The Academic Minute for 2018.01.22-01.26


Academic Minute from 1.22 – 1.26

Monday, January 22nd
Alex Maier – Vanderbilt University
Mind’s Eye Blink
Alex Maier obtained his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute of Cybernetics in Germany. He worked as a research fellow at the U.S. National Institutes of Health before joining Vanderbilt’s faculty as an assistant professor, where he teaches in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science. Maier x has received awards from the Society for Neuroscience, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Whitehall Foundation, the Minds Science Foundation as well as the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Sloan Foundation and a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. His current research on the neurobiological basis of vision is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday, January 23rd
Stacey Havilk – Villanova University
Homeless Students
Stacey A.  Havlik, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Villanova University’s Department of Education and Counseling. Her primary areas of expertise include school counseling, homeless children and youths, as well as  first-generation college students. As a former middle school counselor she has lived experience in understanding the challenges both homeless students and the school counselors that support them face. Her research focuses on the dilemmas these two groups confront in working together to access equitable educational services including college and career counseling.

Wednesday, January 24th
Austin Sarat – Amherst College
Lying to Government Officials
Austin Sarat is Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Professor Sarat is a pioneering figure in the development of legal study in the liberal arts, of the humanistic study of law, and of the cultural study of law. He is also an internationally renowned scholar of capital punishment, specializing in efforts to understand its social, political, and cultural significance in the United States. He is author or editor of more than ninety books including Law and Lies and Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty.

Thursday, January 25th
William McKeen – Boston University
Charles Manson and the American Dream
William McKeen is the author of nine books and the editor of four more. His most recent books are Everybody Had an Ocean (2017), Too Old to Die Young (2015), Homegrown in Florida (2012), Mile Marker Zero (2011), Outlaw Journalist (his biography of Hunter S. Thompson, 2008), Highway 61 (2003), and Rock and Roll is Here to Stay (2000). He teaches at Boston University, where he chairs the department of journalism.

Friday, January 26th
Radoslaw Nowak – New York Institute of Technology
Employee Empowerment and Corporate Change
Radoslaw (Radek) Nowak received a master’s degree in Human Resources Management at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. specializing in Human Resources Management and strategic management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as a human resources manager and consultant at Fortune 500 companies in the United States.