Assistant Professor – Tickle Kitchin Wed, 20 Oct 2021 13:30:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Assistant Professor – Tickle Kitchin 32 32 Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr. Lecture Series begins with Dr. Bernice A. King Wed, 20 Oct 2021 13:30:07 +0000

The University of Montevallo hosted Dr. Bernice A. King as the keynote speaker in a series of lectures launched on October 7 at the newly constructed Arts Center on campus.

In May, the Board of Directors established the Dr. Wilson Fallin Jr. Lecture Series in honor of the history professor skilled’ dedication to civic rights, social justice and higher education. Fallin is a University of Montevallo alumnus who has served the University and the community for over 28 years. He received his BA from Morehouse College, his M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, his masters from the University of Montevallo and his doctorate. from the University of Alabama. The evening began with an introduction from Dr Gregory Samuels, the University’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Secondary Education, who challenged participants to be guided by the light and the ‘love.

Dr. Lolita Kincade, Assistant Professor of Human Development, Family Studies and Counseling at the University, moderated a panel discussion featuring King, which touched on several topics including when she first realized that she was called to become a preacher like her father, Dr. Martin. Luther King Jr. King spoke of being barely five when his father was murdered. She later recalled hearing an inner voice at the age of 16 telling her that she would one day become a preacher like her father.

“I was taught a lot of things growing up about love and forgiveness,” King said. “My mother was instrumental in her positive influence in my life. I believe children need to see their parents embody what they teach, and my mom played a big part in my life because she was so good at it.

King is now a speaker, peace advocate, and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, also known as the King Center.

She explained how her father was aligned with truth and righteousness, and how she strives to understand the worth of every human being.

“We want to make decisions that stem from a desire to want the best for everyone,” King said. “People often tap into what’s comfortable, but not always what’s right. “

Addressing social justice, King said justice will prevail as long as people work for and align with it. “We are not the first generation to suffer injustice, and we will not be the last,” King said. “The darkest hour is always before dawn. We might have a dark hour, but we’ll have a dawn.

King said that with the social challenges the country faces, she tries to help people understand that everyone is part of a family.

“I like that people think of themselves as more than just an ally, because an ally means that I am helping you solve your problem,” King said. “It is not a black problem but a problem of humanity, a problem of ailing society; white supremacy and racism run deep around the world. It is a disease that we face from generation to generation, but nevertheless we are part of each other, of the human family. But we must fight together against racism and structural racism, institutional racism. It is first and foremost a change in mentality.

After the moderated session, Fallin said he was honored to have King speak at the inaugural conference. He recalled a time when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had asked to use Fallin’s Church in Bessemer as a gathering place for individuals before King’s march on Washington. “It really means a lot to me that Dr. Bernice King is coming to speak,” Fallin said. “She carries a wonderful heritage.”

The Dr. Wilson Fallin, Jr. lecture series, established by the University’s Black Heritage Committee, highlights educational and socio-cultural topics related to African American heritage, social justice, and racial justice.

Upcoming lectures will feature a nationally recognized expert in these fields and engage students in topics and investigations on societal and educational issues. The lecture series has been recognized by the Alabama Legislature for its significance.

After the moderated session, a book signing and reception was held in the lobby of the Arts Center. The evening ended with a MADE (Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence) student reception hosted by Josiah Garrett, Black Heritage Committee student representative, at the Meadows Black Box Theater.

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Faculty of Arts and Sciences retirements tripled last year, University announces Tue, 19 Oct 2021 05:18:04 +0000

An unprecedented number of professors retired in the past year at university, in part because of a retirement incentive plan.

Isaac Yu writes about Yale faculty and academics. He’s also the production and design editor for the News, and has previously covered transportation and urban planning in New Haven. Originally from Garland, Texas, he is a sophomore at Berkeley College majoring in urban studies.

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UI professors study the effect of AI on office work Mon, 18 Oct 2021 00:52:54 +0000

A grant of $ 150,000 from the National Science Foundation was dedicated to an interdisciplinary effort to learn about the impact of AI on office jobs.

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University of Iowa professor Beth Livingston poses for a portrait in the Pappajohn Business Building on Friday, October 15, 2021 (Jerod Ringwald / The Daily Iowan)

A group of professors at the University of Iowa are studying how the computerization of certain office jobs, known as clerical work, can change the workforce.

The National Science Foundation led the investigation by awarding $ 150,000 to a group of UI professors to study how the impact of AI could reduce some skills and promote others in office work.

Beth Livingston, a project researcher and assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship at UI’s Tippie College of Business, said people don’t see advancements in technology targeting office jobs.

“We think of automated factories, we think of coding work, et cetera, but we don’t think of receptionists or customer service or secretaries or office workers, whose work is disrupted by AI or automation. “she said.

Livingston said the one-year grant is the precursor to a more focused second grant. The research will focus on the current literature on AI in office workers as well as the opinions of office workers through focus groups.

“This grant is meant to allow us to find out and find out what problems might be happening,” she said. “One of the things that is so important in science and research, the social sciences and the hard sciences, is that we ask the right questions before you embark on any kind of grant.”

The grant will last for one year and is part of the National Science Foundation’s Future of Work at the Human Technology and Frontier program.

