Category Archives: Spring 2019

Edith Parker, Thursday, March 28th, 2019

parker_edith.jpg“Public Health is Global Health”

          Nationally recognized expert in community-based participatory behavior Dr. Edith Parker promotes innovative ideas to improve major social determinants of health and health disparities. She is a renowned researcher in community-based participatory analysis, which emphasizes the active involvement of community members in all aspects of the research process. Her extensive background in research as well as her interest in aiding in the prevention of diseases and helping people live healthier lives qualifies her as a well rounded specialist in her field of work. Dr. Parker’s research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of community health promotion interventions to improve health status and reduce racial disparities in health. Her expertise also includes translating and disseminating research findings for program and policy change.

Dr. Edith Parker serves as Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She also directs the Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She formerly served as Departmental Executive Officer of the University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health. Her work centers on engaging community members in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research interventions, and translating and disseminating research findings for program and policy change.

Dr. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, as well as Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan before joining the University of Iowa in 2010.

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Gabriele Villarini, Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

villarini_gabriele-20151012-no-04bis.jpg“Flooding and Rainfall Associated with Tropical Cyclones”

          Rainfall associated with landfalling tropical cyclones plays a crucial role in terms of rainfall extremes and climatology in many areas of the world, from the tropics to the mid-latitudes. The flooding caused by these storms have been responsible for significant societal and economic impacts, with hundreds of fatalities and losses in the billions of dollars. In the United States alone, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria (2017) and Hurricanes Florence and Michael (2018) represent some of the latest examples of the devastation associated with these storms. Therefore, an improved understanding and prediction of the heavy rainfall and flooding associated with tropical cyclones can provide basic information towards improving our preparedness, mitigation and management of these hazards.
          This presentation will provide an overview of the heavy rainfall and flooding associated with tropical cyclones using a combination of observations and outputs from climate models. The results will provide a broad geographical and temporal view of the hazards associated with landfalling tropical cyclones, as well as recent insights into their predictability.
          Gabriele Villarini is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, and the Director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2003 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2008 from the University of Iowa; he also received his Executive MBA from the Tippie School of Business at the University of Iowa in 2018. He was a researcher and Willis Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University from 2008 to 2012.
         His research interests focus on flood hydrology, extreme events, hydroclimatology, and climate predictions and projections. He has received a number of national and international awards, including the “Hydrological Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist Award” by the European Geosciences Union (2013), the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award and the Editor’s Award – Journal of Climate” by the American Meteorological Society (2014), and the James B. Macelwane Medal by the American Geophysical Union (2016). He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2016). He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, including articles in Nature, Science, Nature Climate Change and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He served as a member of the American Geophysical Union Precipitation Committee and of the U.S.-CLIVAR Working Group on Hurricanes and Climate.

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Danielle N. Lussier, Thursday, March 7th, 2019

20161026Lussier_Danielle“Political Elites in Putin’s Russia: Ideology, Foreign Policy and Public Support”

          Danielle N. Lussier uses thought-provoking analysis on why democracy succeeds in some countries but not others, such as comparing the post-transition experiences of two cases of contemporary democratization: Russia and Indonesia. Following authoritarian regimes, democracy eroded in Russia but flourished in Indonesia – so confounding dominant theories of democratization that predicted the opposite outcomes based on their levels of socioeconomic development and histories of statehood.
          Over the course of this luncheon, Lussier will be discussing the key behaviours and patterns of political participation as a factor in Russian democracy and its political elite.
          Danielle N. Lussier is an associate professor of political science. Her research focuses on democratization, political participation, and religion and politics, with geographic expertise on post-communist Eurasia and Indonesia.
          She is the author of Constraining Elites in Russia and Indonesia: Political Participation and Regime Survival (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her research has also been published in Journal of Democracy, Religion & Politics, Problems of Post-Communism, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Slavic Review. Lussier is completing a second edition of The Many Faces of Political Islam with Mohammed Ayoob (Michigan State University) and is also developing a book manuscript on the role of houses of worship in the political lives of Muslims and Christians in Indonesia. Her research has been supported by the Global Religion Research Initiative, the Kennan Institute, and several programs at Grinnell College.
          Lussier teaches courses on Russian politics, democratization and regime change, Islam and politics, and comparative politics. She also participates in the Russian, Central, and East European Studies concentration.
          If you would like to know more about her research, visit: https://www.grinnell.edu/user/lussierd

