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The Academic Minute for 2024.04.29-2024.05.03

The Academic Minute from 4.29 – 5.03

Shaomin Li Old Dominion University
Why TikTok Fails to Assure Us Its Safe
Shaomin Li is an Eminent Scholar and Professor of International Business at Old Dominion University, where he serves as the Chair of the Management Department. He studies China, international political economy, and business. His works have appeared in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, and the New York Times. His most recent books are “Bribery and Corruption in Weak Institutional Environments” and “The Rise of China, Inc.: How the Chinese Communist Party Transformed China into a Giant Corporation,” both published by Cambridge University Press.

Daniel Douglas – Trinity College
What Do We Know About Micro-Credentials?
Daniel Douglas is a Lecturer in Sociology & Director of Social Science Research at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Education and Employment Research Center at Rutgers University. Douglas’ research focuses on student access and success in higher education, and the relationship between college education, workforce training, and employment. His recent published work examines mathematics in post-secondary education, and college and career pathways in STEM. His work has been featured in Inside Higher Education, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Hechinger Report.

Gay Ivey – University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Teens and Disturbing Books
Gay Ivey is the William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Literacy at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She studies reading engagement among children and young adults and the consequences of meaningful literacy experiences on their academic lives and wellbeing. She is a recipient of the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award, a past president of the Literacy Research Association, and an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

Neeraj Sood – University of Southern California
Why A Simple Treatment Isn’t Reaching Children Who Need It
Neeraj is a professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy with joint appointments at the USC Keck School of Medicine and USC Marshall School of Business. He is a senior fellow at the USC Schaeffer Center whose research focuses on economic epidemiology, infectious diseases, pharmaceutical markets, health insurance, economics of innovation, and global health.

Shamma Alam – Dickinson College
The Hidden Costs of Lockdowns: Implications for Healthcare Access
Shamma A. Alam is Associate Professor of Economics and Chairperson of the Department of International Studies at Dickinson College. He is an expert on economic shocks and understanding their impacts on individual and household decision-making. Alam is an economist by training, and his research focuses on different aspects of health economics, international development, and population issues. His articles have been published in highly respected academic journals like the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

In addition to his role at Dickinson, he also served as a Consultant at the World Bank several times, including in their Economic Policy, Poverty and Gender Group, Development Data Group, and East Asia and Pacific Region group. He also previously served as a consultant in the Agriculture Policy Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also currently serves as a Research Fellow at the Global Labor Organization and a Research Associate at the CEQ Institute at Tulane University.


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