The Academic Minute from 06.13 – 06.17
Monday, June 13th
C. Michael White – University of Connecticut
What’s In Your Dietary Supplement
His research interests are in drug, dietary supplement, and substances of abuse safety and effectiveness. His over 440 publications in biomedical journals have been cited over 14,000 times and covered by major media television, radio, newspaper, and internet sites. He has received national awards from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Tuesday, June 14th
Yuka Sasaki – Brown University
Sleep and Learning
Yuka Sasaki, PhD is a research Professor in Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences at Brown University. Her research aims to understand functions and sleep and the human brain plasticity.
Yuka earned her PhD in psychology from Waseda University in Japan.
Wednesday, June 15th
Monica Daley – University of California-Irvine
Monica earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at University of Utah. She was inspired to become a physiologist through her research on human running and breathing with Dennis Bramble and David Carrier. She then spent a year working as a research technician with Franz Goller, investigating motor control of singing in zebra finches. These experiences initiated a long-standing fascination with the complex interplay of mechanics and neural control. Monica earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, investigating muscle-tendon dynamics and biomechanics of bipedal locomotion. Her PhD research was supported by a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and supervised by Andrew Biewener. After her PhD, Monica trained in neuromechanics as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow with Dan Ferris at the University of Michigan. Daley was faculty in the Structure and Motion Lab at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) from 2008-2019 and joined the UCI Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Summer 2019.
Thursday, June 16th
Christopher Bishop – Binghamton University
How Understanding the Serotonin System Can Help Those With Parkinson’s Disease
Dr. Bishop is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Integrative Neuroscience Program at Binghamton University, State University of New York. His research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Department of Defense focuses on brain neuroplasticity and behavior, particularly in disorders like Parkinson’s Disease.
Friday, June 17th
Arash Javanbakht – Wayne State University
Designing Better Human-A.I. Collaboration
Arash Javanbakht, M.D., is a psychiatrist and serves as the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC). His work is focused on anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. He often helps civilians, refugees, and first responders with PTSD.
Several research studies at the STARC examine the impact of exposure to war trauma in adults and children Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and biological and psychological factors of risk and resilience. This research examines genetic and inflammation correlates of trauma as well. This work is funded by an NICHD R01 award. Also, use of art, dance and movement, and yoga and mindfulness in helping refugee families overcome stress.