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The Academic Minute for 2022.10.31-2022.11.04

The Academic Minute from 10.31 – 11.04

Monday, October 31st
Frank McAndrew Knox College
Why Do Some People See Ghosts While Others Don’t?
Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College, a blogger for Psychology Today Magazine, and an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and several other scholarly societies. He is an evolutionary social psychologist who studies gossip, aggression, and creepiness. Consistent with his long tenure at a liberal arts college, McAndrew is also an award-winning teacher who is particularly proud of the fact that more than 110 of his former students have gone on to complete a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field.

Tuesday, November 1st
Beauvais Lyons – University of Tennessee
Lessons From Llhuros
Beauvais Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he has taught printmaking since 1985. Beauvais Lyons’ art involves various form of mock-documentation, fabricating and documenting imaginary archaeology, medicine, folk art, zoological specimens, and even an invented circus. His projects often use hand-printed lithographs to convey a sense of historical authenticity. As the Director of the Hokes (pronounced “hoax”) Archives, he has originated traveling exhibitions that have been presented at over 80 galleries and museums across the United States. His prints are in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. PA. In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland. In 2014 he received the Santo Foundation Artist Award. Lyons’ work is cited by Linda Hutcheon in Irony’s Edge: A Theory and Politics of Irony (1994); Lawrence Weschler’s Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (1995); and most recently in Antoinette LaFarges’ book Sting in the Tale: Art, Hoaxes and Provocation (2021). Additional information on his work may be found at:

Wednesday, November 2nd
Rachael Woldoff – West Virginia University
Digital Nomads
Rachael A. Woldoff is an urban sociologist and Professor of Sociology. She received a PhD in sociology from The Ohio State University, specializing in crime and community. Her research and publications have focused on neighborhood crime and disorder, urban redevelopment, and racial/ethnic differences in neighborhood attainment, as well as the subjects of neighborhood racial change, gentrification, housing, and creative class cities. Her work has appeared in journals such as Social Forces , Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies. Her book, White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood, was awarded the Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association. Dr. Woldoff received the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award. She has coauthored three other books including High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Redevelopment (The Ohio State University Press 2004) and Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods (New York University Press 2016). Dr. Woldoff was elected Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS). She is Deputy Editor of the ASA journal City and Community . She has also been elected to the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA). Her newest book, Digital Nomads: In Search of Freedom, Community, and Meaningful Work in the New Economy (Oxford University Press 2021), examines community, creative class cities, and the rise of remote work. Her newest research is on public housing residents and their experiences of forced relocation.

Thursday, November 3rd
Sumantra Sarkar – Binghamton University
Employees and Internet Security Policies
Sarkar is a behavioral information systems (IS) researcher focusing on IT security, health information technology, organizational processes, agile development, and IT governance. He employs both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in his research. His work has appeared in premier IS journals like

Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Management Information

Systems (JMIS), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Information

Systems Journal (ISJ) etc. He has over two decades of experience in the industry holding senior management positions in IT organizations of large multinational corporations like GEC, Novell, Hutchison Whampoa, and ABN

AMRO Bank. Before he moved to research and academia permanently, he headed the IT delivery group for the Indian operations of Royal Bank of Scotland as Vice President, Head of Infrastructure and Shared Delivery.

Friday, November 4th
Suellen Hopfer – University of California Irvine
Social Media Strategies to Educate Young Adults on Vaccines
Suellen Hopfer has a PhD in health communication and post-doctorate training in prevention methods and randomized trial designs. She has been teaching and conducting research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) since 2015. She teaches health communication, risk communication, and qualitative methods at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Hopfer and her research team are passionate about addressing health disparities through research to improve public health outcomes and advance communication theory to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Dr. Hopfer’s research team collaborates with interdisciplinary teams across academic fields of computer science, urban policy, engineering, linguistics, statistics, and pediatrics and collaborates with community partners engaged in important work to improve the lives of communities who are disproportionately impacted by adverse health outcomes or adverse neighborhood environments.


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