Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Matthew Chingos: Is a Student Debt Crisis Really Looming?

Dr. Matthew Chingos is a Senior Fellow and the Research Director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He recently co-authored a report with Beth Akers entitled ‘Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?,’ and has received considerable media attention for arguing that, “typical borrowers are no worse off now than they were a generation ago.” An expert on education-related topics in both K-12 and postsecondary levels, Dr. Chingos holds a B.A. in Government and Economics and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Dr. Anthony Atala: On The Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering

Dr. Anthony Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine where he focuses on “growing new human cells, tissues, and organs.” Also a surgeon, professor, and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest, Dr. Atala has made significant contributions to the fields of tissue engineering and printable organs. In 2006, he and his research team at Wake Forest were the first to successfully develop and transplant a lab-grown organ (a bladder). Dr. Atala has received numerous distinctions for his contributions to science including the Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed by the U.S. Congress.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Linda Przybyszewski: On her book 'The Lost Art of Dress'

Dr. Linda Przybyszewski is an Associate Professor of United States History at the University of Notre Dame. Her most recent book, 'The Lost Art of Dress', examines 20th century American fashion and the professional women, dubbed the "the Dress Doctors", who taught others how to dress and "once made America stylish." Dr. Przybyszewski received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in U.S. History from Stanford University.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dr. Cleopatra Abdou: How Stereotype Threat May Be Impacting Healthcare for Minorities

Cleopatra Mariam Abdou is an assistant professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California (USC). Most recently, Dr. Abdou co-authored a first of it’s kind study that “found evidence that the persistent health disparities across race may, in part, be related to anxiety about being confronted by negative racial stereotypes while receiving healthcare.” Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Abdou completed a postdoctoral fellowship in social epidemiology and population health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan. Abdou received her Ph.D. in social and health psychology, minoring in statistics, from UCLA in 2008. In 2000, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a degree in psychology and art. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dr. Mahendra Rao: On The Future of Stem Cell Research

Dr. Mahendra Rao is a stem cell biologist, researcher, and the former founding director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. A professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Dr. Rao has worked extensively in the field of stem cell research. Prior to his work at the NIH, Dr. Rao served as Vice President of Regenerative Medicine at the Life Technologies Corporation, and co-founded Q Therapeutics, a neural stem cell research company in Utah. Dr. Rao holds an M.D. from Bombay University and a PhD in developmental neurobiology from the California Institute of Technology. This spring, Dr. Rao stepped down from his role as director at the NIH to join the The New York Stem Cell Foundation’s Research Institute.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jerry Power: On the Future of Digital Content Creation

Jerry Power is the Executive Director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) and Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Mr. Power works with the Institute to identify emerging trends that will reshape the evolutionary trajectory of the communications sector, and co-authored the book, Transforming Business: Mobility, Big Data and Globalization, which explores how technology is changing business practices among successful companies. Over a 30-year career, Mr. Power has held positions in Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Product Management, and Product Development at companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens, and Motorola. He received MSc in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1982.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dr. Daniel Mark: On His Appointment to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Professor Daniel I. Mark was appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom on May 9, 2014 by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), who said, “Daniel is a young, inspiring teacher and a meticulous academic. He is an emerging thought-leader who has spoken extensively about religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad.” Dr. Mark is the youngest appointee to the commission by almost a generation. He is currently an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University, where he teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion.  He is also research scholar of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey and an assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. Dr. Mark holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Before graduate school, he spent four years as a high school teacher.