposia will highlight and showcase thematic issues and showcase high-quality scholarly work through keynote and special panel sessions. It also will facilitate the exchange of ideas through a range of well-organized activities in varied venues across the campus.
 
The Scholars' Symposium at UMFK is intended to foster a community of engaged educators, researchers, and life-long learners who value academic excellence, scholarship, and intellectual curiosity.  It will be a day of stimulating presentations and discourse, focused on issues relevant to the region and to the University’s commitment to experiential learning, responsible citizenship, and environmental stewardship.
 
The participation of local residents and stakeholders in the Scholars’ Symposia is encouraged to better meet the region’s needs and to enhance greater collaboration between the University and the community.
 
Dr. Henrik Lund is a renewable energy planning specialist noted recently for his work in comprehensive renewable energy planning that targets "climate neutrality" (zero net fossil CO2 emissions) at the community level. Dr. Lund is a professor in the Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University in Denmark. His Ph.D., also from Aalborg University, was titled Implementation of Sustainable Energy Systems.
 
His recent work has focused on developing 100 percent renewable energy plans for communities in Europe. His writing includes "Sustainable Towns: The Case of Frederikshavn Aiming at 100 % Renewable Energy" in the forthcoming book: Sustainable Communities published by Lavoisier. Professor Lund sits on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals including as editor-in-chief of Energy, The International Journal.
 
Dr. George P. Baker is the Herman C. Krannert professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He has published works on management incentives, leveraged buyouts, organizational economics, and the relationship between a firm's ownership structure and its management.
 
Baker's recent work has focused on the problem of managerial performance measurement, and its role in the design of incentive systems and on the structure and performance of organizations. He also is the author of a book on the firm of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. published by Cambridge University Press. Most recently, Dr. Baker has served as the CEO of the Fox Islands, Maine wind project - a 4.5 megawatt wind energy installation in coastal Maine.
 
At Harvard Business School, Dr. Baker teaches in the master of business administration, as well as doctoral, programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, he worked both as a consultant with Temple, Barker and Sloane, and as a marketing manager with Teradyne Inc. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.