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The Academic Minute for 2021.10.04-2021.10.08

The Academic Minute from 10.04 – 10.08

Monday, October 4th
Joe Cobbs Northern Kentucky University
The Rage and Riches of Rivalry
Dr. Cobbs studies interorganizational collaboration and competition in major spectator sports. His research focused on corporate sponsorship in Formula One (F1) racing was recognized in 2015 and 2017 by the American Marketing Association as Papers of the Year. In 2013, he co-founded the Know Rivalry Project with Dr. David Tyler at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The project emphasizes faculty-student-professional collaboration to survey, interview, and otherwise measure sport fan feelings and behaviors toward their favorite team’s opponents. The project website,, displays fan survey results for teams across the United States and Canada, and the survey data collection now includes sport leagues in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Dr. Cobbs has a B.S. in marketing and finance from Miami (OH) University, an M.A. in sport management from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tuesday, October 5th
Mike Piero- Cuyahoga Community College
Studying Video Games as Culture
Mike Piero, Ph.D. is a Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH, where is specializes in game studies, postmodernist studies, critical theory, and J.M. Coetzee studies. He is co-editor of Being Dragonborn: Critical Essay on The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim (McFarland, 2021) and has published recently in Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, MediaTropes, Transnational Literature, and in various edited collections. He teaches courses in writing, game studies, British literature, and the humanities. He can be reached at

Wednesday, October 6th
Charlotte Alexander – Georgia State University
Sorry (Not Sorry) Decoding #MeToo Defenses
Charlotte S. Alexander is an associate professor of legal analytics at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business and director of its Legal Analytics Lab, which is a joint initiative with the Robinson College of Business the university’s College of Law. Alexander is a recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in 2016 and was also named to the Fastcase 50 list of Legal Innovators. Prior to her academic career, Alexander worked as an employment lawyer and represented women facing discrimination and harassment on the job.

Thursday, October 7th
Sahar Milani – St. Lawrence University
Promoting Innovation through Policy
Dr. Sahar Milani is an Associate Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. She completed her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Before beginning graduate work in economics, she earned a master’s degree in management science at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research interests include the economics of innovation, environmental economics, and macroeconomics.

Friday, October 8th
Michael Kurtz – Lycoming College
Weekend Feeding Programs Can Boost Children’s Educational Outcomes
Michael Kurtz’s primary research interest is in education economics. Specifically, he studies how to measure teaching effectiveness and how those measures can be used to their full potential without overstating the inference gained. His research on education intersects with health economics with his work on understanding how weekend nutrition affects scholastic outcomes such as test scores, absences and behavioral incidents.


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