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Monday, November 3
Maria Cancian - University of Wisconsin Madison
Evolution of Custody
Dr. Maria Cancian is Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, and an affiliate and former Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research considers the relationship between public policies and changes in family organization and well being. She is Principal Investigator, with Daniel R. Meyer, for the Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration. Professor Cancian has served as a W. T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in residence at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. She received her doctorate in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Tuesday, November 4
Michele Gelfand - University of Maryland    
American Regionalism
Dr. Michele Gelfand is Professor of Psychology and affiliate of the RH Smith School of Business and is a Distinguished University Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. in Social/ Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Gelfand’s is an expert on cultural influences on conflict, negotiation, justice, and revenge; workplace diversity and discrimination; and theory and methods in cross-cultural management. Her work has been published in top outlets such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, among others.
Wednesday, November 5
Jennie Brand - University of California Los Angeles
Benefits of Higher Education
Dr. Jennie Brand is a professor of sociology at The University of California Los Angeles. She studies social inequality and its implications for various outcomes that indicate life chances. Her research agenda encompasses three main areas: (1) access to and the impact of higher education; (2) the socioeconomic and social-psychological consequences of disruptive events, such as job displacement; and (3) causal inference and the application and innovation of quantitative methods for panel data. See CCPR Working Papers for recent working manuscripts and Google Scholar and Pub Med for published works.  

Thursday, November 6
Paul Arciero - Skidmore College
Quality of Exercise
Dr. Paul Arciero‘s research interests include the influence of nutritional and physical activity intervention on energy metabolism, body composition, glucose tolerance and cardiovascular disease risk in healthy and diseased populations. Professor Arciero obtains both internal and external funding for his research and regularly collaborates and publishes with students on various research topics. At present, his primary focus is evaluating the effectiveness of different macronutrient intakes and exercise training interventions on body composition, energy metabolism, markers of cardiovascular risk and cognitive function adults of all ages. Currently, Professor Arciero is collaborating with other experts in the field on a two year study examining the effects of an interactive exergame on exercise behavior, neuropscyhological function and physiological outcomes in independent, community-dwelling adults. Professor Arciero looks to follow this study up with one examining the same outcomes in younger, middle school aged populations.

Friday, November 7
Steve Gimbel - Gettysburg College                
An Ethics of Joking
Dr. Steve Gimbel‘s research focuses on the connection between scientific evidence and explanation, interpretations of the geometrical aspects of gravitation theories, and the development of 20th century analytic philosophy. He has also been interested in questions of sportsmanship arising from the Kasparov/Deep Blue chess match, the geometry of M.C. Escher’s art, the environmental ethic of the American Nazi Party, and Dr. Seuss’ non-trivial use of tautologies. Most recently, he has been working in the philosophy of humor. The classes Steve teaches include Einstein in Wonderland: Physics, Philosophy and Other Nonsense; Bad Science, Wrong Science and Pseudo-science; Language, Truth, and Reality; From Zero to Infinity: Philosophical Revolutions in the History of Numbers; and From Aristotle to Einstein: Philosophical Revolutions in the History of Space.

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