The Academic Minute for 2024.03.04-2024.03.08

The Academic Minute from 3.04 – 3.08

Erin Tuttle  Assumption University
Sunlight: An Aid in Removing Plastic Pollution
Erin Tuttle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences at Assumption University. Her primary area of research focuses on environmental processes involving anthropogenic materials. Specifically, her ongoing studies examine sunlight-mediated degradation of plastics and analytical methods for detection of plastics in environmental samples. Erin received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northeastern University and her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Karolina Fucikova – Assumption University
A Genetically Unique Green Alga Discovered in the California Desert
Karolina Fuńć√≠kov√° is a biologist interested in the biodiversity, ecology and evolution of microscopic algae. She obtained her PhD at the University of Connecticut in 2011 and has held a faculty position at Assumption University since 2016, in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences.

Samantha Goldman – Assumption University
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Special Educators
Samantha Goldman, PhD, BCBA, is an associate professor of special education and chair of the education department at Assumption University. Her scholarly work focuses on special education and teacher preparation, as well as family-school partnership and special education advocacy. As a recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Program award, she recently completed a project in Taiwan working collaboratively to adapt a parent advocacy training.  She is also the 2023 recipient of the Assumption University Paul Ziegler Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Maria Kalpidou – Assumption University
Simple Secrets to Happier, More Successful Children
Maria Kalpidou is a psychology professor at Assumption University in Massachusetts with 25 years of teaching experience in child development, a parent of three, and an advocate of equal opportunities for all children to discover and develop their full potential.

Karen Lionello-DeNolf – Assumption University
Tempting Choices and Outcome Devaluation
Dr. Lionello-DeNolf is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Programs at Assumption University. She completed her graduate training in experimental psychology at Purdue University. She is the Associate Editor for Translational Research for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Her research interests are in the areas of experimental and applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, and relational learning. Current research projects include exploring how learning history influences people’s willingness to cooperate with others in a shared task, best practices in training service delivery staff to implement teaching programs to children with autism spectrum disorder, and analysis of college-student cheating behavior from the perspective of probability discounting.