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Menevis Cilizoglu, Thursday, February 28th, 2019

img_2122-e1501191872543“Imposition and Termination of Economic sanctions: Their Domestic and Economic Effects”
         Just over the last year, sanctions on Iran and North Korea led to troubling economic and humanitarian consequences. Professor Menevis Cilizoglu researches the results of sanctions imposed on such countries. She draws from current events, researching high-profile cases like Iran, North Korea, and Russia, reflecting on their domestic, economic, and humanitarian consequences. In the postwar era, states are increasingly utilizing economic sanctions as a tool of coercive diplomacy.
          Theoretically, the threat of sanctions should convince target governments to acquiesce to the sender’s demands, if credible (Drezner, 2003; Smith, 1995). However, a remarkable observation about economic sanctions is that they often fail to generate significant costs. According to the Threat and Imposition of Sanctions (TIES), 82% of imposed sanctions between 1945 and 2005 produced only minor costs to the target state. This observation may explain why Iranian President Ahmadinejad, North Korea’s Chairman King Jong-Un and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro all dismissed sanctions as toothless and ineffective.
          Menevis Cilizoglu is a Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College. She got her Social and Political Science B.A. from Sabanca University in Turkey and her Ph.D and M.A. in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research examines the processes connecting foreign policy to international economics, primarily economic sanctions. She primarily examines governments’ decision to impose and terminate economic sanctions, as well as domestic and economic effects of sanctions on imposer and targeted states.
          If you would like to know more about her research, visit: https://meneviscilizoglu.com/

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Keith Sahm, Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Force_Blue_Keith.jpg“Saving the World’s Coral Reefs”

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          For over the last 20 years, Keith has been in a managerial role of Sunset House in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is an accomplished diver, strategist, hotelier & marketer. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, he is a former board member of the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) and Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA). Keith was one of the first to install coral farms in the Cayman Islands and co-founder of the island’s NGO “Save Cayman”. He has been a guest speaker at numerous DEMA events and was named “Diver of the Year” in 2015 by Beneath the Sea for his role in promoting SCUBA recreation, training, safety and advocate for the seas. He is also the Co-Founder of a “mission therapy” nonprofit known as Force Blue.
          FORCE BLUE is the only nonprofit organization in the world that provides “mission therapy” for former combat divers – individuals in whom governments around the world have invested millions to create the best possible underwater and maritime operators – by retraining, retooling and deploying them on missions of conservation, preservation and restoration.
          By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation in one, mission-focused program, FORCE BLUE has created a model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet.
          If you would like to know more or contribute to their cause, visit: https://forceblueteam.org/our-story/

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T. Bram Elias & Stella Elias, Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Bram Elias“Immigration in the Era of Trump and Brexit”

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Professor Bram Elias joined the clinic in 2014 and has directed the Clinic’s immigration practice since 2015. He previously worked as an immigration attorney in private practice in downtown Iowa City, where his work focused on federal immigration law, removal defense, immigration-related family law issues in state court, and immigration-related post-conviction review and habeas corpus litigation in state and federal courts. Professor Elias’s students practice before federal immigration courts and administrative bodies, the federal Board of Immigration Appeals, and state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

