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The Academic Minute for 2015.1.5 - 1.9

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Monday, January 5
Kimberly Fenn - Michigan State University
Social Media Memories
Dr. Kimberly Fenn is associate professor of psychology and director of the Sleep and Learning Lab at Michigan State University. Her research explores the effect of sleep on memory and learning, as well as memory consolidation, learning and skill acquisition, mathematical learning, gesture and learning, and implicit and explicit learning.

Tuesday, January 6
Jacob Hirsh - University of Toronto       
Predicting Ideology
Dr. Jacob Hirsh is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Management & Innovation and Rotman School of Management. Dr. Hirsh teaches a course on managing sustainable organizations in the University of Toronto’s new M.Sc. in Sustainability Management program. His research interests focus on understanding the dynamics of human motivation, decision-making, and personality. He has published on a diverse range of topics in journals including Psychological Review, Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. Dr. Hirsh’s research has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Globe and Mail.

Wednesday, January 7
Charlton McIlwain - New York University  
Journalistic Perspectives on Michael Brown
Dr. Charlton McIlwain, PhD, is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As a researcher, writer and teacher, his primary interests focus broadly on issues of race and media in social and political life. His 2011 book Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns won several national awards for examining the use and influence of race-based messages in political campaigns and elections. More recently, his work has focused on the intersections of race and digital media.

Thursday, January 8
Richard Peltier - UMass Amherst
Indigenous Air Pollution
Dr. Richard Peltier is an atmospheric chemist and researcher in exposure science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences in Environmental Health Science. He holds an MPH in environmental health science from Columbia University and a PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are interdisciplinary and are at the interface of atmospheric sciences, public health and engineering. The main thrust of his research hypothesizes that specific chemical components of air pollution drive many of the observed health effects, and this can be assessed in both laboratory and ambient settings.

Friday, January 9
David Cotter - Union College
Gender Inequality Trends
Dr. David A. Cotter is Professor of Sociology at Union College. His research focuses on stratification and inequality, particularly rural poverty, and work-related gender inequality. Some of his recent research in gender inequality which looks at variations in occupational segregation and earnings inequality across labor markets has been funded via grants from the National Science Foundation. The results of this research have been published in major journals including The American Sociological Review, The American Journal of Sociology, Social Science Research, Rural Sociology, and Work and Occupations. He is currently working on a book manuscript on poverty and inequality in rural labor markets. Dr. Cotter has also conducted research on service learning as a pedagogical tool, and helped to develop a set of syllabi and instructional materials for the American Sociological Association. Professor Cotter teaches courses on work and occupations, community, religion, and research methods.

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