The Academic Minute from 06.03 – 06.07
Monday, June 3rd
Megan Kurlychek – University at Albany
Improving Responses to Juvenile Delinquency to Reduce Recidivism
Megan joined the faculty at the School of Criminal Justice in the fall of 2007. Her primary research interests include juvenile justice and delinquency, specifically prevention and rehabilitation programming. Megan’s current research also encompasses the more general area of offender rehabilitation and reentry. She has published several pieces focusing on the impact of rehabilitative programming offered in correctional bootcamps and aftercare programs. Recently her research has focused on the many obstacles offenders face as they attempt to reenter society and the use of criminal history records in limiting legitimate opportunities. Megan has previously worked as a research analyst for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, the National Center for Juvenile Justice and the Pennsylvania State Senate, and retains a major focus on public policy and evaluation research.
Tuesday, June 4th
David Holtgrave – University at Albany
Reducing New HIV Infections
David Holtgrave, PhD, has served as the Dean of the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York since March, 2018. He is also appointed as a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor.
From August, 2005 through February, 2018, David served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In July, 2017, he was appointed to hold the Inaugural Health, Behavior and Society Professorship (an endowed professorship). He also held joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins schools of medicine and nursing.
Wednesday, June 5th
David Hureau – University at Albany
Battling The Underground Gun Market
David joined the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice in the fall of 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology and Social Policy in 2016, his M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2006, and his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2001. David is broadly interested in the relationship between crime, punishment, and social inequality, with a particular research interest in understanding the nature of violent crime and its consequences. Recent research projects include an ethnography of a network of young men disproportionately exposed to homicide, a mixed methods investigation of the market for illegal guns, and a policy evaluation of a major gang violence intervention effort. David has served as an NBER-NSF Crime Research Fellow, a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, an IGERT-NSF Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard, and a Research Fellow at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard.
Thursday, June 6th
Amber Silver – University at Albany
Improving Communication of Weather Information During Natural Disasters
Dr. Amber Silver is an Assistant Professor for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. She received her Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her primary research interests focus on how individuals and groups make decisions before, during, and after high-impact weather. More specifically, she is interested in the roles that public attention, risk perception, and communication play in protective action decision making during extreme events. Her most recent research has focused on the ways that new technologies, including social media, influence how individuals obtain, interpret, and respond to official and unofficial warning information.
Friday, June 7th
InduShobba Chengalur-Smith – University at Albany
The Reciprocity of Health-Based, Online Communities
InduShobha Chengalur-Smith is a faculty member in the Information Systems & Business Analytics department at the School of Business in the University at Albany, SUNY. She received her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and prior to joining academia she worked in both the private and the public sectors. Her research interests are in the areas of Virtual Communities, Technology Adoption and Implementation, and Information Quality and Security. She has worked on federally sponsored grants as well as industry-sponsored projects, ranging from best practices in computational thinking to technology implementation. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Information & Management and the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality and her research has been published in academic journals such as Information Systems Research, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of the AIS, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Communications of the AMC, and multiple IEEE Transactions.