St. Albert’s Day Student Research Forum: April 14, 2015
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HISTORY OF ST. ALBERT’S DAY AT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITYIn 1997, faculty from the health science schools, as well as from the College of Arts and Sciences, expressed an interest in promoting the interaction between faculty scientists and students at Creighton University at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A series of discussions resulted in the first St. Albert’s Day celebration, which was held on November 24, 1997. Since 1997, the St. Albert’s Day poster session has been an annual event at Creighton University. In 2008, the event was expanded to include oral presentations as well as posters. Awards will be presented for the ‘best poster’ in three categories, as well as for the ‘best presentation.’St. Albert the Great was born in 1205 or 1206, and as a youth was sent to pursue his studies at the University of Padua. He joined the Order of St. Dominic in 1223. He completed a Doctor’s degree at the university in Paris, which was celebrated as a school of theology. In 1254 Albert was elected Provincial of his Order in Germany. He resigned this office in 1257 in order to devote himself to study and to teaching. He was canonized in 1931. He is the patron saint of scientists and was the mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was called the “Doctor Universalis” (Universal Doctor), in recognition of his extraordinary genius and extensive knowledge. He composed a veritable encyclopedia that contained scientific treatises on almost every subject. He was proficient in every branch of learning cultivated in his day, including physics, mathematics and metaphysics, and his writings did not distinguish between the sciences and philosophy.