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Chemistry and the Power of Mentorship
Episode 29

Chemistry and the Power of Mentorship

Kristine Grayson, Associate Professor of Biology

Carol Parish is a nationally recognized leader in computational and theoretical chemistry. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular behavior of energy related materials and biomolecules. She is frequently honored for her commitment to mentoring undergraduates and increasing the number of underrepresented students in the sciences. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Intersection of Rap Lyrics and the Law
Episode 28

The Intersection of Rap Lyrics and the Law

Carol Parish, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Chair in Chemistry

Erik Nielson is a liberal arts professor in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. An expert in hip hop culture, Nielson specializes in the intersection of rap lyrics and the law. He is a much sought after expert witness for court trials and is frequently quoted in national media related to the use of rap lyrics as part of the prosecution. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional footage was collected in the fall of 2020.

The Integral Nature of Music and the Arts
Episode 27

The Integral Nature of Music and the Arts

Erik Nielson, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts

A pianist and harpsichordist, Joanne Kong is an internationally known for her musicianship. She is the longtime Director of Accompaniment and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles. She's also one of today's most sought after and compelling veganism advocates, and travels the globe promoting a vegan lifestyle. Note: The interview and content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landscape Ecology and Protecting our National Parks
Episode 26

Landscape Ecology and Protecting our National Parks

Joanne Kong, Director of Accompaniment and Coordinator of Chamber Ensembles

Todd Lookingbill is a professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment and also teaches biology courses. He is an expert in landscape ecology and protected areas' management. Lookingbill works with the National Park Service, The Forest Service, and other management agencies to educate people on how to be responsible stewards of natural land. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional footage was collected in the fall of 2020.

The History of Mathematics and the Language of Change
Episode 25

The History of Mathematics and the Language of Change

Todd Lookingbill, Associate Professor of Geography, the Environment and Biology

Della Dumbaugh has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Richmond for more than 25 years. She teaches across the mathematics curriculum, including calculus, linear algebra, and number theory. She also specializes in the history of mathematics. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional footage was collected in the fall of 2020.

Zebrafish, Genetics, and Curing Disease
Episode 24

Zebrafish, Genetics, and Curing Disease

Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics

Biology professor Isaac Skromne is a development biologist who uses zebrafish in his research related to bone disease and the central nervous system. His research projects are supported by both the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. His areas of expertise include development, genetics, and neuroscience.

Trade Policy and International Relations
Episode 23

Trade Policy and International Relations

Isaac Skromne, Assistant Professor of Biology

Maia Linask is an economics professor in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Her research examines the political economy of trade policy, specifically related to international relations. She also studies the interaction of trade policy and product quality. Linask teaches microeconomics and international trade.

Group Dynamics and Ethical Leadership
Episode 22

Group Dynamics and Ethical Leadership

Maia Linask, Associate Professor of Economics

Donelson Forsyth is a professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. A social and personality psychologist, Forsyth studies groups, leadership, ethical thought, and moral judgment. He teaches courses on “Group Dynamics” and “Leadership and the Social Sciences”. He is a prolific author with more than 150 books, chapters, and articles on ethics, groups, and leadership.

Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations
Episode 21

Wrongful Convictions and Exonerations

Donelson Forsyth, Professor of Leadership Studies

Mary Tate is a clinical professor of law and director of the Richmond School of Law's Institute for Actual Innocence, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020. Professor Tate and her students work to identify and exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals. Her scholarship focuses on post-conviction issues, innocence commissions, and the problem of wrongful convictions.

Art Music & Music as Medicine
Episode 20

Art Music & Music as Medicine

Mary Tate, Clinical Professor of Law

April Greenan is a musicologist and liberal arts professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses through the University of Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies. Her research centers on 18th century Western art music and the cultivation of an art music tradition in the U.S. Another major theme of her research is the intersection of music and medicine.

Performance as a Tool for Social Change
Episode 19

Performance as a Tool for Social Change

April Greenan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts

Associate Professor of Theatre Patricia Herrera’s teaching and research focus on contemporary theater and performance, with an emphasis on social justice, identity politics, and transnationalism. Her areas of study also include Latinx cultural productions, documentary theater, and gender and performance.

