The Academic Minute for 2020.10.05-2020.10.12


The Academic Minute from 10.05 – 10.12

Monday, October 5th
Patricia DiBartolo Smith College
Patricia DiBartolo teaches several courses, including clinical psychology, developmental psychopathology, advanced research methods, and child and adolescent anxiety disorders. In 2008, she was the recipient of Smith’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

DiBartolo has longstanding research interests in investigating the phenomenology of perfectionism and its clinical correlates, especially anxiety, in both adult and youth samples. More recently, her research interests have expanded to include teaching and learning about the scientific method. She has published three books and 40 articles and chapters on these topics.

Tuesday, October 6th
Kyle Meng – Columbia University
Climate and Conflict
Kyle Meng is an Assistant Professor at the Bren School and the Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research is primarily in environmental, energy, and resource economics with a focus on advancing the empirics of climate change economics. He has published and forthcoming articles in various peer-reviewed economics and science journals, including the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Nature, and PNAS. He received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and his bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University.

Wednesday, October 7th
Sora Kim – University of Wyoming
Diet of Great White Sharks
The best word to describe my path to now is circuitous. I went to college interested in the environment and started as an environmental studies major but found myself drawn to the questions and techniques within earth sciences. My senior thesis introduced me to stable isotope analysis, and I’ve been hooked since. Stable isotope analysis is a tool that allows me to explore a wide range of processes and mechanisms at the intersection of ecology, physiology, geology, and chemistry. Although much of my work these days focuses on sharks, I have ongoing projects on mammals, nutrient cycling, and lake sediments. I feel fortunate to have a creative career where I can meld my intellectual interests in ecogeochemistry with my passions in education and social justice.

Thursday, October 8th
Supriya Kumar – University of Pittsburgh
Paid Sick Days and Flu Outbreaks
Supriya Kumar is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. Her research addresses the impact of social and cognitive factors on behavior related to health with a specific focus on how policy, social environment, and individual social position impact health behaviors. She earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

Friday, October 9th
Luis Zayas – University of Texas at Austin
Latina Suicide Rates
Luis H. Zayas is dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy. Zayas is the sixth dean in the history of Steve Hicks School of Social Work. He also holds an appointment as professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School of The University of Texas at Austin.