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Mary Dalton

Mary Dalton

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  • Dalton regularly reviews movies for WFDD, a National Public Radio affiliate. Here’s a link to her movie blog.
Expertise
  • Hollywood Movies
  • Screenwriting
  • Documentary Films
  • Television Situation Comedies
  • Film Criticism
  • Teachers in Movies and Television
  • Film Production
  • Women in Film
Current Research
  • Television and depictions of race, gender and sexual orientation
  • Teachers in the movies
  • Teachers on television
  • Situation Comedies
Teaching
  • Film History
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Screenwriting
  • Culture and the Sitcom
  • Introduction to Film
  • Gender and Hitchcock
  • Critical Media Studies
  • Documentary History
Selected Publications
  • The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed (co-editor) (State University of New York Press, 2005)
  • The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers and Teaching in the Movies (Peter Lang Publishing, 2004; revised and expanded third edition, 2010)
Education
  • BA, Wake Forest
  • MA, PhD, University of North Carolina–Greensboro

Mary Dalton has commented on movies, television, Hollywood trends and pop culture for USA Today, the Associated Press, the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio and dozens of other media outlets.  She can put new TV shows in perspective and provide insightful comments about the latest feature films. Dalton studies how Hollywood portrays teachers, from Sidney Poitier in To Sir with Love to Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society to the Harry Potter movies. Continue reading »

Todd McFall

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Expertise
  • Effects of technological change on economic decision-making
  • Sports economics
  • Economic implications of public policy
  • Economic litigation
Current research
  • Personnel economics
  • Economics of education
  • NCAA tournament organization
Teaching
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Intermediate Price Theory
Awards
  • 2005 Dissertation of the Year Award in Department of Agricultural Resource Economics, North Carolina State University
Education
  • BS, Miami University
  • PhD, N.C. State

Sports economist Todd McFall uses his interest in golf, basketball and tournament competition to explain how regulatory policies may have surprising outcomes with regards to competitors’ strategies. Continue reading »

Donna Henderson

Donna Henderson

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Expertise
  • Bullying
  • School Transitions
  • Middle School
  • Parent-Teacher communication
  • School Counseling
  • Counseling Children
Teaching
  • Counseling Children
  • School Counseling
  • International Counseling
Research Interests
  • Counseling children
  • School counseling
  • Counselor training
  • International issues in counseling
Education
  • PhD, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • MA, James Madison University
  • BA, Meredith College
  • AA, Peace College
Selected Publications
  • Henderson, D.A. & Thompson, C.L. (2010). Counseling Children (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole
  • Henderson, D.A. (2008). Mental health facilitator. Greensboro, NC: National Board for Certified Counselors-International.
  • Schweiger, W., Henderson, D.A., & Clawson, T. (2008). Counselor Preparation, (12th ed.). Washington, DC: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Cobia, D. & Henderson, D. A. (2007). Developing an effective and accountable school counseling program (2nd Ed). Columbus, OH:Prentice-Hall.

From bully-proofing children to easing the adjustment to a new school, Professor of Counseling Donna Henderson is an expert on the everyday issues confronting children and their parents. Co-author of the books Counseling Children and Developing an Effective and Accountable School Counseling Program, Henderson’s comments and advice for parents have been featured in the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and many other media outlets. Continue reading »

