The Academic Minute for 2015.4.27 - 5.1

May 1, 2015

Catch up with The Academic Minute from 4.27 - 5.1

Monday, April 27
Scott Adler - York University
Visual Attention
Scott Adler is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Vision Research at York University in Toronto. He received his B.S. in Psychology with honours in 1990 from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He then attended Rutgers University, where he completed his M.S. in 1992 and his Ph.D. in 1995, studying the development of infant memory. He was awarded the Master’s thesis of the year award from the New Jersey Psychological Association in 1992, the Dissertation Award from the International Society of Infant Studies, and was runner-up for Shahin Hastroudi Memorial Prize from the American Psychological Society in 1996. He then was awarded a National Institute for Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Denver in 1995. In 1998, he became a Neurobiology Research Associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, before moving to York University in 2000. His research program aims to understand the development of attentional, perceptual, and cognitive capacities in infancy, and is undertaken from a neuroscience perspective. In particular, his research has focused on infants’ eye movements, selective attention, object recognition, memory processes, and future-oriented thinking.  

Tuesday, April 28
Geoff Harkness - Morningside College           
Autonomy of Athletic Fields in Iraq
Geoff Harkness is a sociologist interested in culture, stratification, and qualitative methods. His research focuses on interactive micro practices of youth cultures and the role of stratification in shaping culture and identity. His book, Chicago Hustle & Flow, is an ethnography that examines street gangs and rap music through the lens of social class. It was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2014. In 2010, he received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University, and spent three years teaching and conducting research in the Middle East. Currently, Dr. Harkness is an assistant professor of sociology at Morningside College.    
 
Wednesday, April 29
Jennifer Talarico - Lafayette College
Imperfect Memories
Jennifer Talarico is a cognitive psychologist at Lafayette College. Her research focuses on our ability to recall events that we have personally experienced. She has studied how memories for emotional events are similar to and different from other, non-emotional events, for example, showing that our memories for hearing about the September 11th terrorist attacks are no more accurate than everyday memories, even though we think that they are.  This is only one example of how studying complex remembering phenomena can be an effective and exciting way of understanding basic memory processes.

Thursday, April 30
Martin Krieger - University of Southern California
Urban Tomography
Martin H. Krieger is professor of planning at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is trained as a physicist, and has taught in urban planning and policy at Berkeley, Minnesota, MIT, Michigan, and USC. His nine books are about mathematical modeling, environmental policy, and about theories of planning and design. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and at the National Humanities Center. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Friday, May 1
Kristen Ghodsee - Bowdoin College               
The Left Side of History
Kristen R. Ghodsee is a professor of gender and women’s studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of five books, including: The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Duke University Press, 2005), Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press 2009), and Lost In Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism (Duke University Press 2011). Ghodsee has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and is currently a Senior fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in Germany. In 2012, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. Her latest book is: The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe (Duke University Press 2015). She previously contributed a segment to The Academic Minute in 2011.