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The Academic Minute for 2015.5.4 - 5.8

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 5.4 - 5.8

Monday, May 4
Marina D'Angelo - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Canine Osteoarthritis
Dr. Marina D’Angelo received her B.S. in Biology from Drexel University, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology/Teratology (1992) from Thomas Jefferson University. She completed three postdoctoral fellows; New York University Medical School, Pathology (1992-1994); University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, Anatomy (1994-1999) and Biochemistry (1999-2000); before joining the Anatomy Department at Temple University School of Medicine as an Associate Scientist. In 1999, she was awarded the East Coast Connective Tissue Society’s Young Investigator Award and in 1997, was also the recipient of the New Investigator Recognition Award given by the Orthopaedic Research Society for her research in cartilage biology. In July 2001, she joined PCOM’s Department Of Anatomy as an Assistant Professor and participates as lecturer and laboratory instructor in the Gross Anatomy course.
Tuesday, May 5
Elizabeth Basha - University of the Pacific           
Non-Military Drones
Dr. Elizabeth Basha’s interest engineering stems from her enjoyment of high school mathematics and her father’s encouragement to try engineering. She became interested in sensor networks and international development through a course at MIT where she and other students traveled to Honduras in January 2004 and the community partner there requested that they develop an early warning system for flooding in the region. The students didn’t know how to put together such a system, but wanted to help. Two years later, Basha switched her research area from computer architecture to sensor networks and robots to use the flooding project as part of her Ph.D.  

Wednesday, May 6
Lisa Dinella - Monmouth University
Gendered Toys
Lisa M. Dinella is an associate professor of psychology at Monmouth University in New Jersey. She studies how toys and the media impact children’s gender identities. Dr. Dinella’s interest in psychology and gender studies started as an undergraduate at The College of New Jersey.  Her training in conducting school-based empirical research began at the School of Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, where she received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Family Science, with concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Child Development. Additionally, she was an American Psychological Association/Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Education Research Training Fellow. Dr. Dinella currently serves as Principal Investigator of the Gender Development Laboratory.

Thursday, May 7
Mary Kate Donais - St. Anselm College
X-Ray Florescence
Mary Kate Donais received her B.S. in chemistry from Bucknell University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996. Following positions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and VG Elemental, she joined the faculty at Saint Anselm College (Manchester, New Hampshire) in 1999 where she is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry. The current focus of Dr. Donais’ research is the spectroscopic characterization of archaeological samples in collaboration with archaeologist Dr. David George of the Saint Anselm College Classics Department. To date, her research group has investigated mortars, cements, floor tiles, frescoes, and glass tesserae utilizing mostly atomic spectroscopy techniques. She has participated in four archaeological excavations in Italy thus far and looks forward to more in the future. Professor Donais is actively involved with the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies and was honored as an SAS Fellow in 2014.

Friday, May 8
Kathleen Hart - Vassar College              
Meaningful Translations
Formerly a piano performance major, Kathleen Hart (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) discovered her enthusiasm for literary and cultural studies during a semester abroad. Her publications include Revolution and Women’s Autobiography in Nineteenth-Century France (Rodopi), articles, book reviews, and, with Paul Fenouillet (SUNY New Paltz), an English translation of George Sand’s 1839 novel in dramatic form, Gabriel (Modern Language Association “Texts and Translations Series,” 2010). Her current research focuses on neuroesthetics (using neuroscience to investigate esthetic experience) and the application of evolutionary, cognitive and developmental psychology to the study of literature and culture. See “Animal Humor and the Darwinian Absurd” (Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 2012: 16.4); “Strangers to Ourselves: Animality and Theory of Mind in Honoré de Balzac’s ‘A Passion in the Desert'” (Style 2012: 46.3). In 2013 she organized a panel on ecocriticism for the annual Nineteenth Century French Studies Colloquium.

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