Wednesday April 11, 2007

A Higher Research Stander-d

Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, will discuss public health, human rights and international political involvement at this year's Stander Symposium. The symposium highlights student research.

Doctors Without Borders co-founder and former president Bernard Kouchner will deliver the keynote address at the University of Dayton's year-end student research symposium at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, in UD's Frericks Convocation Center.

Kouchner, currently the professor of public health at France's Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, will discuss public health, human rights and international political involvement. A medical doctor, he also continues to promote universal access to medical care and the fight against AIDS.

Kouchner, the first person to challenge the Red Cross's stance of neutrality and silence in wars and massacres, also has served in separate posts as France's minister of health, social integration and humanitarian affairs.

Kouchner's talk is part of the annual Stander Symposium, which celebrates academic excellence. More than 60 student presentations - including panel discussions and visual arts displays - and 260 student posters highlight the symposium.

UD student Matthew Gordon's findings - combining supplier and retailer information creates a more seamless supply chain, better inventory control and customer service - are among the Stander Symposium research presentations. Gordon's research received the top prize at the Association for Operations Management international conference.

"To grow at global speed, you have to be willing to give up and share knowledge to advance above the competition," said Gordon who will take a consulting job in Chicago after graduating in August from UD's MBA program.

All of the presentations, which showcase UD's hands-on learning opportunities, take place Wednesday, April 18, at various campus locations. Click here for a complete schedule.

The Stander Symposium starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in UD's Immaculate Conception Chapel with a Red Mass, which traditionally calls upon the Holy Spirit for the gifts of wisdom, learning and creativity.

Later that evening, at 8 p.m. in the Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main Street, UD music, visual arts, theater and dance students will hold a Celebration of the Arts. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Noble Carneys and Ebony Heritage Singers will perform as well. Herbert Martin, UD's poet-in-residence, will host the event.

All Stander Symposium events are free and open to the public. Tickets, available through the Kennedy Union box office at 937-229-2545, are required for Kouchner's talk and the Celebration of the Arts.

The symposium, in its 19th year, is named for former UD provost Bro. Joseph W. Stander, S.M., to honor his spirit of collaboration and education through community in the Marianist tradition.

For more information, contact Kathleen Webb at 937-229-4263. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.