The Academic Minute for 2023.11.13-2023.11.17

The Academic Minute from 11.13 – 11.17

Catherine Sanderson Amherst College
Group Loyalty and Problematic Behavior on Campuses
Catherine Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. Her most recent book, Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels, examines why good people so often stay silent or do nothing in the face of wrongdoing.

Steve Minton – University of Plymouth
Residential “Schools” and Indigenous People
I am a human being in formation – currently, a father, partner, brother, uncle and friend; English-born of English, Scottish and Irish Traveller descent; and a researcher, psychologist, educator and advocate, employed full-time as an Associate Professor in Applied and Clinical Psychology at the University of Plymouth, UK, and as a part-time Associate Professor in Education at the University of Southeastern Norway. My early psychological / pedagogical research and practice into the prevention of bullying at schools drew me towards a more systemic understanding of schools as being not only sites of peer violence, but also as being settings where powerful agencies in society (including national governments) can perpetrate violence, especially against minoritised populations.

Stephen Diko – University of Memphis
Who Will Plan Our Cities in the Future?
Stephen Kofi Diko is an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis Department of City and Regional Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. His research interests and experiences encompass urban green spaces, climate change, flooding, informality, community economic development, plan quality assessments, and urban planning awareness. He explores these interests through the lens of sustainable urban development and policy both at the local and global levels.

Ramneet Kaur – Columbus State University
Natural Products and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Stem Cells
I am a cell and molecular biologist with cancer biology as my research area. I have a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and a post-doc in cancer biology from Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Emory University, Atlanta. I teach Cell and Molecular biology, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Bioinformatics, and general biology courses to major and non-major students. My research focuses on checking the effects of natural products like ginger, garlic, turmeric, etc. on the growth of triple-negative breast cancer stem cells. My research is published and has received many research grants.

William Fajzel – McGill University
The Global Human Day
William Fajzel, a PhD student at McGill University, studies human activities in the Anthropocene. With a background in economics and Earth system science, his research focuses on bringing together social and physical sciences to better understand the human basis of 21st century sustainability challenges. His master’s laid the groundwork for the Human Chronome project, which he seeks to expand throughout his PhD.