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The Academic Minute for 2015.4.6 - 4.10

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 4.6 - 4.10

Monday, April 6
Ellen Foxman - Yale University  
Cold and the Common Cold
Ellen Foxman is a research fellow and clinical instructor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding what tips the balance towards health or disease when our bodies encounter viruses in the respiratory system. Dr. Foxman studied medicine and immunology and received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University, and completed residency training in clinical pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Foxman has been developing a research program to understand immune defense against rhinoviruses under the mentorship of Dr. Akiko Iwasaki at Yale since 2010.

Tuesday, April 7
Glenn Geher - SUNY New Paltz          
Neanderthal DNA
Glenn Geher is professor and chair of Psychology as well as director of Evolutionary Studies at SUNY New Paltz. He has taught several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels-including Statistics, Social Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology-and has won the New Paltz Alumni Association’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, along with the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the State University of New York. He holds a PhD in psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Wednesday, April 8
Jessica Nolan - University of Scranton
Psychology of Recycling
Jessica Nolan is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Scranton. The focus of her research is on the application of psychological tools and principles to understand and solve environmental problems. Dr. Nolan has studied the effects of normative social influence on various environmental behaviors, including energy conservation and household recycling. She is also interested in informal systems of social control, including how and when people are willing to impose social sanctions, as well as how government regulations (formal sanctioning systems) influence informal systems of social control and the general culture surrounding a given environmental behavior. Specific information about current research projects can be found on the Conservation Psychology Lab homepage.

Thursday, April 9
Catherine Murphy - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign    
Gold Nanotechnology
Catherine J Murphy is the Peter C and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Murphy was born in New Jersey but grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Professor Murphy earned two BS degrees, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry, from UIUC in 1986. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1990. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, she began her independent academic career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina in 1993. In 2009, she moved back home to Illinois. Her husband teaches calculus in the math department at UIUC.

Friday, April 10
Greg Bell - Winthrop University
Day to Day Life of Medieval Crusaders
A medievalist at heart, Dr. Greg Bell is fascinated with cultural interaction around the Mediterranean from Antiquity through the Middle Ages. Dr. Bell has an undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He joined the faculty at Winthrop University in the fall of 2014 after teaching history at various universities in North and South Carolina since 2007. In his research and writing, he focuses on the crusades, and has written articles on exchanges among the Western European crusaders, Venetians, and the Byzantines during the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries. Dr. Bell teaches the World History courses at Winthrop University as well as classes on the medieval Mediterranean, Antiquity, Africa and Islam, and the crusade movement.

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