Timo Thonhauser

Timo Thonhauser

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Expertise
  • Theoretical and computational research in condensed matter physics to better understand the behavior and characteristics of materials. This research supports the design of new, improved and advanced materials for use in all types of technology.
Current Research
  • Testing hydrogen-storage options to facilitate the use of hydrogen to power vehicles.
  • Investigating metal organic framework materials for gas sequestration and carbon capture, to control the release of greenhouse gasses.
  • Calculating nuclear magnetic resonance chemical shifts to better understand the structure of materials ranging from water to human DNA.
Teaching
  • General physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Quantum physics
Education
  • Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Karl-Franzens-Universität, Austria
Selected Publications
  • “Tuning the gate opening pressure of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) for the selective separation of hydrocarbons,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012
  • “Molecular biology at the quantum level: Can modern density functional theory forge the path?” Nano LIFE, 2012
  • “van der Waals density functional study of energetic, structural, and vibrational properties of small water clusters and ice,” Physical Review, 2011
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Timo Thonhauser sees much potential for using hydrogen to power vehicles. Hydrogen is plentiful and every nation has access to it. It burns clean, so the only byproduct is water. And the world’s fossil fuels are running out – so we need another option. Continue reading »

Miles Silman

Miles Silman

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Expertise
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental issues
  • Climate change
  • Extinction
  • Tropical Conservation
  • Cloud Forests
  • Large-scale species distribution in the western Andes and Amazon
  • Paleoecology and response to climate change of Andean and Amazonian forest trees
  • Plant-animal interactions and community structure and diversity
Current Research
  • The effects of humans on Amazonian and Andean ecosystems
  • The exploration of little-known ecosystems in South America, particularly the bamboo forest and Andean forest
  • The use of remote sensing to determine carbon content and deforestation rates
  • Conservation of the last wild places in the Amazon and Andes
  • The role of animals in tropical forests
  • The distribution of tropical species and their responses to climate change
  • Estimating extinction rates in high-biodiversity areas
Teaching
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Tropical Biodiversity
  • Community Ecology
  • Plant Evolution
  • Plant Ecology
  • Techniques in Mathematical Biology
  • Advanced Ecology
Education
  • B.S., University of Missouri
  • Ph.D., Duke University
Selected Publications
  • “Sparse Pre-Columbian Human Habitation in Western Amazonia,” Science, June 2012
  • “The upward migration of Andean trees in response to increasing temperatures,” Journal of Biogeography, April 2011
  • “Extinction rates of Amazonian plant species,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2009
  • “Land-use and climate change effects on population size and extinction risk of Andean plants,” Global Change Biology, February 2010
  • “Ecosystem carbon storage across the grassland-forest transition in the high Andes of Manu National Park, Peru,” Ecosystems, September 2010
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As a conservation biologist, Miles Silman has been a leader in the sustainability movement since beginning his doctoral research more than 20 years ago. Silman’s work centers on understanding species distributions, biodiversity, and the response of forest ecosystems to climate and land use changes over time. Continue reading »

Oana Jurchescu

Oana Jurchescu

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Expertise
  • Flexible plastics
  • Organic electronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Macroelectronics
  • Organic semiconductors
  • Organic devices
Current Research
  • Physics of organic semiconductor devices
  • Organic spintronics
  • Functional organic materials
  • Structure-property correlations
Teaching
  • General Physics 1 & 2
  • Electronics
Education
  • BS, MS, University of Timisoara (Romania)
  • PhD, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Selected Publications
  • H.-J. Jang, O. A. Kirillov, O. D. Jurchescu, and Curt A. Richter, “Spin transport in memristive devices”, Applied Physics Letters. 100, 043510 (2012)
  • K. P. Goetz, Z. Li, J. W. Ward, C. Bougher, J. Rivnay, J. Smith, B. R. Conrad, S. R. Parkin, T. D. Anthopoulos, A. Salleo, J. E. Anthony and O. D. Jurchescu, “Effect of Acene Length on Electronic Properties in 5-, 6-, and 7-Ringed Heteroacenes” Advanced Materials. 23, 3698 (2011).
  • M. Coll, K. P. Goetz, B. R. Conrad, C. A. Hacker, D. J. Gundlach, C. A. Richter, and O. D. Jurchescu, “Flip chip lamination to electrically contact organic single crystals on flexible substrates”, Applied Physics Letters. 98, 163302 (2011).
  • J. W. Owen, N. A. Azarova, M. A. Loth, M. Paradinas, M. Coll, C. Ocal, J. E. Anthony, and O. D. Jurchescu, “Effect of Processing Parameters on Performance of Spray-Deposited Organic Thin-Film Transistors,” Journal of Nanotechnology. 2011, 914510 (2011).
  • N. A. Azarova, J. W. Owen, C. A. McLellan, M. A. Grimminger, E. K. Chapman, J. E. Anthony, and O. D. Jurchescu, “Fabrication of Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Spray-Deposition for Low-Cost, Large-Area Electronics”, Org. Electron. 11, 1960 (2010).
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Oana Jurchescu’s expertise is in the structure and electronic properties of organic semiconductors, as well as the fabrication and characterization of devices for nano and macroelectronics. Her current research focuses on organic electronics, a technology which has the potential to address unique applications, such as artificial skin, smart bandages, flexible displays, wearable electronics, and more. Jurchescu focuses on understanding the fundamental properties of these materials, and on integrating them with various technologies addressing large-area electronics. Continue reading »

