Academic Minute Podcast

The Academic Minute for 2023.05.15-2023.05.19

The Academic Minute from 5.15 – 5.19

Billi Bromer Brenau University
What Are Post-Traditional Online Students Telling Us?
Dr. Billi L. Bromer, is a 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 a member of multiple professional organizations related to education and child development. She has presented numerous papers at state, national and international educational conferences on a variety of topics related to educator preparation and child development. She has also authored multiple book chapters and recently co-edited the Handbook of research on learner-centered practices in an age of transformational change. IGI Global. Dr. Bromer is especially interested in the importance of the social elements of online learning for students of all ages.

Zaya Rustamova – Kennesaw State University
Resilience of No Longer Others’ in the Series The Other Gaze
Dr. Rustámova is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Kennesaw State University. Her interdisciplinary research interests encompass Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Cultural Studies, with an emphasis on film and media studies. She specializes in topics related to memory construction and its ideological dimensions, representations of identity, race, ethnicity, and gender in cultural productions of the Spanish-speaking world.

Peter Gray – Boston College
Why Children Need More Independent Adventure Than They Are Currently Allowed
Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology and neuroscience at Boston College who has conducted and published research in behavioral biology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in its 8th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books), which has been translated into 18 languages. He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine. He is one of the founders of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and of the nonprofit Let Grow, the mission of which is to renew children’s freedom to play and explore independently of adult control. You can follow him on Facebook and many of his published articles at

Chun Zhang – University of Dayton
How a Company Can Reduce Brand Hate
Chun Zhang is an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Dayton. She holds a Ph.D. from Concordia University. Her research interests are in branding, service marketing, culture and communication. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Journal of Promotion Management and Marketing Education Review.

Neil Fitzgerald – Marist College
Using Modern Chemical Methods to Detect Fake Chinese Liquor
Dr. Fitzgerald received his BSc from the University of Kent (UK) and MSc from Loughborough University (UK) before relocating to the US, where he was awarded a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. He teaches courses in analytical chemistry, research methods in chemistry, environmental chemistry, and general chemistry. Trained as an analytical chemist, Dr. Fitzgerald has published in the areas of atomic spectrometry, environmental analysis, food chemistry and chemical education. His recent research interests include the investigation of passive sampler devices for environmental analysis, paper-based microfluidic devices, innovative approaches to analytical chemistry education, and the detection and quantification of aroma compounds in beverages.


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