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The Academic Minute for 2021.01.31-2021.02.04

The Academic Minute from 01.31 – 02.04

Monday, January 31st
Billi Bromer Brenau University
The Importance of Social Presence in Online Instruction
Dr. Billi L. Bromer, is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Brenau’s online educator preparation program. She is an active member of the national Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Teacher Educator Special Interest Group within ATE. She has presented numerous papers at state, national and international educational conferences on a variety of topics related to educator preparation. She is especially interested in the importance of the social elements of online learning for students of all ages and has written on this topic for several publications.

Tuesday, February 1st
John Logan – San Francisco State University
Why Are Unions Suddenly Such A Hot Topic and Does It Matter?
John Logan is Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. Between 2000-2009, he was an assistant and associate professor of comparative employment studies in the School of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also served as Research Director at the University of California-Berkeley Labor Center and as a postdoc at the Institute for Labor and Employment at UCLA.

He has published widely on labor-management relations, employer opposition to unionization and labor law in the United States and globally. His publications have appeared in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Journal, Journal of Labor Research, New Labor Forum & many others. He has also conducted union research projects in over thirty countries in five continents.

Wednesday, February 2nd
Elaine Howard Ecklund – Rice University
Varieties of Atheism in Science
Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University. As a sociologist of religion, science, and work, she is particularly interested in social change and how institutions change, especially when individuals leverage aspects of their religious, race, and gender identities to change institutions. Over the past several years Elaine’s research has explored how scientists in different nations understand religion, ethics, and gender; religion at work; and the overlap between racial and religious discrimination in workplaces. She is the author of seven books, over 100 research articles, and numerous op-eds.

Thursday, February 3rd
Shuang-Ye Wu – University of Dayton
What to Expect With Rainfall as Climate Warms
Dr. Shuang-Ye Wu is a climatologist working in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at University of Dayton. Her research focuses on how climate change alters the hydrologic cycle and the consequent precipitation patterns and the impacts of vegetation covers. In particular, she is interested in changes in extreme events such as extreme storms, floods and droughts. She also collaborates with other colleagues on reconstructing past climate records from ice cores. Dr. Wu has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (until 2021), and obtained grants from NSF, EPA and other funding agencies. Dr. Wu obtained her Master and PhD degrees from University of Cambridge in UK, majoring in environmental geography. She is currently teaching courses in the Earth system science, climate change, and geographic information systems at UD.

Friday, February 4th
Gary Giumetti – Quinnipiac University
How Can We Stop Victims of Cyberbullying From Becoming Future Perpetrators
Gary Giumetti is a professor of psychology at Quinnipiac University. He teaches courses in industrial-organizational psychology, statistics, senior seminar/capstone, and research methods courses in the psychology department. His research interests include interpersonal mistreatment in the workplace (including cyberbullying and incivility) and its impact on health and performance. He lives near Hartford, CT, with his family.


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