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2010 Keynote Speakers
Mayor Plusquellic

2010 Featured Dignitary Speaker

Mayor Donald Plusquellic's career in public service now spans five decades, and his dedication and work for his community have brought Akron greater opportunity and prepared it well for the future. The Mayor's most important mission, along with improving education, has been securing and fortifying Akron's economic future. Still in its early stages, the Biomedical Corridor holds a key to the city's economic future. For the economy and jobs of the future, Mayor Plusquellic is attracting health-related companies to Akron by using more than 1,200 acres of private and publicly owned land that is also home to Children's Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Summa's Akron City Hospital, the University of Akron, the University Park Alliance neighborhood and most of downtown. Citing Akron as one of the most successful cities between the eastern seaboard and Chicago, The Brookings Institution calls Akron an economic recovery model for other cities to follow. Countless awards and honors have been bestowed upon Mayor Plusquellic in his career. As a testament to his leadership, the Mayor received---in 2009---the City Livability Award. The annual honor from the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes community leadership.

Mike Williamson

2010 Science & Innovation Specialist

Michael Williamson, Ph. D., founded WhaleNet in 1993, and it has become one of the most outstanding sites on the internet which excites students about math, science, the environment and technology. Dr. Williamson is an Associate Professor of Science at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where he has taught marine biology, oceanography, physical science, ecology, and mathematics courses since 1988. Dr. Williamson has been instrumental in the satellite tracking projects of Harbor Porpoises, Loggerhead Turtles, Hooded Seals, and Northern Right Whales. He also coordinates S.T.O.P., the Satellite Tagging Observation Programs. WhaleNet's website shows maps and data from previous satellite tagging studies as well as a catalogue of Humpback Whales that gives photographs and sighting information of the Humpbacks.

Erden Eruc

World Adventurer Speaker via Satellite Phone

Erden Eruc, the extraordinary world adventurer, is currently in the third year of his mission to Circumnavigate the World by Human Power. Eruc first crossed the Atlantic, then his Pacific crossing took him to Australia where he biked across that continent, and now he is traveling west across the Indian Ocean. He uses a high tech row boat. During the Induction Ceremony, he will make a short presentation via satellite phone from the Indian Ocean and he will answer a few questions. Follow his journey on his website:


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