The Academic Minute for 2020.10.19-2020.10.23


The Academic Minute from 10.19 – 10.23

Monday, October 19th
Aaron Nelson SUNY New Paltz
Additive Manufacturing and COVID-19
Aaron Nelson is an Assistant Professor of Digital Design and Fabrication at SUNY New Paltz and works in the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center (HVAMC). Nelson holds a MFA from University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth) and a BFA from Oklahoma State University. His work focuses in the areas between art, design, computation, CAD, physical computing, and fabrication. His current research focuses on computational design for additive manufacturing applications.

Tuesday, October 20th
Kelsey Gray – Emory University
Monastic Teaching and Metacognition
Kelsey Gray recently completed a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship at Drepung Loseling Meditation and Science Center in south India. She earned her BS in biomedical science with a minor in philosophy at the Ohio State University. Her undergraduate research experience studying skin cancer genetics motivated her pursuit of a PhD in genetics and molecular biology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Gray was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her studies of a neuromuscular disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She also examined development of undergraduates’ analysis of primary scientific literature. As a postdoctoral fellow with the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative at Emory University, she investigated the perceived relevance of science education and metacognitive regulation practices of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns.

Wednesday, October 21st
John Drea – Illinois College
Sports Tickets
John Drea (BA, Illinois College; MBA, University of Notre Dame; DBA, Southern Illinois University) is Professor of Business and Coordinator of the Sports Management Program at Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL).  Professor Drea and his students have conducted sports research for numerous MLB and NBA teams, as well as college football and basketball.  His current research is primarily in the field of sports ticket sales.  The author of 30+ refereed publications, two books, and three computer-based business games, Dr. Drea is the recipient of outstanding teaching awards from the American Marketing Association, the Society for Marketing Advances and the Marketing Management Association.  After a thirty-two year career in public higher education, Dr. Drea retired as the Associate Dean of the College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University and was designated as Emeritus Professor of Marketing in 2014.  He then returned to his undergraduate alma mater, Illinois College, to teach on a full-time basis.  Dr. Drea and his wife, Brenda, reside in Jacksonville and are the parents of two grown children, Thomas and Kelsey Drea, and a ten-year old Shetland Sheepdog, Katie..

Thursday, October 22nd
Karen Snedker – Seattle Pacific University
Therapeutic Justice: Crime Treatment Court and Mental Illness
Dr. Karen Snedker has been at SPU for over 10 years. Prior to teaching at SPU, Dr. Snedker spent several years as an NIH researcher at the University of Washington in the Psychosocial and Community Health department. She maintains her ties to the UW as a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, affiliate faculty in sociology and a CSDE research affiliate. Prior to moving to Seattle, Dr. Snedker lived in New York City and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from New York University.

Friday, October 23rd
Samuel Lyndon Gladden – University of Houston-Clear Lake
Masked Manners: Pandemic Politeness and the New Normal of Non-Expression
Samuel Lyndon Gladden, Ph.D., is Associate Dean and Professor of Literature in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His expertise is in nineteenth-century British literature as well as in literary theory and cultural studies. Dr. Gladden’s publications include books on Percy Shelley and Oscar Wilde. His more recent work has focused on David Bowie. His topic for “The Academic Minute” extends the subject of a course Dr. Gladden recently taught at UHCL, “Literature and the Imagination,” which focused on being human and the meaning of the human condition