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The Academic Minute for 12.01-12.05

Monday, December 1
Alfred Crosby - UMass Amherst
New Adhesive Technology
Dr. Alfred Crosby is a materials scientist and engineer interested in the mechanics of soft materials and biological systems and the leader of the initial project that developed Geckskin™. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Virginia in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in 2000. In addition to Geckskin™, he leads a research group focused on learning and using lessons from nature to understand and design materials. His research on adhesion, wrinkling, cavitation, and nanoparticle assemblies has garnered international acclaim and numerous honors and awards. He has published more than 100 papers, has delivered well over 100 invited and plenary lectures, and has been highlighted extensively in the popular media. He holds several patents for the technologies that have evolved from his group’s research.
Tuesday, December 2

Brian Southwell - UNC at Chapel Hill      
Social Media Disparity
Dr. Brian Southwell is Director of the Science in the Public Sphere Program in the Center for Communication Science at RTI International. He also is a Research Professor (of Mass Communication) and Adjunct Associate Professor (of Health Behavior) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, Dr. Southwell is an Adjunct Professor with Duke University’s Energy Initiative, a university-wide effort to promote innovation in energy consumption and delivery.

Before moving to North Carolina, Southwell served for almost a decade at the University of Minnesota, most recently as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health. Additionally, he has worked for a variety of nonprofit and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ogilvy Public Relations.
Wednesday, December 3
Eve Waltermaurer - SUNY New Paltz
Intersection of Crime & Health
Dr. Eve Waltermaurer holds a PhD in Epidemiology, with a concentration in Criminology from the University at Albany. She has conducted research on violence and youth risk behaviors among other topics for the past twenty years. She is currently the director of research and evaluation for SUNY New Paltz’ Center for Research, Regional Engagement and Outreach, also known as CRREO. She is the lead editor of Epidemiological Criminology: Theory to Practice, published by Taylor & Francis, May 2013.
Thursday, December 4
Spike Lee - University of Toronto
Framing Love
Dr. Spike W. S. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Toronto. He is interested in the embodied and metaphorical nature of human thinking, which often leads to quirky effects (e.g., physical cleansing helps people move on by “wiping the slate clean”; when people “smell something fishy,” they become suspicious and invest less money in a trust-dependent economic game). Specifically, he explores how the mind interacts with the body in multiple ways; why mind-body relations are often predicted by the metaphors we use; when and how metaphors influence judgment, affect, and behavior; what cognitive principles govern these metaphorical effects and how they vary by experimental, social, and cultural context.
Friday, December 5
Gary Small - UCLA                    
Teens and Screens
Gary Small, MD, is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he is also Founding Director of the UCLA Memory Clinic and Director of the UCLA Center on Aging. Dr. Small has worked in the field of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain health for the past three decades. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. Small has authored more than 500 scientific works, and six popular books, including the New York Times best-seller “The Memory Bible” and “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.”

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