The Academic Minute for 2017.11.06-11.10

Academic Minute from 11.06 – 11.10

Monday, November 6th
Adina Roskies – Dartmouth College
Deep Brain Stimulation Affects Personality
Adina Roskies is the Helman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Dartmouth College. She is also affiliated with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She received a Ph.D from the University of California, San Diego in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science in 1995, a Ph.D. from MIT in philosophy in 2004, and an M.S.L. from Yale Law School in 2014. Prior to her work in philosophy she held a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroimaging at Washington University with Steven Petersen and Marcus Raichle, and from 1997-1999 was Senior Editor of the neuroscience journal Neuron. Dr. Roskies’ philosophical research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience, and include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and ethics. She has coauthored a book with Stephen Morse, A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience.

Tuesday, November 7th
Hasini Jayatilaka  – Johns Hopkins University
How Cancer Spreads
Hasini Jayatilaka is a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University and is currently conducting research on understanding the complex pathways that govern metastasis, the spread of cancer, which is responsible for 90 percent of cancer related deaths. She recently discovered a new signaling pathway that controls metastasis, and showed that blocking that pathway slows cancer’s spread.

Wednesday, November 8th
Adam Rosenblatt – Haverford College
Forensic Science, Mass Graves and the Call to Care
Adam Rosenblatt is the author of Digging for the Disappeared: Forensic Science after Atrocity (Stanford University Press, 2015) and other works about human rights, science, and the politics of memory. Before coming to Haverford, he was the Assistant Dean for Global Engagement at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. He has worked for Physicians for Human Rights and the Human Rights Center at the University of Chile. His research and teaching also focus on feminist care ethics, disability, and animals.

Thursday, November 9th
Charles Cullison – Touro Unviersity Nevada
Marijuana and DUI Laws
Charles Cullison and Graham Lambert are medical students at Touro University Nevada.

Friday, November 10th
Barry Fagin – United States Air Force Academy
Internet Security
Dr Fagin graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982, and received the PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987.   He is currently Professor of Computer Science at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs*.

Dr Fagin has maintained a lifelong interest in connecting the world of ideas to the world of politics.   He is the founder of Families Against Internet Censorship, a successful plaintiff in the Supreme Court case of Reno v. ACLU et. al.   He has appeared on Montel Williams, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, MS/NBC and the Colorado PBS show “Independent Thinking”. His columns have appeared in national papers, including the Christian Science Monitor and Newsday, as well as every major newspaper in his home state of Colorado, where he has testified before the General Assembly. Dr. Fagin is currently a featured columnist in the Colorado Springs Gazette.


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