Priyadarshini Pennathur, professor of industrial engineering and user interface systems, the project leader, said she had previously studied how computerization has affected the work of healthcare offices.

Repetitive office tasks like planning, communicating and analyzing data, Pennathur said, are particularly prone to AI automation because they require structured logic. These tasks which are normally done manually, she said, are becoming computerized.

“It’s almost like a personal customer service agent,” she said. “It’s like you can think of bots collecting data, doing a little predictive analytics, and so on. “

Pennathur said his team wanted to find out what alternative skills would be in demand when AI subsumes certain office tasks. For example, she said, if databases no longer require people to operate, a clerk could be trained in conflict resolution as a useful alternative skill.

“Office work is everywhere,” Pennathur said. “So if AI is to have an impact on that, the impact will be felt everywhere.”

Andrew Kusiak, co-researcher and professor of industrial and systems engineering, said AI could change the face of offices for the better, just as it accelerates manufacturing success.

“I think that’s the goal of this project, is to identify what would be the best artificial intelligence technologies, in what areas that would yield benefits,” Kusiak said. “There’s that layer in decision making, and it’s the process of automating, using tools, using technology that will hopefully make better decisions than people do. currently.”

Another benefit of the grant, Livingston said, is that it is being researched early enough to potentially mitigate the negative effects of AI.

“With this grant we are able to be forward looking and proactive,” said Livingston. “… And trying to help these professions be able to adapt in real time,” Livingston said.

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UNC assistant professor uses grant to fund new program for children who need help with mental illness Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:14:30 +0000

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WNCN) – Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts estimate that a third of all children have suffered from depression or anxiety.

Although life appears to be returning to normal, many concerns remain about the lasting impacts on children’s mental health.

CBS17 spoke with a professor of psychiatry at UNC who is launching a new program that could make a huge difference.

They said it could be as easy as a student logging into a computer at a school.

“I am really concerned that we have a generation of children who have gone through a very traumatic experience going through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr Nate Sowa, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC. “We don’t really know how it’s going to impact their long-term development, what it’s going to look like for our company in terms of growth and entry into the world.”

With a grant of $ 1.97 million, any child can talk to someone and get the resources and advice they need.

Sowa is leading a new program to roll back the problem the national pandemic has caused.

“We have more and more children who have suicidal thoughts, feelings, (thoughts of) hurting themselves and ending up in our emergency rooms,” Sowa said.

His team will work with certain school districts to offer telepsychiatry appointments to their students.

“We have about 200 child psychiatrists in the state (and) they’re in 31 of the 100 counties,” he said. “So there’s a big part of the state that doesn’t have access to that level of specialized care. “

Right now, his team is working to identify two different locations in North Carolina to try out the program.

Sowa said he aimed to start in areas where there are many barriers preventing parents and their children from getting the help they need.

“Maybe (families) don’t have… even if they have the Internet, maybe they don’t have access to a device where they can contact a supplier through a laptop or smartphone,” he said. Sowa said. “With COVID-19, it really brought to light one of the cracks in our society and the lack of access. Reliable access to health care is important.

The program will not only provide behavioral and mental treatment for children, but it will also connect their families with resources and local health agencies to make sure they are all taken care of, he said.

“We really have a responsibility to provide this type of care to our children because they have really gone through a large scale traumatic event and need some kind of help,” Sowa said. “So they can get past that, the last couple of years and you know, really develop a little bit, hopefully, normally going forward.”

Sowa said the plan is to spend the next three to six months gathering information and identifying areas that need help the most. Then the Sowa team will choose the test sites and schools and start their work.

The funding, via a partnership with the SECU foundation, is for a period of three years. The Sowa team hope to use this time to create a more durable, long-term solution.

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Conference to explore why the Atlantic slave trade survived until the Civil War – VCU News Fri, 15 Oct 2021 15:56:12 +0000

The Alexandrian Society of VCU will present a talk titled “Why Did the Atlantic Slave Trade Survive Until the American Civil War?” featuring John Harris, Ph.D., author of the 2020 book, “The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage”.

Harris, the McDonald-Boswell assistant professor of history at Erskine College, will speak via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public. The conference will be available at:

Harris is an expert on 19th-century American slavery and lectures at Erskine, including The Atlantic Slave Trade, The American Civil War, and The Atlantic World, 1400-1830.

John Harris, Ph.D., is an expert on American slavery in the 19th century.

“The Last Slave Ships,” published by Yale University Press, describes the illegal prosecution of the transatlantic slave trade after it was banned in the early 19th century by all major slave trading nations. The book received positive reviews in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Nation and elsewhere. The Victorian Society of New York selected it as 2020 Book of the Year.

Harris has also published an article on the financing of illegal slave travel in the Journal of Global History, writes op / eds for Smithsonian Magazine, and The Washington Post, and has created a digital exhibition on the slave trade. which has been widely used in classrooms. .

Founded in the 1960s, the Alexandrian Society is one of VCU’s oldest student organizations. However, the focus of the company has changed over time. Since 2003, when Professor Bernard Moitt, Ph.D., became the company’s educational advisor, the promotion of academic excellence has been the focus of its activities. The company is largely focused on the Atlantic world with particular emphasis on areas such as slavery, race, black status in the Americas, and gender. Although dedicated to the study of history, membership is open to all VCU students, regardless of concentration or major.