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The Academic Minute for 2023.07.10-2023.07.14

The Academic Minute from 7.10 – 7.14

Mark Warschauer University of California, Irvine
Improving Children’s Learning Through Interactive TV Shows
Dr. Warschauer is a professor of education and informatics and has worked with students at all levels since 1977. Outside of teaching, Dr. Warschauer is the director of the Digital Learning Lab where his team is currently focusing on the use of conversational agents to support children’s learning and on the teaching and learning of computer science for linguistically diverse students. He received his B.A. in psychology from the UC Santa Cruz, his M.A. in English (teaching English as a second language) from San Francisco State University and his Ph. D. in second language acquisition from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Dennis McCarty – University at Albany
The Quest to End Human Trafficking
Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the University at Albany. He worked for several criminal justice agencies before retiring as an Assistant Director at what was initially known as the New York State Office of Homeland Security. Professional honors include a Gubernatorial commendation for developing and coordinating the NYS Law Enforcement Counter-Terrorism Training Program following the attacks of 9/11. His volunteer work includes service with the Peace Corps in Guatemala, assisting residents of a shelter for domestic violence survivors, and helping vulnerable youths living on the streets of New York City. Academic honors include several teaching awards and the 2021 UAlbany Terra Award for helping the university earn national recognition as a Fair-Trade institution.

Ellen Meiser – University of Hawaii at Hilo
Enduring the Heat of the Kitchen
Ellen is an Alaska-grown sociologist interested in qualitative research, social psychology, emotions, and the culinary industry. She is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and a co-creator and co-host of The Social Breakdown, the sociology podcast nobody wants, but everybody needs.

Timand Bates – Bard College
Students Want a Liberal Arts Global Classroom Online
Timand is currently Program Manager of the Open Society University Network’s Online Courses. He is also a Visiting Professor for the Bard College Prison Initiative and for the Institute of Education at American University of Central Asia. Timand was Associate Dean of Students at Bard from 2014-2022 and a Visiting Faculty member of the MAT program 2020-2023. After graduating from Bard College Bard College in 2002, Timand taught “Methods for Teaching Reading” at California State University, East Bay from 2004-2006 while directing the activities of the Oakland Reading Center for Reading Revolution. In 2008, Timand became a Carrol and Milton Petrie Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, earning his MA in the Teaching of English. Timand has presented his work on student assessment at the NYC Writing Project Conference and at the National Conference for Teachers of English in Washington, D.C.

Eric Gaze – Bowdoin College
Debunking the Dunning-Kruger Effect
Eric Gaze directs the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) program in the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching (BCLT) at Bowdoin College and is a Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics Department. He is the past President of the National Numeracy Network (NNN 2013 – 2019) and past chair of the BCLT (2015-2019). Eric gives talks and leads workshops on QR course development and assessment. He is the author of a QR textbook published with Pearson, Thinking Quantitatively: Communicating with Numbers 3rd edition (2023), and was the Principal Investigator for an NSF TUES Type I grant (2012-14), Quantitative Literacy and Reasoning Assessment (QLRA) DUE 1140562. Prior to coming to Bowdoin, Eric led the development of a Masters in Numeracy program for K-12 teachers at Alfred University as an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Education.


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