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The Academic Minute for 2022.09.05-2022.09.09

The Academic Minute from 09.05 – 09.09

Monday, September 5th
Elizabeth Tricomi Rutgers University Newark
Pandemic Decision Making Is Difficult and Exhausting
Elizabeth Tricomi received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. Her dissertation research focused on how the brain responds to positive and negative feedback during learning. She then did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied behavioral economics and neuroeconomics—the science of how people make decisions, and the brain mechanisms involved in decision making. She joined the faculty in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University-Newark in 2009, and she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. Research in her lab investigates how motivation and information influence learning and decision making.

Tuesday, September 6th
Suzanne McLeod – Binghamton University
4 Ways to Get the New School Year Off to a Good Start
Suzanne McLeod is the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at Binghamton University. She retired as the Superintendent of the Union Endicott Central School District in New York State. Previously, Suzanne worked as an Assistant Superintendent for Business, Curriculum Director, and building administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. Suzanne has authored professional articles on the topics of trust, home schooling, bullying, and summer learning loss, the book A Principal’s Guide to No Child Left Behind, and teaches workshops to aspiring leaders.

Wednesday, September 7th
Eva von Dassow – University of Minnesota
An Amargi For America
Eva von Dassow teaches the history and languages of the ancient Near East at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on Mesopotamia and the Levant during the second millennium BCE. She is currently writing a book about freedom and governance in the ancient Near East.

Thursday, September 8th
Matthew Wilson – University of South Carolina
What Do People Mean When They Refer to a Banana Republic?
Matthew Wilson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He is also a Research Fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute. His research concerns the interactions of autocratic leaders and institutions, particularly regarding regime change and conflict. His work has appeared in peer reviewed journals that include the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research and Methods, and Comparative Political Studies.

Friday September 9th
Angela Bradbery – University of Florida
Bill Names: Its All About Marketing
Angela Bradbery is the Frank Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida, where she teaches public interest communications. Before coming to UF in 2020, she worked in public interest communications for more than 20 years, including as communications director at Public Citizen, a national public interest organization based in Washington, D.C.


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