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The Academic Minute for 2015.5.18 - 5.22

Monday, May 18
Abe Springer - Northern Arizona University  
Springs and Sustainability
Dr. Abe Springer is a professor of hydrogeology and ecohydrology at the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at Northern Arizona University. For the past 20 years, he has studied local and regional groundwater flow systems and the human impacts on them. 
Tuesday, May 19
Michael Strager - West Virginia University           
Protecting Water Resources
Michael P. Strager is an associate professor in the Division of Resource Management, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. He specializes in applying spatial data analysis techniques to aid in natural resource management. His research experience covers a wide range of geospatial technologies and applications that include geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial statistics, and spatial decision support system development. Besides his own research interests he has been an important contributor to many interdisciplinary research projects and teams that require applied spatial analysis. 
Wednesday, May 20  
Betsy Herold - Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Herpes Vaccine
Dr. Betsy Herold is a physician-scientist whose clinical practice and research centers on pediatric infectious diseases. Her focus is on basic and translational research that identifies and develops novel methods of preventing and treating infection in real-world conditions.
Dr. Herold is vice chair for research and the chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM). She is the director of the Translational Prevention Research Center and holds the Harold and Muriel Block Chair in Pediatrics at the institutions. She is also professor of microbiology & immunology and of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein.
Thursday, May 21
Katharine Gelber - University of Queensland    
9/11 and Free Speech
Katharine Gelber is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, at the University of Queensland. Her expertise is in freedom of speech and speech regulation. In 2011 she published Speech Matters: How to Get Free Speech Right (University of Queensland Press) which was a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards 2011 (Literature Non-Fiction category). In 2011 she was awarded the PEN Keneally award for contributions to freedom of expression, and was the Australian Expert Witness at a United Nations regional meeting discussing States’ compliance with Articles 19 and 20 of the ICCPR. She has recently published articles in journals including Political Studies, Contemporary Political Theory, Melbourne University Law Review, Review of International Studies, and the Australian Journal of Human Rights.
Friday, May 22
Dan Chambliss - Hamilton College
A Personal College Experience
Daniel F. Chambliss is Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College and co-author of How College Works. Dan Chambliss earned a master’s and Ph.D. from Yale University. His research interests are formal organizations, social psychology and research methods. His 1996 book, Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses and the Social Organization of Ethics, won the Eliot Freidson Prize in 1998 for the best book in the preceding two years in medical sociology from the American Sociological Association. Chambliss is also the author ofChampions: The Making of Olympic Swimmers, which was named the 1991 Book of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee, and co-author, with Russell Schutt of Making Sense of the Social World, a research methods textbook currently in its fourth edition.

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