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The Academic Minute for 8.11-8.15

Monday, August 11
Alyssa Crittenden - University of Nevada Las Vegas  
Microbiota of the Hadza Tribe
Dr. Alyssa Crittenden is a behavioral ecologist and nutritional anthropologist at UNLV. She works among the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania, East Africa. Her research interests include the evolution of the human diet, the evolution of childhood, the development of children's pro-social behavior, and the origins of the division of labor between the sexes.  She applies the principles of evolutionary theory to the study of human behavior and cultural diversity.

Tuesday, August 12
Mark Hunter - University of Michigan
Flourishing Despite Climate Change
Dr. Mark Hunter is the Henry A. Gleason Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor's degree in 1984 and his doctorate in 1988, both from the University of Oxford in England. After serving as a NATO International Fellow and an NSERC International Fellow, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1995. While at UGA, he served as Professor in the Institute of Ecology and as founding Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes. He joined the University of Michigan in January 2006.  

Wednesday, August 13
Pamela Keel - Florida State University
Facebook and Eating Disorders
Dr. Pamela K. Keel, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Eating Behaviors Research Clinic at Florida State University. She received her A.B. in Anthropology summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1992, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1998 and completed her clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center in 1998.     

Thursday, August 14
Kari Cooper - University of California Davis    
Reservoirs of Magma
Dr. Kari Cooper is an assistant professor at The University of California Davis' Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Her research focuses on geochemistry, volcanology, and igneous petrology, on timescales of magmatic processes, from melt generation and transport to storage and crystallization in crustal reservoirs, and on tracing the distribution and abundance of crustal materials that have been recycled through the mantle.

Friday, August 15
Brian Hesse - Northwest Missouri State University   
Chibuku and Growing Rates of African Beer Consumption
Dr. Brian Hesse is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University. Books of his include the edited Somalia: State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy and The United States, South Africa and Africa: Of Grand Foreign Policy Aims and Modest Means. Articles of his have appeared in African Studies Review, the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Current History, International Journal, Journal of Asia-Pacific Affairs, and other publications. Dr. Hesse is also a seasonal African Safari Guide and owner of Cowabunga Safaris.

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