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Student and Faculty Scholarship to be Celebrated During Husson University’s Seventh Annual Research and Scholarship Day

Published on: April 20, 2016

BANGOR, MAINE - Husson University will be celebrating students and faculty members’ contributions to the scientific and clinical research community’s growing body of knowledge during its Seventh Annual Research and Scholarship Day on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in the Gracie Theatre and the adjacent Darling Atrium. During the event, undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from all of the university’s colleges and schools will share the results of their many capstone research projects, graduate theses and other activities devoted to understanding our world.

This year’s plenary speaker is the Joseph E. Murray Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Harvard Medical School, Elof Eriksson, M.D., Ph.D. He is also the chief and senior surgeon in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

His talk will be about “Face Transplants,” a procedure that his group at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital has performed on seven individuals with severe facial disfigurements. Dr. Eriksson’s talk will start at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 and is appropriate for members of the university community and anyone interested in this topic. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In assessing the significance of Eriksson’s presentation, Dr. William J. Lindblad, professor of pharmacology, and director of Husson University’s Office of Research and Scholarship said: “Our face shows the world who we are. A new face can have a significant impact on both our self-image and the ways that others treat us. This should be an exciting interdisciplinary presentation.”

Immediately following Eriksson’s presentation will be a recognition ceremony honoring the best research posters. A reception in the Darling Atrium will conclude the event.

“Every year, Husson students and faculty members make important contributions to our understanding of the world. Research and Scholarship Day is an annual opportunity for us to recognize their efforts. Their works helps us better understand the issues, materials, and processes that affect our lives every day. The depth and diversity of students’ original thinking is a testament to the outstanding education we offer to aspiring professionals,” said Lynne Coy-Ogan, Ed.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Husson University.

Research and Scholarship Day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in the Darling Atrium in the Beardsley Meeting House with a display of posters that summarize many of the scholarly activities undertaken during the past year. This is followed at 10:00 a.m. by oral platform presentations in the Gracie Theatre where research originators share their findings. From 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., research authors will be present to stand by their posters and answer questions about their findings. Following Dr. Eriksson’s plenary address, there will be a concluding reception and presentation at 2:30 p.m. recognizing the Best Student Research Posters as judged by a select group of Husson University faculty and staff members. Top scoring student posters will be awarded gift certificates to the Husson University Bookstore.

About this year’s plenary speaker:

Born in Backe, Sweden, Dr. Elof Eriksson attended the University of Goteborg in Sweden, where he obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. Dr. Eriksson went on to train at hospitals in both Sweden and the US, including University of Chicago Hospitals and the Medical College of Virginia, where he completed a fellowship in plastic surgery. In 1986, Dr. Eriksson joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where he was named the chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery. In 2006, as a specialist in wound care, Dr. Eriksson initiated and oversaw the Wound Care Guidelines Project, an initiative spearheaded by the Wound Healing Society which published guidelines for treatment and therapies for wound care. At BWH, Dr. Eriksson lead the creation of the Research Laboratory for Tissue Repair and Gene Therapy, which aims at creating better treatment for both acute and chronic wounds. Eriksson also oversaw the creation of the plastic surgery transplantation program at BWH, a novel and unique program focused on state-of-the-art facial and hand transplantation.

About Husson University:

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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