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The Academic Minute for 9.15-9.19

The Academic Minute for 9.15.2014 - 9.19.2014

Monday, September 15
Amanda Kibler - The University of Virginia   
Modern Language Learning
Dr. Amanda Kibler is an assistant professor of English education at the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia. She was the principal investigator for study. Dr. Kibler’s research interests include adolescent second language acquisition, multilingualism, and classroom interaction in linguistically diverse settings. She received a PhD in Educational Linguistics from Stanford University in 2009.  
Tuesday, September 16
Kirsten Beyer - Medical College of Wisconsin
Green Space Benefits
Dr. Kirsten Beyer received a PhD in Geography and MPH in Global Health from the University of Iowa, and subsequently completed an MS in Clinical and Translational Science at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her primary research interests are in the health impacts of neighborhood environmental characteristics such as green space and residential racial segregation, and the development of interventions to improve health and reduce health disparities through the use of community engaged research approaches.

Wednesday, September 17
Felicia Keesing - Bard College
Threatened Biodiversity
Dr. Felicia Keesing is a biologist at Bard College who studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. Much of her recent work focuses on how species diversity influences the probability that humans and other animals will be exposed to infectious diseases. In addition, she has worked in Kenya for over 15 years studying how the disappearance of elephants, giraffes, zebras, and other large mammals influences the way African savannas function. Keesing has published over 60 research articles and book chapters, and has received grant support from the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health.

Thursday, September 18
Frank Thompson - University of Missouri
Songbird Populations
Dr. Frank Thompson is a scientist with the USDA Forest Service and an associate cooperative professor in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. He conducted this research with colleagues W. Andrew Cox, a former post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, Allison Cox, and John Faaborg, a professor of biological sciences at MU.    
Friday, September 19
Joshua Weitz - Georgia Tech       
Dr. Joshua Weitz is an associate professor in the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is originally trained in Physics. His research focuses on the application of mathematical and physical models to the life sciences, including an emphasis on virus-host interactions. Dr. Weitz earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Weitz Group at Georgia Tech focuses on theoretical ecology and quantitative biology.

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