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The Academic Minute for 2015.4.20 - 4.25

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 4.20 - 4.24

Monday, April 20
Sandee McClowry - New York University
Insights in Early Education
Sandee McClowry, PhD, RN, FAAN is a professor of counseling psychology and teaching and learning at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has conducted multiple research studies on children’s temperament, family interactions, and classroom management. She also developed INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament, a school-based intervention for children and their parents and teachers. McClowry was the principal investigator of three clinical trials funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and The National Institute of Nursing Research, which tested the efficacy of INSIGHTS in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. McClowry has published her research in a variety of journals, and is the author of Temperament-Based Elementary Classroom Management and Your Child’s Unique Temperament.
Tuesday, April 21
Elizabeth Thomas - The Scripps Research Institute           
Genetic Factors of Huntington's Disease
Dr. Elizabeth Thomas is an associate professor in the department of molecular and cellular neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Thomas received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine. Current research in her lab relates to the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders and therapeutics used to treat these disorders.    
Wednesday, April 22
John Christian - West Virginia University
Space Rendezvous
Dr. John Christian is an aerospace engineer with expertise in spacecraft navigation and space systems. He is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University where he directs a research program focused on spacecraft relative navigation, attitude estimation, and spacecraft design. Prior to joining WVU’s faculty, Christian worked as an engineer in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Autonomous Flight Systems Branch at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. He has experience with navigation system design, flight tests of relative navigation sensor hardware (STORRM experiment on STS-134), parachute drop tests, Inertial Measurement Unit data processing, system requirements definition, and space systems analysis.  He holds a BS and MS in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, April 23
Michelle Miller - Northern Arizona University
Memory Encoding
Michelle D. Miller is Director of the First Year Learning Initiative and Professor of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of the book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. Dr. Miller’s research focuses on language and memory. Specifically, she has studied how normal aging affects the ability to produce and comprehend language, language production in brain-injured individuals, and how people produce and comprehend descriptions of interpersonal violence, such as crime reports published in the mass media. Dr. Miller also has interests in applied cognitive psychology, particularly how different pedagogical strategies affect student comprehension and retention of material in the social and natural sciences. Dr. Miller was honored to become one of NAU’s President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellows in 2011.

Friday, April 24
Jennifer Cramer - American Public University              
Colorful Monkeys
Jennifer Cramer earned a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, a MA from New Mexico State Univesity in 2007 and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. She is currently an assistant professor in the Sociology, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies Program at American Public University. Her research interests focus on the sexually selected signals and life history of Old World monkeys.

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