The Academic Minute for 2015.10.26-10.30

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Catch up with The Academic Minute from 10.26 – 10.30

Monday, October 26
Llewellyn Padayachy – University of Cape Town
Brain Function
Dr Llewellyn Padayachy is a paediatric neurosurgeon. Having encountered a vast number of devastating conditions affecting little children, and having performed many complex surgical procedures on the tiniest of little beings, found himself developing a burgeoning interest in exploring innovative, non-invasive techniques to diagnose and guide the treatment of critical conditions affecting the brain. From this interest, evolved a natural leaning towards using ultrasound as a safe, radiation-free modality, particularly to harness the access portals provided by the natural windows in the skull, most notably the eye, to acquire vital information on the brain.

Tuesday, October 27
Darcia Narvaez – University of Notre Dame
Companionship Care
Darcia Narvaez is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Her prior careers include professional musician, classroom music teacher, business owner, seminarian and middle school Spanish teacher. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture and moral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about moral development.

Wednesday, October 28
Rachel Mayo – Clemson University
Breast Cancer Awareness
Dr. Rachel Mayo is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University.  Her research interests include cancer prevention and control and health disparities among minority and underserved, particularly African American and Latino populations.  She has been the principal or co-investigator on more than $2 million in grants and contracts to support this work. She has recently served as co-PI on a National Institutes of Health grant to examine medical and nursing students’ readiness to treat Latino patients.

Thursday, October 29
Martin Krieger – University of Southern California
Gravitation and Architecture
Martin H. Krieger is professor of planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is trained as a physicist, and has taught in urban planning and policy at Berkeley, Minnesota, MIT, Michigan, and USC. His nine books are about mathematical modeling, environmental policy, and about theories of planning and design. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at the National Humanities Center. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Friday, October 30
George Uetz – University of Cincinnati
Purring Spiders
George Uetz is a behavioral ecologist and is interested in questions about both the proximate and ultimate mechanisms involved in animal communication and social behavior. The focus of his research is the behavioral ecology of spiders – in particular, the sensory ecology of multimodal communication, species recognition and mate choice in wolf spiders (Lycosidae). My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and has been featured in print and electronic media around the world.