Eric Carlson

Eric Carlson

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Expertise
  • Particle Physics
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Numerical General Relativity
  • Semi-Classical Gravity
  • Skepticism
  • Numerical Patterns
Current Research
  • Wormholes
  • Neutrino stars
Teaching
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • General Physics
  • Elementary Modern Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Cosmology
  • Skepticism, Pseudoscience and the Scientific Method
  • Particle Physics
Education
  • MA, Ph.D, Harvard University
  • BS, Michigan State University
Selected Publications
  • “Semiclassical gravity in the far field limit of stars, black holes, and wormholes,” E. D. Carlson, P. R. Anderson, A. Fabbri, S. Fagnocchi, W. H. Hirsch, and S. A. Klyap, Physical Review D, 82(124070), 23 (2010).
  • “Stress-energy Tensor for Massless Spin-1/2 in Static Black Hole Spacetimes,” Eric D. Carlson, William H. Hirsch, Benedikt Obermayer, Paul R. Anderson, and Peter B. Groves, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 051301 (2003).
  • “Method to compute the stress-energy tensor for the massless spin 1/2 field in a general static spherically symmetric spacetime,” Peter B. Groves, Paul R. Anderson, and Eric D. Carlson, Phys. Rev. D66, 124017 (2002).
  • “Black Hole Evolution by Spectral Methods,” Eric D. Carlson, Lawrence E. Kidder, Mark A. Scheel, Saul A. Teukolsky, and Gregory B. Cook, Phys. Rev. D62, 084032 (2000).
  • “Pseudoscalar Conversion and X-rays from the Sun,” Eric D. Carlson, Physics Letters B 369, 193 (1996).
  • “Photon to Pseudoscalar Conversion in the Interstellar Medium,” Eric D. Carlson and W.D. Garretson, Phys. Lett. B336, 431 (1994).

Having researched particle physics for more than 25 years, Eric Carlson is an expert in understanding how the universe is put together at the most fundamental level.

Though his research on particle astrophysics, numerical general relativity and semi-classical gravity has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and gained national recognition, Carlson is also known for his skeptical views on a variety of supernatural and extraordinary claims, including numerology, ghosts, and supposed supernatural powers. Continue reading »

