The Academic Minute for 9.8 - 9.12

Sep 12, 2014

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Monday, September 8
David Rosenbaum - Penn State University  
Precrastination
Dr. David Rosenbaum is a professor of psychology at Penn State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Stanford University in 1977. His work on precrastination has gotten significant press. It’s been written about on The Huffington Post, Slate, The Associate for Psychological Science, The Daily Mail, and New York Magazine, to name a few.     

Tuesday, September 9
Betsy Shenkman - University of Florida
Paid to be Healthy?
Dr. Elizabeth Shenkman is Chair of Health Outcomes and Policy and Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy. In addition, she is a health outcomes researcher working to achieve two goals: (1) determine which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care; and (2) develop corresponding evidence-based health care delivery system and patient-centric interventions to improve outcomes of care. Her particular focus is on adults and children with chronic conditions and those in public insurance programs.

Wednesday, September 10
Don Schaffner - Rutgers University
Wash Your Hands!
Dr. Donald W. Schaffner is Extension Specialist in Food Science and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. Dr. Schaffner has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Schaffner has educated thousands of Food Industry professionals through numerous short courses and workshops in the United States and more than a dozen countries around the world. Dr. Schaffner was elected a Fellow of the IFT in 2010 and AAM in 2013 and is an Editor for the ASM journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  
 
Thursday, September 11
Chris Adami - Michigan State University
Improving on Dr. Hawking's Theories
From the simplest molecules, to the most complex structures of the human brain, Chris Adami knows evolutionary design. Chris is a computational biologist with a focus on theoretical, experimental, and computational Darwinian evolution, and a Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics & Physics and Astronomy at the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University where he heads up the Adami Lab. He is focused on finding meaning in the simple rules that give rise to the most complex systems and behaviors. Chris earned a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics and a Diploma in Theoretical Physics from the University of Bonn in Germany, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Stony Brook University in New York.  
     
Friday, September 12
Susan Meschwitz - Salve Regina University      
The Antibiotic Power of Honey
Dr. Susan Meschwitz is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. She received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Brown University and went on to a postdoctoral fellowship in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests focus on discovering compounds capable of inhibiting the bacterial communication system known as quorum sensing, with the long-term objective of providing potential new leads in the development of anti-infective agents. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Pharmacognosy.