The Academic Minute from 08.12 – 08.16
Monday, August 12th
Krisanna Scheiter – Union College
Aristotle on the Virtue of Vengeance
Krisanna M. Scheiter is associate professor of philosophy at Union College, specializing in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. Her main research interests focus on Plato and Aristotle’s moral psychology and philosophy of mind. She received a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship for her project on virtue and vengeance in Aristotle. She is currently co-editing a volume for Springer with the working title, Conflict and Resolution: the Ethics of Forgiveness, Revenge, and Punishment.
Tuesday, August 13th
Carol Weisse – Union College
Lessons Learned at the Bedside of the Dying
Carol Weisse is professor of psychology and director of Health Professions at Union College. She is interested in ways of improving end of life care, including educating future healthcare providers in how to care for the dying at home.
Wednesday, August 14th
Lori Marso – Union College
Feminist Cringe Comedies
Lori J. Marso is the Doris Zemurray Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies, and professor of political science at Union College. She is author, most recently, of Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter (Duke University Press, 2017), which in 2018 received the Inaugural Pamela Jensen Award for the Best Book in Politics, Literature, and Film from the American Political Science Association. She is also editor of Fifty-One Key Feminist Thinkers (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor with Bonnie Honig of Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier (Oxford, 2016).
Thursday, August 15th
Andrew Morris – Union College
When Natural Disasters Became National Disasters
Andrew Morris, associate professor of history at Union College. is an expert on the history of disaster relief. The recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Morris is currently working on a book, “Race, Rights, and Disasters: Hurricane Camille and the New Politics of Disaster Relief” (University of Pennsylvania Press).
Friday, August 16th
Mary Carroll – Union College
Mary K. Carroll is the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry at Union College. She co-directs the College’s Aerogel Lab with Dr. Ann M. Anderson, the Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering. They have developed a rapid supercritical extraction method for preparing aerogels and involved 150 undergraduate STEM majors, several high-school students and faculty colleagues from Union and other institutions in research in the fabrication, characterization and applications of aerogel materials. Their work has resulted in three patents, 26 papers in refereed scientific journals, several conference publications and book chapters, and more than 100 presentations at regional, national and international conferences. In addition to the work in aerogel-based windows for sustainable buildings described here, their group is actively developing catalytic aerogel materials for automotive pollution mitigation.