The Academic Minute from 08.02 – 08.06
Monday, August 2nd
Vikash Gayah – Penn State University
Improve Traffic Flow in Cities by Banning Left Turns?
Dr. Vikash V. Gayah is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Central Florida (2005 and 2006, respectively) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (2012). Dr. Gayah’s research focuses on urban mobility, traffic operations, traffic flow theory, traffic safety and public transportation. His research approach includes a combination of analytical models, micro-simulations and empirical analysis of transportation data.
Tuesday, August 3rd
Kate Padgett-Walsh – Iowa State University
The Ethics of Debt
Kate Padgett Walsh’s research is a philosopher whose research focuses on ethics. She brings the history of philosophy to bear on debates over contemporary issues, especially the ethics of debt. Her published work argues that the moral questions raised by borrowing, lending, as well as repaying, defaulting, collecting on, and investing on debt, are far more interesting and complex than many people have realized. And understanding that complexity, especially in an economy that has been transformed in recent decades by the rise of finance, is essential for addressing many injustices in society today.
Wednesday, August 4th
Catherine Bondonno – Edith Cowan University
Leafy Greens and Heart Disease
Dr Catherine Bondonno is a research fellow in the Institute for Nutrition Research at Edith Cowan University. The overall aim of her research is to identify strategies that will form part of a dietary pattern approach to achieve and maintain cardiovascular and cognitive health. To date, her research has focused on the cardiovascular and cognitive benefits of dietary nitrate (from vegetables) and flavonoids (from fruit).
Thursday, August 5th
Sophie Kjaervik – The Ohio State University
Narcissism and Aggression
Sophie Kjærvik is a PhD Student in Communication at The Ohio State University. She studies narcissism, aggression, and the use of social media. The meta-analysis was a part of her master’s degree, which she received from the University of Oslo, in Norway.
Friday, August 6th
Robert Edgell – SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Listening to Outer Space
Dr. Edgell is currently a Professor of Technology Management and Co-Director of the Joint Center for Creativity, Design, and Venturing at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. He directs Innovation Challenge New York (ICNY), an integrated community-based experiential learning, research, and service program and has been a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Business School in Zurich and has delivered research papers and lectures at Stanford University’s Law School, the University of California San Francisco’s School of Dentistry, the California College of the Arts, and the University of St. Gallen. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business where he was named Outstanding Faculty. Also, he has taught at San Francisco State University’s College of Business.