Academic Minute Podcast

The Academic Minute for 2022.11.28-2022.12.02

The Academic Minute from 11.28 – 12.02

Monday, November 28th
Jun Wu University of California, Irvine
Examining Effects of Environment on Preterm Birth
Jun Wu, PhD, is a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the UCI Program in Public Health. Dr. Wu’s interests focus on population-based research of environmental exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, and environmental health disparity. She has extensive experience and knowledge in examining the influences of various environmental exposures (e.g. air pollution, climate, and built environment such as green space, neighborhood resources, walkability) on reproductive outcomes (e.g. maternal and fetal health), children’s health, and other health endpoints. She also has strong interest in research on environmental justice and environmental health disparity, particularly working in partner with communities.

Tuesday, November 29th
Hala Altamimi – University of Kansas
Is Nonprofit Overhead a Need or Greed?
Hala Altamimi is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. Her research centers on public and nonprofit management and finance with specific interests in organizational behavior, decision-making, and result-oriented approaches to performance, including performance measurement, auditing, and evaluation.

Wednesday, November 30th
Emily Schlickman – University of California, Davis
A Case For Wildfire Retreat
Emily Schlickman is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and environmental design at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the intersection of digital representation, urban futures, landscape management, and climate change adaptation. Currently, she is exploring how to bolster resilience in wildfire-prone areas through landscape stewardship and community design techniques.

Thursday, December 1st
Alan Salek – RMIT University
Mysterious Space Diamonds from an Ancient Dwarf Planet
I’m Alan Salek, a PhD Candidate at RMIT University in Melbourne. I started my research on carbon materials at the beginning of 2020 and have since been exposed to a wide range of very interesting scientific endeavors. Meteorites have become a large part of my research, where I focus on being able to characterize the different materials within, all the way down to the atomic level, using advanced electron microscopy techniques.

Friday, December 2nd
Jason Richardson – Florida International University
How DDT Exposure Contributes to Alzheimer’s Risk
Dr. Jason Richardson is Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT) and a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences (ATS). Dr. Richardson received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Mississippi State University and completed postdoctoral training in at Emory University. He received the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from NIEHS and was the inaugural recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Toxicology Division of ASPET. Dr. Richardson’s research focuses on the role of environmental exposures and their interactions with genetic susceptibility as contributors to neurological disease using translational approaches.


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