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The Academic Minute for 11.10-11.14

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Monday, November 10
Mohamad Koubeissi - George Washington University
Explaining Consciousness
Dr. Mohamad Koubeissi is the Director of the Epilepsy Center at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Koubeissi earned his Bachelor’s Degree with honors in mathematics (1995) and his medical degree (1999) from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. He spent a year as a postdoctoral research fellow at AUB studying mechanisms of epilepsy in animals before he pursued his clinical training in Neurology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY (2000-2002), New York University in New York, NY (2002-2004), and in Epilepsy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (2004-2006). He was on faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH for 6 years before he joined George Washington University in 2012. During, and after, his training, Dr. Koubeissi has started new lines of research projects in epilepsy. He is interested in understanding mechanisms of alteration of consciousness that accompanies seizures and in finding novel treatments for patients who fail to be controlled by anti-seizure medications. He has lectured on the medical and surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy all over the Unites States as well as in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has published his papers in esteemed medical journals, and has edited three books on epilepsy. He has earned numerous honors and is a reviewer for a number of major journals.

Tuesday, November 11
Joseph Rubin - University of Saskatchewan    
Dr. Joseph Rubin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Dr. Rubin is interested in clinical infectious disease at the animal-human-food interface. He enjoys a diverse research portfolio encompassing organisms from humans, dogs, chickens, pigs, horses, wildlife and retail meat products. His research focuses on antimicrobial resistance surveillance, molecular epidemiology and the interspecies transmission of resistant organisms.  
Wednesday, November 12
Dan Baker - University of Colorado Boulder
Inclement Space Weather
Dr. Daniel N. Baker is Director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado - Boulder and is Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Physics there. He holds the Moog-Broad Reach Endowed Chair of Space Sciences at CU. He has edited eight books and published over 750 papers in the refereed literature. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the International Academy of Astronautics, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected in 2004 as an Associate of the U.S. National Academies and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Baker was chosen as the 2007 winner of the University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for outstanding research, service, and teaching and was the CU Distinguished Research Lecturer in 2010. Dr. Baker was also the 2010 winner of the AIAA James A. Van Allen Space Environments Medal. He was the 2012 recipient of the American Astronomical Society (SPD) Popular Writing Award and Prize and delivered the Van Allen Lecture at the 2012 American Geophysical Union meeting. He currently is lead investigator on several NASA space missions including the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, and the NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP, now renamed the Van Allen Probes) mission. He was a member of the 2006 Decadal Review of the U.S. National Space Weather Program and recently chaired the National Research Council’s 2013-2022 Decadal Survey in Solar and Space Physics.  

Thursday, November 13
Keith Hatschek - University of The Pacific
Jazz and Civil Rights
Keith Hatschek, director of the Music Management Program at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., has worked in all aspects of the music industry, from performer and songwriter to vice president of sales and marketing for Music Annex Inc. He is also the founder of Bayshore Studios. He headed Keith Hatschek & Associates, a San Francisco Bay Area-based marketing and public relations firm serving the entertainment and media technology industries, from 1995 to 2001 when he joined the faculty of University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. He is the author of “How to Get a Job in the Music and Recording Industry” (Berklee Press, 2007) and “The Golden Moment: Recording Secrets” (Backbeat Books, 2005). He is a recognized scholar of Dave and Iola Brubeck and is writing a biography on their lives. His article, “The Impact of American Jazz Diplomacy in Poland During the Cold War,” was published in a 2010 issue of Jazz Perspectives, an international peer-reviewed journal devoted entirely to jazz scholarship. He writes a monthly column for the music  blog “Echoes: Insight for Independent Artists.” He recently appeared at the 55th annual Monterey Jazz Festival as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Dave and Iola Brubeck’s jazz musical, “The Real Ambassadors.” About University of the Pacific Established in 1851 as the first chartered university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy, and health sciences. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, which is home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Friday, November 14
Cristina Cox Fernandes - UMass Amherst                 
A New Species of Electric Fish
Cristina Cox Fernandes is an ecologist and ichthyologist with more than 25 years of experience in the Brazilian Amazon. A lecturer and adjunct research associate professor, she teaches Ichthyology and Amazon Aquatic Ecology at UMass and has taught different courses at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Manaus. Brazil. She received her Ph.D. at Duke University, and conducts collaborations with Brazilian and American researchers.

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