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The Academic Minute for 2015.3.16 - 3.20

Catch up with The Academic Minutefrom 3.16 - 3.20

Monday, March 16
Laura Rokosz - Monmouth University  
Aeroponic Gardening
Laura Rokosz is a seasoned Pharmacologist and Food Scientist with 28 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Food Science from Rutgers University and is the current Chair of the Rutgers Food Science Advisory Board. Dr. Rokosz was employed with Schering-Plough, Merck and Pharmacopeia where she honed her drug development skills in a plethora of therapeutic areas including, but not limited to Metabolic Diseases, Neurological disorders, Pain and Inflammation, Cancer and Infectious disease. She is the author of over 30 peer reviewed journal articles including five Expert Opinion articles on Obesity and Cancer. Dr. Rokosz is currently the owner of EGGLROCK Nutrition, LLC, an Integrative Healthcare practice providing dietary and lifestyle guidance to achieve optimal health.

Tuesday, March 17

Wayne Potts - University of Utah          
Sugar Toxicity Tests
Professor Wayne Potts specializes in the ecology and evolution of host-pathogen interactions. During these studies he discovered that house mice in small semi-natural populations can reveal health declines from many treatments, which are often missed by conventional toxicity assessment methodologies. This is largely because these mice compete vigorously over territories, resources, mates and reproductive opportunities. Thus, treatments that reduce health are revealed with great sensitivity and breadth. Recently, he has applied this approach to study adverse health consequences due to the consumption of added sugar at human relevant levels. Professor Potts received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1986. He was an NIH post-doctoral fellow before accepting his first faculty position in the School of Medicine at the University of Florida in 1991. In 1996 he moved to the Biology Department at the University of Utah. Professor Potts’ cross-training in both evolution and biomedicine has led to his interdisciplinary approaches, which have produced important discoveries that were unlikely to have been made without this cross-pollinating synergism.  

Wednesday, March 18
Ky Kugler - Chapman University    
Frequency and Severity of Concussions
Dr. Ky Kugler was appointed as an associate professor and the program director of Chapman University’s athletic training education program (ATEP) in 2001. Dr. Kugler led the ATEP through its initial national accreditation in 2004 and re-accreditation efforts that resulted in the program being awarded continuing accreditation for a 10-year period by the Commission on Athletic Training Education (CAATE) in 2009. Dr. Kugler was appointed as assistant dean of undergraduate education and launched the integrated educational studies (IES) major in 2009 and moved to his current position as associate dean and professor of the CES in June 2010.

Thursday, March 19
Julia Hormes - University at Albany  
Social Media Addiction
Julia M. Hormes is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Work in her laboratory examines a range of health and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight, substance use and misuse, and living with chronic illness. A major emphasis of Hormes’ research to date has been on understanding food cravings, in particular during the perimenstrum and in pregnancy. Her recent study of behavioral addiction to online social networking has been widely cited in local, national, and international news. Hormes holds a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Friday, March 20
Jay Pasachoff - Williams College             
Total Solar Eclipse (3.20)
Dr. Jay Pasachoff is Director of Hopkins Observatory, Chair of the Astronomy Department, and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard and was one of the first contributors to The Academic Minute back in 2010.

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