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Faculty Lecture Series

The 2016-2017 Robert I. Strozier Faculty Lecture Series will begin Friday, August 26, 2016 in the Student Union Ogeechee Theater. The sessions will feature Armstrong faculty members who will lecture on a variety of topics. Each session will last from 12 to 1 p.m.

Friday, August 26: Chris Cartright, Languages, Literature & Philosophy
The Politics of Pop Culture 
From Assassin’s Creed to American Sniper, from Marvel to Miley Cyrus, pop culture is political. Media representations subtly shape our ideas about the world and inform the ways we address terrorism, poverty, and other global issues. Sometimes the stories we tell about the world keep us from thinking critically about solutions. This lecture will explore the discursive and ideological relationship between pop culture and global policy, and will discuss ways scholars can engage this intersection to promote critical thinking and social justice in public discourse.

Friday, September 23: Kevin Jennings, Criminal Justice, Social & Political Science 
Digital Forensics: How Armstrong is Poised to Change in the Future 
Digital Forensics is an emerging field in criminal justice, and is increasingly important in an age in which everyone carries a digital device. This lecture will first cover the basics of digital evidence, from how a computer hard disk works to what kinds of evidence that digital forensics professionals look for. It will then cover how Armstrong State University is in a special position to influence this field in the coming years through the Armstrong State Police Department's Cyber Forensics Division and the Center for Applied Cyber Education.

Friday, October 14: Ho Huynh, Psychology 
Timeouts and Psychological Momentum in Sports: A Data Driven Answer 
Imagine that you’re watching your favorite sports team compete against your rivals. Although your team has held the lead for most of the game, your rivals make a furious comeback, scoring on three consecutive occasions. Although fretful, you find comfort in seeing your team’s coach signaling for a timeout. Conventional wisdom suggests that timeouts can curb opponents’ momentum, but empirical support for this notion is lacking. This lecture will review empirical literature on psychological momentum and present evidence from more than 10,000 plays and 5,700 timeouts in women’s volleyball matches to provide an answer to this dilemma.

Friday, November 18: McKinley Thomas, Health Sciences 
You Want Broccoli With That? Obesity, Lifestyle, and the Slow Food Movement 
The Slow Food movement has gained broad acceptance worldwide since its inception in the mid-1980s. However, its presence in the U.S. has been overshadowed by a growing obesity epidemic. Just under 35% of American adults and 17% of children aged 2-19 are classified as obese, both exhibiting chronic and life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. An underlying factor associated with these statistics centers on one’s philosophy towards nourishment. Slow food, and its associated value system, has the potential to restructure our approach toward sustenance and diminish health risks associated with poor lifestyle choices.

Friday, January 20: Pam Cartright, Radiologic Sciences 
Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Review of Existing and Potential Therapeutic Applications in Oncology 
Investigations into the medicinal properties of marijuana have led to the development of cannabinoid pharmaceuticals such as dronabinal, nabilone, and nabiximols. Studies have explored the possibilities of enhanced effectiveness of smoked marijuana vs. pharmaceuticals. This lecture will review the literature regarding the medical use of marijuana, both inhaled and the cannabinoid pharmaceuticals (with emphasis on indications relevant to oncology), as well as adverse effects of marijuana use.

Friday, February 24: Doug Masini, Radiologic Sciences
Creating the Perfect Place to Sleep 
How do you define normal sleep? You learned it as a baby, a critically important function that was natural, effortless, and perfect. Today in the United States, approximately 70 million people (and 33% of children) have sleep-disordered breathing, and spend billions of dollars on sleep aids for a disorder that is at once physical, neurological, and biochemical. This lecture will give an overview of the most common disorders (dyssomnias) as well as the controllable aspects of sleep hygiene. 

Friday, March 24: Felicity Turner, History 
The Madness of Mary Telfair 
In mid-1875, Mary Telfair died, leaving clear directions in her will for the dispensation of her assets. The principal beneficiaries were the Georgia Historical Society and the City of Savannah. Telfair’s nephews, who received only small disbursements, contested the will claiming that Mary Telfair was not of sound mind when she signed the document. Not easily deterred by early losses, they pursued their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The contest over Mary Telfair’s will provides a lens for examining how gendered assumptions about women’s mental fitness and capacity informed late nineteenth-century medico-legal understandings of madness and insanity. 

Friday, April 7: Deb Hagerty, Nursing 
Engaging in Transformational Leadership: University Opportunities 
Across disciplines and departments, our ability to engage is stymied by stress of teaching and departmental duties. The ability to engage and demonstrate leadership skills that promote an open, honest culture of learning can be prohibited by the complexity of emotions which occur as the result of normal human reactions. This lecture will inform participants about transformational leadership culture, which will support the vision of the student, department, and the university. The solutions are simple yet remain profoundly difficult for many. Participants will take away at least one approach to practice.  

For more information, please contact Lesley Clack at lesley.clack@armstrong.edu