The Academic Minute for 2018.07.09-07.13


Academic Minute from 7.09 – 7.13

Monday, July 9th
Lisa Fazio – Vanderbilt University
Why We Stink at Fact-Checking
I study how people learn new information, both true and false, and how to correct errors in people’s knowledge. This includes how to mitigate the effects of reading false information and how to increase classroom learning. My research informs basic theories about learning and memory, while also having clear applications for practitioners, such as journalists and teachers.

Tuesday, July 10th
Ellen Stockstill – Penn State Harrisburg
Black Panther and African History
Ellen Stockstill is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Harrisburg where she teaches courses on British literature, critical theory, and composition in the School of Humanities. Her scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and culture, and she is co-author of A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English.

Wednesday, July 11th
Rene Price – Florida International University
Salt Water Intrusion in the Everglades
Dr. Price’s research interests include the general areas of hydrogeology, ecohydrology and low-temperature aqueous geochemistry in carbonate terrains. More specifically, her research involves using chemical tracers, including the isotopes of oxygen, hydrogen, and major ions to identify water sources, groundwater flow paths and groundwater-surface water interactions. In addition, she has investigated water-rock interactions associated with seawater intrusion into coastal carbonate aquifers. Her research has been conducted extensively in south Florida including the Everglades as well as in the Yucatan of Mexico and Mallorca, Spain.

Thursday, July 12th
Sam Maglio – University of Missouri
The Pursuit of Happiness
Sam Maglio is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the University’s Rotman School of Management. He conducts research at the interface of cognition, motivation, and emotion, with an emphasis on implications for consumer behaviour. Specifically, he studies how situational cues shape consumer thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as conditions that help people to mentally transcend such contexts. He received his B.A. in Psychology and English from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from New York University.

Friday, July 13th
Dorian Borbonus – University of Dayton
Digging for History in Rome
Dorian Borbonus is an associate professor of history at the University of Dayton. He teaches courses in ancient Greek and Roman history. Borbonus was a contributing author on the Mapping Augustan Rome project and has written a book on Columbarium Tombs, enigmatic tombs in Rome that resemble the more familiar catacombs. His current research project is on the development of funerary culture in imperial Rome. Borbonus spent the 2016-17 academic year as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome to carry out the research underlying this new book. The goal of this project is to create a narrative of historical change in the imperial capital that is based primarily on material culture.