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The Academic Minute for 2021.01.17-2021.01.21

The Academic Minute from 01.17 – 01.21

Monday, January 17th
Kevin Ketels Wayne State University
Four Reasons Americans Are Still Seeing Empty Shelves
Kevin Ketels is Assistant Professor of Teaching, Global Supply Chain Management at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is faculty lead for the program in Healthcare Supply Chain Management and study abroad in the Netherlands, Germany and Poland.

Tuesday, January 18th
Karla Loya – University of Hartford
Pandemic Teaching and Learning Should Be Inclusive and Supportive
Karla I. Loya, Ph.D. (she/her/ella) is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in Higher Education at the University of Hartford. She has a Ph.D. in higher education with a minor in women’s studies from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. in higher education administration from the University of Kansas. Her research investigates the processes, experiences, and decisions that lead to more inclusive higher education settings, interweaving three areas: (1) faculty and student experiences and how identity, social justice, and equity issues play a role in their success; (2) inclusive college teaching and learning; and (3) socially-just research methods and assessment. Loya supervises doctoral dissertations and teaches instructional development, professoriate, research methods, and dissertation preparation courses.

Wednesday, January 19th
Anna Amirkhanyan – American University
Are We Biased Against Government?
Anna Amirkhanyan is a professor of public administration and policy at American University. Her research focuses on public and nonprofit management, organizational performance, public-private differences, and citizen participation. Her book, Citizen Participation in the Age of Contracting: When Service Delivery Trumps Democracy (Routledge, 2018) offers an account of how contracting of public services has come at the cost of transparency and participation. Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed outlets that include the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (J-PART), Public Administration Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and others.

Thursday, January 20th
Kenneth Luck – SUNY Sullivan
Conspiracy Theories
Kenneth Luck, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at SUNY Sullivan. He holds degrees in Political Science, Education, and Human Development. In 2017, he produced and directed “Opioid Nation: The Making of an Epidemic,” which went viral online and was broadcast on WVIA-TV, a PBS affiliate station in Scranton, PA. He has worked in media for more than a decade as a photojournalist, public relations professional, and photographer. His research interests include media and science literacy, education, and qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. His current article, “When 5G Technology and Misinformation Collide,” is currently featured in the current issue of “2600” – a nationally distributed magazine that focuses on technology. He lives in Honesdale, PA.

Friday, January 21st
Falk Huettmann – University of Alaska Fairbanks
Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya
Falk Huettmann is a Professor for Wildlife Ecology working on all continents of the world with over 250 publications, including 7 books. He joined the faculty of University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2003 as an Outstanding Young Scientists, and teaches Wildlife and Landscape Ecology, Ornithology, Data Management and Predictive Modeling. He was awarded a Killam Scholarship as a PostDoc with the Geography Department, University of Calgary, Canada for his work on Grizzly Bear habitat future scenarios in the Rocky Mountains. He also was employed as a research coordinator for old-growth forests and endangered Marbled Murrelets with the Center for Wildlife Ecology at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada. In 2014 Falk taught Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with the Semester at Sea (SAS) on the Atlantic fall research cruise, and later worked for three seasons in Antarctica. He got research contracts for places like Russia, Mongolia, Central America and Papua New Guinea. He was a Research Ambassador to the U.S. for the German Federal Student Exchange Service (DAAD), and spent a sabbatical with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in Hobbart, Tasmania, as well as with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Falk is a bee keeper and enjoys sled dogs living off-the-grid with his family.


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