March 18, 2003
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

Symposium XXIII Highlights Outstanding Undergraduate Research at EMU;
Founder of “Spray-on Skin” for Burns is Keynote Speaker

YPSILANTI —“American and French Cultural Misunderstanding in the Business Realm,” “The Internet and the Erosion of Childhood” and “Evaluating Social Protest Music: 1960s-Present,” are just a few of the topics to be presented during EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium XXIII, Friday, March 28 in McKenny Union.

The event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, recognizes and celebrates the exceptional research of undergraduate EMU students. Participating students must be nominated by a faculty member, recommended by their respective departments and share the results of their academic activities in a conference-like format. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Dr. Fiona Wood, head of the burn unit at the Royal Perth Hospital, Australia, is the keynote speaker at the symposium’s luncheon, 1-2 p.m., Ballroom, McKenny Union. Wood also is the director and chief medical officer of Clinical Cell Culture, a private tissue engineering company that develops new burn treatments. Wood was invited to campus by presenter Elizabeth Storey, a senior from Olmsted Falls, Ohio, who is majoring in special education. Storey started to correspond with Wood while researching a “spray-on-skin” burn treatment Wood invented. The luncheon is by invitation only.
Students will present their research through oral or poster presentations in the ground, main and 2nd floor rooms of McKenny Union.

The oral presentations are as follows: Session A, 8:30-9:45 a.m.; Session B, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Session C, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Poster presentations are 9 a.m-12:30 p.m., Guild Hall, 2nd floor, McKenny Union.

Symposium XXIII is organized by a planning committee composed of representatives from all College of Arts and Sciences departments and participating colleges.

For more information, contact: Wendy Kivi, event coordinator, 734.487.3198 or; Dennis Beagen, event chair, 734.487.3130, or

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service. EMU offers more than 400 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, off-site continuing education classes and online courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan, serving 24,500 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.