The Academic Minute from 01.27 – 01.31
Monday, January 27th
Kevin Cokley – University of Texas at Austin
Kevin Cokley’s research can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology, with a focus on racial and ethnic identity development, academic motivation and academic achievement. A theme of much of his research is understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement. Cokley’s research and scholarship have led him to challenge the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual, and to critically re-examine the impact of racial and ethnic identity and gender on academic achievement. Recently Cokley has started exploring the impostor phenomenon and its relationship to mental health and academic outcomes among ethnic minority students.
Tuesday, January 28th
Hala ElAarag – Stetson University
Transmission Control Protocols
Hala ElAarag joined Stetson University in 2002. She is a senior member of ACM and IEEE and a former president of the Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges. ElAarag obtained several awards including Stetson University research award in 2005, Best Paper Award at the 11th Communication and Networking Symposium (CNS’08), the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, SCS, Outstanding Service award for outstanding and dedicated technical contributions and services to the Modeling and computer simulation discipline in 2012 and Faculty Mentoring Award from the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2015.
Wednesday, January 29th
Lisa Koops – Case Western Reserve University
Lisa Huisman Koops, Ph.D., professor of music education at Case Western Reserve University, specializes in early childhood music, elementary general music, and world music education. Her research focuses on the vital role of the family in optimizing early childhood music development and education; additional research interests include the interplay of enjoyment and agency in children’s music making; international models for children’s music education with a focus on The Gambia, West Africa; and inclusionary models of early childhood music education for children with disabilities. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Music Education from Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan). Koops has taught general music in Zeeland (Michigan) Public Schools as well as early childhood music at Michigan State University’s Community Music School.
Thursday, January 30th
Takeru Igusa – Johns Hopkins University
The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles
Takeru Igusa is a professor of civil engineering and a leading expert in systems science. He is known for bringing new insights to complex problems in public health through the use of systems principles and analytical techniques. His background in engineering and applied mathematics has allowed him to work across a diversity of fields, from epidemiology to community resilience to civil and mechanical structures. In addition to his work creating policies and planning tools to increase the safety of autonomous vehicle testing and deployment, he is involved in a project with the Centers for Disease Control to model community resilience in the wake of natural disasters. He also has spearheaded a number of research and educational initiatives at Johns Hopkins, including an NIH-funded Global Center for Childhood Obesity, where he served as director.
Friday, January 31st
Chris Dulla – Tufts University
Ketogenic Diet and Brain Health
Chris Dulla is an associate professor of neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Neuroscience; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; and MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development faculties at Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.