       Stella Burch Elias joined the Iowa Law faculty in 2012, after a two-year appointment as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches civil procedure, foundations of international law, immigration law, and comparative law, and directs Iowa’s London Law Program. Her research involves public international and comparative law, with a focus on United States and foreign immigration and nationality laws.
elias       Professor Elias was voted Professor of the Year by the law school student body for 2017-18. In 2016-17, she was nominated by the College of Law faculty and students for the University of Iowa’s campus-wide President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2014-2015 she received the James N. Murray Faculty Award, given each year to one tenure-track faculty member at the University of Iowa, in recognition of outstanding teaching and assistance to students, exceptional research and writing, and dedicated service to the University and the surrounding community

 

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Blake Rupe, February, 6th, 2019

rupe“Plastics in the Oceans”

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       Blake is the Sustainable Water Development Program Coordinator in IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering. She comes to the College of Engineering after a background in startups and conservation.
       Blake received her Master’s degree in International Studies and focused her research on the different human drivers behind waste proliferation and marine debris presence. She conducted projects in several areas of this field – from conducting field research in quantifying and classifying the waste problem all the way to identifying and critiquing systemic, institutional obstacles to improving the waste situation.
       After graduation, Blake utilized her passion for conservation and skills in web design and development to build mobile conservation and sustainability apps, known as Re-App. She has taken part in the Iowa Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids and was named a finalist for the Iowa Women of Innovation award.
       As a conservationist, Blake is passionate about promoting clean water and community engagement to improve environmental health.

 

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Dimy Doresca, Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Doresca, Dimy“Trade and Small Businesses in Africa”

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       Dimy Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and an International Business Specialist and Consultant. He sits on the following boards and councils: Iowa District Export Council Department of Commerce, Engage Cuba Coalition, State of Iowa Council, National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE International), YALI Regional Leadership Center – Dakar, Senegal, and Community Health Initiative, CHI – Haiti.
       He is the Director of the Institute for International Business and a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at The University of Iowa. He is also the Academic Director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa. In the last two years, he has hosted three cohorts of Mandela Washington Fellows from more than 25 Sub-Sahara African countries in the business and entrepreneurship field.
       In the last 18 years his professional experience includes international market research, doing business overseas, risk analysis, strategic planning, budgeting, financial management, business development and operations, contracts administration and negotiations, claim analysis, and international banking. During his career, Dimy has set many international offices, worked with local suppliers, recruited local representatives, negotiated contracts and terms of payment, and dealt with foreign banks, insurance companies, and foreign government officials in many countries in the Middle East and Asia.
       Dimy holds a BA in International Business from Augustana College and an MS in Foreign Service (International Affairs) from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He speaks English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

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John Reitz, Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

reitz.png“The Chinese Model of Democracy is a Major Competitor to Liberal Democracy”

Fluent in French and German, conversant in Dutch, Italian, and Spanish, and currently studying Chinese, Russian, Persian, and Turkish, as well as a variety of ancient languages, Professor Reitz’s love of foreign languages led him to focus his professional career on comparative law and transnational transactions. Formerly Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review, a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the University of Munich (1970-1971), and an extern in the Office of the Legal Advisor to the Department of State, Professor Reitz spent eight years in private practice with the Washington, DC, law firms of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and Crowell & Moring, periodically involved with foreign clients and problems of transnational litigation.
     He is a Director of the American Society of Comparative Law, has served several two-year terms on the Executive Committee of that organization and chaired a variety of other committees. He has also served as the chair of the Comparative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.
     Prior to joining the faculty of the College of Law in 1983, Professor Reitz served as an American Fellow to the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar on American Law and Institutions.
     The author of numerous articles and book chapters, Professor Reitz’s scholarship reflects his teaching interest. In 1989-90, he held Fulbright and German Marshal Fund fellowships to conduct research in Germany. Recent teaching and scholarship have focused on two fronts: the development of the rule of law in Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union; and the comparative study of economic regulation and deregulation. He is an editor of Constitutional Dialogues in Comparative Perspective (London & NY: Macmillan Press, 1999) (with Kenney and Reisinger) and currently is studying (1) the specific ways in which the legal systems of Western European nations and the United States reflect differences in political and economic structures and (2) the export and import of foreign legal models in newly democratizing states.

 

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