Dennis Lemly

Dennis Lemly

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Expertise
  • Economic and ecological impact of ground water pollutants
  • Selenium pollution and poisoning
  • Disposal of coal combustion residuals
  • Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas
  • Environmental threats to fish and wildlife
  • Government environmental policy
  • Environmental impact of mining issues
Teaching
  • Biology of Fishes
Research
  • Investigation of Canada-to-U.S. trans-boundary pollution from coal mining in the Elk Valley, British Columbia
  • Selenium impacts on fish from phosphate mining in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Selenium hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of the northeastern U.S.
Education
  • B.S., Western Carolina University
  • M.S., Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University
Selected Publications
  • Lemly, A.D. 2010. A white paper on environmental damage from coal combustion waste: The cost of poisoned fish and wildlife. Technical Report available to the public as part of the record docket for EPA Dockett ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640, searchable (here).
  • Palmer, M.A., E.S. Bernhardt, W.S. Schlesinger, K.N. Eshleman, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, M.S. Hendryx, A.D. Lemly, G.E. Likens, O.L. Loucks, M.E. Power, P.S. White, and P.R. Wilcock. 2010. Mountaintop mining consequences. Science 327: 148-149.
  • Lemly, A.D. 2008. Aquatic hazard of selenium pollution from coal mining. Chapter 6 (Pages 167-183) in G.B. Fosdyke (editor). Coal Mining: Research, Technology, and Safety. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.
  • Lemly, A.D. 2004. Aquatic selenium pollution is a global environmental safety issue. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 59: 44-56.
  • Lemly, A.D. 2002. Selenium Assessment in Aquatic Ecosystems: A Guide for Hazard Evaluation and Water Quality Criteria. Springer-Verlag, NY.

With a unique dual appointment as Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service and as a Research Associate Professor of Biology at Wake Forest, Dennis Lemly is of the world’s leading experts on pollution issues related to fossil fuel procurement and utilization. He is knowledgeable on issues ranging from fracking for natural gas to the disposal of coal ash, though he specializes in the ecotoxicology of selenium, a trace element pollutant associated with coal mining and combustion, agriculture and the petrochemical industry. Continue reading »

Linda Nielsen

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Expertise
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Family dynamics
  • Portrayal of fathers in media
  • Adolescent psychology
  • Divorce and stepfamilies
  • Shared residential parenting
  • Family counseling
  • Fairy tales and fatherhood myths
  • Restoring relationships
Teaching
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Adolescent psychology
  • Children of divorce
  • Educational psychology
Education
  • BS, University of Tennessee
Selected Publications
  • Father-Daughter Relationships: Contemporary Research & Issues (Routledge, 2012)
  • Between Fathers and Daughters: Enriching and Rebuilding Your Adult Relationship (Turner Publishing, 2008)
  • Embracing Your Father: Creating the Relationship You Want with Your Dad (McGraw Hill, 2004)
  • Adolescence: A Contemporary View (Harcourt Brace, three editions 1990-1996)
  • How to Motivate Adolescents: Handbook for Parents, Counselors & Parents (Prentice Hall, 1978)
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Dr. Linda Nielsen is a nationally renowned expert on father-daughter relationships, having researched and written about the topic since 1970. For more than 20 years, she has taught the only known college class in the U.S. devoted exclusively to father-daughter relationships. Continue reading »

Peter Siavelis

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Expertise
  • Latin American politics
  • Political recruitment and candidate selection
  • U.S. Immigration
Teaching
  • Government and Politics of Latin America
  • International Political Economy
  • Interamerican Relations
  • Democratic Institutional Design
Education
  • BA., Bradley University
  • MA., Georgetown University
  • PhD., Georgetown University
Selected Publications
  • Getting Immigration Right: What Every American Needs to Know (Dulles, VA:  Potomac Books, 2009) co-edited with David Coates.
  • Pathways to Power: Political Recruitment and Candidate Selection in Latin America, edited volume, with Scott Morgenstern.  (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008), 440 pages.
  • “Endogenizing Legislative Candidate Selection Procedures in Nascent Democracies: Evidence from Spain and Chile,” Democratization, 18:3 (2011):  797-822, with Bonnie Field.
  • “Did Success Spoil the Concertación?” Americas Quarterly, 4:2 (Spring 2010): 28-32.
  • “Elite-Mass Congruence, Partidocracia and the Quality of Chilean Democracy,” Journal of Politics in Latin America, 1:3 (2009): 3-31.

Peter Siavelis is an expert in electoral, legislative and presidential politics in Latin America with a particular focus on Chile and Argentina. He also specializes in Latino immigration to the United States. Continue reading »