The Academic Minute for 2024.06.17-2024.06.21

The Academic Minute from 6.17 – 6.21

Anne Melissa Campbell University of Iowa
Making Delivery Driver Parking More Efficient
Ann Melissa Campbell’s research focuses on freight transportation, especially on problems related to new and emerging business models, as well as the logistics of disaster preparation and relief. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and serves as an Area Editor for Transportation Science. As department chair, she led the efforts of the Tippie College of Business’ Department of Business Analytics to win the 2021 INFORMS UPS George D. Smith Prize for excellence in analytics education. Since 2022, she has chaired the annual FutureBAProf workshop focused on improving diversity in business analytics academic positions.

Chris Vagasky – University of Wisconsin
Lightning Safety
Chris Vagasky is the manager of the Wisconsin Environmental Mesonet, a growing network of weather and soil monitoring stations in the state of Wisconsin. He is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. Chris also serves on the National Lightning Safety Council as a lightning data and safety specialist, working in the United States and around the world to increase awareness of lightning safety.

Niusha Jones – Boise State University
The Power of Everyday Object Colors in Emotional Healing
Dr. Niusha Jones is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Niusha’s academic research focuses on consumer motivations and psychology of brand and product design, with a particular interest in the effects of design elements on shaping consumers feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Her research has been published in leading outlets in marketing including the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Advertising.

Jane Kuehne – University of Auburn
Why Do People Have Different Musical Preferences?
Dr. Jane M. Kuehne is Associate Professor of Music Education and Graduate Program Officer in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education at Auburn University (in Alabama). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and supervises graduate research. Her teaching focuses on music teaching methods, teaching development lab courses, psychology of music, urban and rural music education, music education technology, music education philosophy, and other areas.

Kyle Atkins – Oklahoma State University
What a New “Hell Chicken” Can Tell Us About Dinosaur Extinction
I am a PhD student interested in the ecology of terrestrial environments at the very end of the age of dinosaurs. When I’m not working on fossils or simulations via 3D modeling, I am working with live reptiles. I believe that hands-on experience with living animals is vital to understanding the lives of extinct creatures, so I try to keep one foot in each world.