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The Academic Minute for 2024.05.27-2024.05.31

The Academic Minute from 5.27 – 5.31

Ernesto Sagas Colorado State University
The Haitian Crisis and Foreign Intervention
Dr. Ernesto Sagás is Professor of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University. He has a Ph.D. in political science from University of Florida with a concentration in Latin American studies. Dr. Sagás is the author of Race and Politics in the Dominican Republic, as well as articles on democracy and authoritarianism, immigration policy, and Latinos in Colorado.

Sophia Tintori – New York University
What Chornobyl’s Worms Teach Us About DNA Damage
Sophia Tintori is a postdoctoral associate in the Biology Department at New York University. She was trained in developmental biology, cell biology, and genetics at Brown University and the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. In her current research she uses microscopic nematodes collected from the wild to study the types of genetic variation that are normally found in a natural population, specifically as it impacts our ability to tolerate carcinogen exposure.

Gerard Dumancas – University of Scranton
Inexpensive Method to Detect Honey Authenticity
Gerard G. Dumancas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, and a Community-Based Learning Faculty Fellow at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (Chemometrics) from Oklahoma State University in 2012. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in the area of statistical genetics and bioinformatics. His research has been recognized by the American Oil Chemists’ Society, the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, the NSF Noyce Scholarship Program, the NSF S-STEM Program, and the LSU LIFT2. He was previously named as an NSF Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry Fellow as well as a Visiting Scientist of the Department of Energy’s Joint Bioenergy Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Diego Luis – Tufts University
Catarina de San Juan
Diego Javier Luis is an assistant professor of Latin American history at Tufts University. He is the author of The First Asians in the Americas: A Transpacific History, published by Harvard University Press.

Niusha Jones – Boise State University
Cheers to Defeat: How Sports Losses Decide our Choice of Drinks
Dr. Niusha Jones is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University. Niusha’s academic research focuses on consumer motivations and psychology of brand and product design, with a particular interest in the effects of design elements on shaping consumers feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Her research has been published in leading outlets in marketing including the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Advertising.


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