The Academic Minute for 2018.12.24-12.28


Academic Minute from 12.24 – 12.28

Monday, December 24th
Pradeep Atrey – University at Albany
Battling Fake News on Social Media
Pradeep K. Atrey is an associate professor of computer science at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is also the director of computer science undergraduate program and the founding co-director of Albany Lab for Privacy and Security (ALPS). His current research interests are in the area of security and privacy with a focus on fake news detection, cyber security and surveillance and users’ privacy.

Tuesday, December 25th
Jacqueline Bruscella – SUNY Oneonta
Happy Holidays
Dr. Jacqueline Bruscella, Assistant Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication and Media at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, presents her research on holiday greeting rituals as expressions of social change, published in the Western Journal of Communication.

Wednesday, December 26th
Sean Gerrity – Hostos Community College
Sean Gerrity received his Ph.D. in English with a Certificate in American Studies from The City University of New York’s Graduate Center in 2017. Since then, he has worked as an Assistant Professor in the English department at CUNY’s Hostos Community College in the Bronx. His research focuses on the intersections of race, slavery, freedom, and geography in US literature and the Atlantic world in the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries, with particular attention to maroons and marronage. He has published an article on marronage in the African American novel Blake; or, The Huts of America in the Fall 2018 issue of the peer-reviewed journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Thursday, December 27th
Sheila Molony – Quinnipiac University
Improving the Life of People with Dementia
Sheila Molony, an authority on aging, geriatric care and dementia assessment, is leading a national conversation about this issue, and her research is changing how health professionals, caregivers and families care for people with dementia. She was among 27 health-care experts whose research comprised the Alzheimer Associations’ 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendation Guidelines. This year she will be inducted as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and as a Fellow for the American Academy of Nursing.

Friday, December 28th
Robert Linhardt – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kicking Lyme Disease without Antibiotics and Vaccines
After 21 years on the faculty of the University of Iowa, Linhardt joined Rensselaer in 2003 as a senior constellation professor. Since 2008 Dr. Linhardt’s group has been working on a collaboration to bioengineer Heparin from E. coli. During his career in Iowa, he spent eight years as the university’s F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and ten years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. Linhardt began his professional career with a three-year postdoctorate in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.