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The Academic Minute for 2015.2.16 - 2.20

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 2.16 - 2.20

Monday, February 16
Ron Mallet - University of Connecticut  
Theories of Time Travel
Professor Ronald L. Mallett received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. He worked for United Technologies from 1973-5, and in 1975 joined the physics faculty at the University of Connecticut in Storrs where he is currently Research Professor and Physics Professor Emeritus. Professor. Mallett has published numerous papers on black holes and cosmology in professional journals. His breakthrough research on time travel has been featured extensively in the media around the world, including print media such as New Scientist, the Village Voice, the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone magazine and The Wall Street Journal, and broadcast media such as NPR’s This American Life, the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Science Channel, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show.
Professor Mallett’s recently published memoir “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality” has been translated into Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.

Tuesday, February 17
Ian Hawes - University of Canterbury        
Mapping Ice Algae with Underwater Drones
Along with colleagues from Aarhus University and the University of Tasmania, the University of Canterbury lecturer is using underwater drones to map ice algae in Antarctica. Ian Hawes has been involved in polar science, both Arctic and Antarctic, for more than 30 years and currently leads environmental research programmes at Canterbury University’s Gateway Antarctica in Christchurch. New Zealand
Wednesday, February 18
Megan Mueller - Tufts University   
Benefits of Pet Ownership
Dr. Megan Mueller is a research assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Mueller has a Ph.D. in child study and human development from Tufts University. Her research focuses on how relationships with animals can promote healthy children, families and communities through pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, and animal-based community programs.

Thursday, February 18
Elizabeth Behrman - Wichita State University
Quantum Artificial Intelligence
Elizabeth Behrman earned her PhD in physics in 1985 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in almost everything. In addition to physics she also has degrees in chemistry and in mathematics, and her first professorship was in ceramic engineering. She has published in a wide variety of fields, including chalcogenide glasses, high temperature superconductors, and wide bandgap semiconductors, and was the first to predict the stability of inorganic buckyballs. She has been at Wichita State since 1990, where she won the Academy for Effective Teaching Award in 2012. Her current research is mostly in quantum information and quantum artificial intelligence.
Friday, February 20
Richard Veit - Monmouth University        
Joseph Bonaparte's Point Breeze Estate
Richard Veit is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the History and Anthropology Department at Monmouth University. Dr. Veit received his BA from Drew University in 1990, his MA in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary in 1991, and his PhD. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. In 2007 he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s Distinguished Teacher Award and in 2012 he received Monmouth University’s Donald Warnecke Award for outstanding university service. At Monmouth he teaches courses on archaeology, historical archaeology, New Jersey history, Native Americans, and historic preservation.

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