The Academic Minute for 2018.03.26-03.30


Academic Minute from 3.26 – 3.30

Monday, March 26th
Joseph Fins – Cornell University
Secret Memo Shows Bipartisanship during Watergate Crisis
Dr. Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he also serves as Professor of Medicine (with Tenure), Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. He is also an Attending Physician and the Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and on the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University where he is a Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Fins is an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012.

Tuesday, March 27th
Jessica Young – American University
Where You Live Matters For Your Health
Jessica Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Studies at American University. Her work broadly focuses on health in economically distressed and under-resourced communities. Dr. Young’s research centers on investments and policies that improve health through community and economic development and the roles race and racism play in shaping these investments and policies. She has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Journal of Law and Medical Ethics, Epidemiologic Reviews, and Family and Community Health. Dr. Young’s current research projects focus on the intersection of community development and health, including the roles and impacts of philanthropy in designing, scaling, and translating community development and health initiatives into policy. Dr. Young is also examining health in economically distressed communities, especially those communities experiencing economic changes or instability (i.e., evolving from a manufacturing economic base to a knowledge or services economy). Prior to American University, Dr. Young worked as a Program Associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Dr. Young completed her PhD in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, specializing in Health and Public Policy.

Wednesday, March 28th
Greg Hall – Case Western Reserve University
Tattoo Regret and Health Issues
Dr Greg Hall, is a primary care physician practicing in Cleveland, Ohio for over 20 years. A product of Cleveland public schools, he attended Williams College and majored in psychology while taking pre-medical coursework.

After graduation from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and working summers as a research assistant at the Cleveland Clinic, he attended the Medical College of Ohio, and completed residency in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Thursday, March 29th
Chelsey Kivland – Dartmouth College
Climate Change and Health Care
As a cultural anthropologist, I strive to understand how and why people find meaning in power and conflict. I am fascinated by the way power is both feared and desired, contested and embraced, and the culturally unique ways in which people fight for as well as against the state and sovereignty–at the local, national, and global scale.

My past major research project focused on street politics and violence in a Haitian ghetto, and attempted to uncover the multiple and contradictory ways people compete for control over an area and for linkages with broader domains of power.

My current research project explores changing notions of citizenship, statehood, and the social contract through an ethnography of the transnational regulatory regime of criminal deportation, as manifested between the United States and Haiti. I have also written about carnival bands, graffiti, community activism, and the military in urban Haiti. I teach courses in the anthropology of violence, political anthropology, and Haitian and Caribbean studies.

Friday, March 30th
Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz – University of Pennsylvania
Altruism and Kidney Donation
Kristin completed her Ph.D. in psychology at Georgetown University. She previously received a B.S. in biopsychology from Tufts University and worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her graduate research focused on the neurocognitive bases of extraordinary altruism, and she will be extending research on her interests in the brain bases of empathy and social cognition to excessive selfishness during her postdoctoral training.


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