The Academic Minute for 2020.06.01-2020.06.05


The Academic Minute from 06.01 – 06.05

Monday, June 1st
Jennifer Groscup Scripps College
Consent to Search
My primary area of research interest is in the intersection of psychology and law. I am particularly interested in legal decision making, expert evidence, scientific evidence, and the affect of attitudes and pre-existing knowledge on perceptions of players and procedures in the legal system.

Tuesday, June 2nd
Branwen Williams – Scripps College
Global Warming
Dr. Branwen Williams’s research develops the techniques that we use to generate records of our past ocean and climate variability, and uses these records to understand mechanisms driving environmental changes.  She got her B.Sc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Guelph.  She then got her M.Sc. in Biology at GEOTOP with the Université du Québec à Montréal.  She then went to complete at her Ph.D. in Geological Science in the School of Earth Sciences at the Ohio State University.  From there, she did a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She is now an Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences in the W.M. Keck Science Department , a science department that is shared among three colleges of the Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College.

Wednesday, June 3rd
Nicholas Kacher – Scripps College
Rising Home Prices
Nicholas Kacher is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Scripps College. Originally from Waltham, Massachusetts, he earned a BA in Economics at Wheaton College (MA) in 2011. He has worked for nonprofit economic development organizations in Tanzania and in Massachusetts, giving him an appreciation for the crucial roles of culture, history, and institutions in regional economic growth. He earned his PhD in economics from Colorado State University in 2019.

Thursday, June 4th
Christina Edholm – Scripps College
Traveling and Disease Outbreaks
Christina Edholm, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Her area of expertise is applied mathematics, with specific focus on mathematical biology, including management of invasive species using control theory and epidemiological modeling. She has participated in the Masamu mathematics program since 2014 and has attended the Southern Africa Mathematical Science Association conference, investigating what kind of role healthcare education plays in outbreaks and how education campaigns could help manage future outbreaks. She holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Nebraska.

Friday, June 5th
Sean Flynn – Scripps College
Reducing Healthcare Costs
Sean Flynn is the author of the best-seller Economics for Dummies, which has now been translated into seven foreign languages, as well as the coauthor along with Campbell McConnell and Stanley Brue of the world’s best-selling college textbook, Economics: Principles, Problems, and Policies.


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