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The Academic Minute for 2023.03.06-2023.03.10

The Academic Minute from 3.06 – 3.10

Lisa Jean Moore Purchase College
Spider Goats
Lisa Jean Moore is a medical sociologist and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. Her scholarship is located at the intersections of sociology of health and medicine, science and technology studies, feminist studies, animal studies, and body studies. She’s written books about horseshoe crabs, honeybees, transgenic goats, and women’s health.

Michel Bruneau – University at Buffalo
The Blessings of Disaster
Michel Bruneau is a SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University at Buffalo, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Emeritus Director of a National Science Foundation’s national engineering research center focused on preventing disasters from extreme events. He has worked for more than three decades as part of multidisciplinary teams advancing the goal of disaster resilience and has received more than 20 prestigious awards for this innovative work, including a lifetime achievement award. Michel Bruneau is the author of “The Blessings of Disaster”, an entertaining non-fiction book that Publishers Weekly called ”an engrossing study of human complacency, myopia, and faulty risk perception on a grand scale.

Russell Briggs – SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Soil: The Biogeochemical Membrane at the Intersection of Planet Earth’s Global Systems
Russell Briggs, Distinguished Teaching Professor, has been teaching Soil Science courses at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) since 1995. As Director of the Forest Soils Analytical Laboratory, Dr. Briggs oversees inorganic chemical analyses of plant tissue and soil samples. He also serves as the Director of the Division of Environmental Science at ESF, which provides oversight for the B.S. in Environmental Science, the B.S. in Environmental Health, and the Graduate Program in Environmental Science. Russ is a past Chair for the Forest, Range and Wildland Soils Division of the Soil Science Society of America. Prior to joining the faculty at ESF, he was Associate Research Professor at the University of Maine Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. His research interests include land management impacts on water quality and site productivity, Christmas tree nutrition, and carbon cycling in terrestrial systems.

Ian Reifowitz – SUNY Empire State
Republic of Democracy?
Ian Reifowitz is a SUNY Distinguished Professor, and has taught history at SUNY-Empire State College since 2002.

Additionally, Ian is the author of three books: The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump, Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity, and Imagining an Austrian Nation: Joseph Samuel Bloch and the Search for a Multiethnic Austrian Identity, 1846–1919.

His articles have also appeared in the Daily News, Newsday, the New Republic, In These Times, and the Post-Star among other outlets. He has published a number of academic articles, most recently in The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.

Lou Roper – SUNY New Paltz
Making ‘Slavery’ Normal in English America
Lou Roper is SUNY Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of New York—New Paltz (USA) and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the New York Academy of History. A recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, he is the author or editor of seven books including, most recently, Advancing Empire: English Interests and Overseas Expansion, 1613-1688 (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century (University of South Carolina Press, 2018).


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