The Academic Minute for 2019.02.04-02.08

Academic Minute from 02.04 – 02.08

Monday, February 4th
John Van de Lindt – Colorado State University
Community Resilience
Dr. John W. van de Lindt is the George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He formerly was a Professor at the University of Alabama where he held the Garry Neil Drummond Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering. He has also previously served on the faculty at Colorado State University and Michigan Technological University. Over the last two decades Dr. van de Lindt’s research program has sought to improve the built environment by making structures and structural systems perform to the level expected by their occupants, government, and the public. This has been primarily through the development of performance-based engineering and test bed applications of building systems for earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and floods. To accomplish this has necessitated coupling nonlinear dynamics, including stochastic approaches in both time and space with structural reliability during extreme loading events. His work includes both the development of new nonlinear numerical models and experimental investigations to calibrate those models and support hypotheses. Over the last twelve years he has successfully led federal, state, and industry sponsored projects totaling approximately $35M. As a result of these projects he has published approximately 350 technical publications including 140 peer reviewed journal papers in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Engineering Structures, Structural Safety, the Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Wind and Structures, and presents work frequently at both national and international conferences. Professor van de Lindt has given a number of keynotes and invited talks around the world including Japan, China, India, Italy, Canada, and New Zealand. Much of Professor van de Lindt’s current work focuses on community and urban resilience and he serves as Co-Director for the NIST-funded Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning:

Tuesday, February 5th
Andrea Lang – University at Albany
The Polar Vortex
Andrea Lopez Lang is an assistant professor in the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Department at the University at Albany, State University of New York.  She teaches courses on atmospheric dynamics as well as introductory courses to weather and climate. Her research interests center on cool-season phenomena ranging from winter storms to variability of the polar vortex.  Currently, she serves in the leadership group of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Task Force for Subseasonal–to–Seasonal Prediction.  Andrea received her PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Wednesday, February 6th
Jessica Kendorski – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mindfulness in Schools
Dr. Jessica Glass Kendorski is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, and maintains certifications as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and School Psychologist nationally (NCSP) and in New Jersey. She is faculty advisor for PSI CHI, the national honor society in psychology.

She actively works with school districts to improve systems for all students through the reform of school and district-wide academic and behavioral policies and practices. Dr. Kendorski has led the development of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at PCOM as well as the approval of these programs by the Behavioral Analysis Certification Board (BACB).

Thursday, February 7th
Kyle Quinn – University of Arkansas
Chronic Skin Wounds
Dr. Quinn received his B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He earned his Ph.D in Bioengineering in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. Beth Winkelstein. He then joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University as a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Irene Georgakoudi’s group. As a postdoc, he was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). In September 2015, he joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, where he has secured over $2.5M in federal grant funding to develop advanced imaging methods for wound healing applications.

Friday, February 8th
Piero Gardinali – Florida International University
Simulating the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Lab
Research Interests:

Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Science, Source fate and transport of organic pollutants in marine ecosystems; analytical chemistry of organic contaminants; biological markers of chemical exposure.

Project 1 Photodegradation of IRGAROL 1051 in natural waters.

Determination of BaP Metabolites in biological fluids.

Dissolved Phase Sewage Tracers for Water Quality Management



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