The Academic Minute for 2018.03.19-03.23


Academic Minute from 3.19 – 3.23

Monday, March 19th
Jack Tseng – University at Buffalo
Carnivore Skull Shape and Diet
I am an integrative and evolutionary biologist, and my research focuses on the quantitative and functional anatomy and evolution of the mammalian craniodental system.

One of the oldest endeavors in the study of gross anatomy is the exploration of the link between musculoskeletal structure and function. For centuries, scientists and artists alike have been digging into anatomical systems to draw connections between animal forms and the functional adaptations that allow some species to out-compete and out-survive others. Scientists’ and physicians’ understanding of current structure-function relationships can be improved by incorporating the long-term, evolutionary histories of anatomical systems.

Tuesday, March 20th
Monica Lewin – New York University
Blocking The Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Monica Lewin is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at New York University. Her research examines the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Prior to her PhD training in the labs of Dr. Donald Wilson and Dr. Regina Sullivan at NYU, Monica graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Wednesday, March 21st
Brent Plate – Hamilton College
The Erie Canal and the Birth of American Religion
Brent Rodriguez-Plate’s teaching and research explores how human sense perceptions affect ways of being religious, and how the operations of religious traditions impact our sensual encounters. Investigating the material cultures of religious traditions, Plate’s work is interdisciplinary, moving between developments in cultural anthropology, art history, film studies, and cognitive science, along with religious studies. Book-length publications include Blasphemy: Art that Offends (2006), Religion and Film (Wallflower Press, 2008), The Religion and Film Reader (2007), and A History of Religion in 5½ Objects (2014). He is co-founder and managing editor of Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the AAR, and others.

Thursday, March 22nd
Howard Klein – The Ohio State University
Prior Commitments at Work
Howard J. Klein is a professor of management and human resources in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Professor Klein received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in psychology, his M.B.A. from Michigan State University in human resource management, and his Ph.D. degree in organizational behavior and human resource management from Michigan State University.  His research interests center on the commitment, motivation, and performance of individuals and teams through the study of workplace commitments, socialization, goal setting, training, and performance management. Professor Klein has authored more than 60 articles and book chapters and made over 75 presentations at scholarly conferences on these and other topics. He has also edited a book on Commitment in Organizations. His articles have been published in outlets including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology and, according to Google Scholar, have been cited over 9,100 times. Professor Klein has received multiple awards each for his research, teaching, and service. He teaches courses in talent aquisition, training and development, HR analytics, human resource management, organizational behavior, and research methods at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Professor Klein is Editor-in-Chief for Human Resources Management Review and serves, or has served, on several other editorial review boards including the Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. He is a past Chair of the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation and was Board Chair. Professor Klein is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Friday, March 23rd
Margaret Sibley – Florida International University
ADHD in Adults
Dr Sibley’s research addresses the need to develop and disseminate age-appropriate and feasible psychosocial interventions for adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She and her colleagues currently conduct two federally-funded clinical trials that evaluate new models of behavioral treatment delivery for these youth. In addition, Dr Sibley has researched and published several papers on improving the diagnostic assessment of ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her work also addresses the adolescent and young adult outcomes of children diagnosed with ADHD who were followed longitudinally into adulthood. Dr Sibley directs the Summer Treatment Program- Adolescent and the Supporting Teens’ Academic Needs Daily (STAND program) at the Florida International University (FIU) Center for Children and Families. Dr Sibley is a native of Miami who received her undergraduate education at Wake Forest University and completed a Master’s Degree in Psychological Sciences from James Madison University. In 2012, she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as an American Psychological Foundation Fellow, with national recognition for her dissertation research. After completing her internship in Clinical Psychology at FIU, she joined the Psychiatry and Behavioral Health faculty with a commitment to research that betters the well-being and quality of care for families of individuals with ADHD.


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