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The Academic Minute for 12.22 - 12.26

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Monday, December 22
Stephen Stearns - Yale University
Continuing Human Evolution
Prof. Stephen Stearns specializes in life history evolution, which links the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, and in evolutionary medicine. He came to Yale in 2000 from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he had been professor of zoology since 1983 and held several administrative posts. A 1967 graduate of Yale College, Stearns earned a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.  He was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, before taking up an appointment at Reed College prior to moving to Switzerland. Prof. Stearns founded and has served as president of both the European Society for Evolutionary Biology and the Tropical Biology Association and founded two journals, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology and Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health.
 
Tuesday, December 23
Brooke Macnamara - Case Western Reserve University      
Perfect Practice
Dr. Brooke N. Macnamara is a researcher and professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She is the director of the Skill, Learning, and Performance Laboratory and the Bilingualism and Communication Performance Laboratory, both at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Macnamara received her PhD in Psychology from Princeton University.
 
Wednesday, December 24
Tim Volk - SUNY - ESF
Renewable Biomass
Dr. Tim Volk is a senior research associate at The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research interests are in management and sustainability of short-rotation forestry, agroforestry, phytoremediation, international forestry. He is a widely published author on environmental issues and earned his Ph.D. at The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a focus on Short-Rotation Forestry in 2002.
 
Thursday, December 25
Terry Godlove - Hofstra University
Immanuel Kant's Religious Philosophy
Dr. Terry Godlove, associate dean for First-Year Programs and professor of philosophy and religion at Hofstra University, is the author of Kant and the Meaning of Religion, published by Columbia University Press. The book discusses how Immanuel Kant’s philosophy of religion contributed to our secular age in which belief and especially unbelief have become real options for millions of people. Dr. Godlove has been on the Hofstra faculty since 1986 and teaches courses in the history of philosophy, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of religion. His previous books include Religion, Interpretation and Diversity of Belief: The Framework Model from Kant to Durkheim to Davidson (Cambridge, 1989) and Teaching Durkheim on Religion (Oxford, 2004).

Friday, December 26
Susan Arruda - Franklin Pierce University
Flies and Eyes
Susan Arruda is Assistant Professor of Biology/Integrated Science at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. She holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

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