The Changing Political Landscape
Episode 18

The Changing Political Landscape

Patricia Herrera, Associate Professor of Theatre

Ernest McGowen, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, researches political behavior, campaigns, and elections, especially with respect to race and ethnicity. He's also studied behavior in young and African American voters, gerrymandering, and youth activism.

Constitutional History and the Reconstruction Amendments
Episode 17

Constitutional History and the Reconstruction Amendments

Ernest McGowen, Associate Professor of Political Science

Law Professor Kurt Lash is one of the country's leading constitutional law scholars. Founder and director of the Richmond Program on the American Constitution, he has published widely on constitutional history, theory, and law; religious liberty; and free speech. One main area of his scholarship focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments, specifically the 14th Amendment.

A Well-Grounded Brain and Behaviorceuticals
Episode 16

A Well-Grounded Brain and Behaviorceuticals

Kurt Lash, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in Law

Kelly Lambert is an award-winning professor of behavioral neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on unique aspects of decision-making and the best strategies for protecting and enhancing the brain's ability to navigate life's uncertainties. She also studies the hand-brain connection, emotional resilience, and comparative animal behavior.

The Implications of Diversity
Episode 15

The Implications of Diversity

Kelly Lambert, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Sociology professor Bedelia Richards is a race, ethnicity, immigration, and education scholar. Her research addresses the implications of the growing diversity in the United States' black population, and promotes critical thinking about how institutions of higher education can better serve students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and communities. For more information about Richards’ research, visit https://bre.is/hz3RIeeWf

Seeing the World Through Costume Design
Episode 14

Seeing the World Through Costume Design

Bedelia Richards, Associate Professor of Sociology

Theatre professor Johann Stegmeir is an expert in costume and makeup design, as well as costume construction. Stegmeir has designed costumes for opera, theatre, dance, feature films, and television all over the world. Recently, he served as a costume designer for the 2017–18 North America premier of Alma Deutscher's Cinderella.

Leadership in Literature, Film, and Performance
Episode 13

Leadership in Literature, Film, and Performance

Johann Stegmeir, Associate Professor of Theatre

Jepson School of Leadership Studies associate professor Kristin Bezio integrates the study of literature into the Leadership Studies curriculum. Her areas of specialization include leadership in literature, film, and performance, and cultural and political history in Early Modern England. The footage and photos for the aerial section of this video are courtesy of Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus and Double Take, Lauren Olinger, and Barbara Shore Portrait.

The Art of Public Speaking
Episode 12

The Art of Public Speaking

Kristin Bezio, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

Linda Hobgood is the director of the Speech Center and professor of rhetoric and communication studies. She specializes in public speaking, speech writing, personal communication, and political rhetoric. She is always seeking ways to improve communication skills in both the workplace environment and the public setting.

Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery
Episode 11

Human Rights and Modern Day Slavery

Linda Hobgood, Director of the Speech Center, Rhetoric and Communication Studies

Political science professor Monti Datta’s research focuses on human rights and modern day slavery. He helped launch the Global Slavery Index, which assesses the prevalence of human trafficking across the world. Datta teaches classes on international relations, research methods, and global governance.

Engaging Students To Get Results
Episode 10

Engaging Students To Get Results

Monti Datta, Associate Professor of Political Science

Accounting professor Joe Ben Hoyle, who has worked at the University of Richmond for 40 years, is a beloved faculty member who is well known for a unique approach to teaching. A champion of the Socratic Method, Hoyle’s main goal is to engage each one of his students from the moment they walk into his class.

Changing Attitudes Through Scholarship
Episode 9

Changing Attitudes Through Scholarship

Joe Ben Hoyle, Associate Professor of Accounting

Jennifer Nourse is an anthropologist whose research focuses on Indonesia. She's explored a wide range of topics, including religion, healthcare, and politics. Students marvel over the unique treasures in her office, and she is also one of only a small group of people in the world who speak the Indonesian dialect Lauje.

Global Perspectives and the Value of Language
Episode 8

Global Perspectives and the Value of Language

Jennifer Nourse, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Yvonne Howell is a professor of Russian and international studies. She speaks five languages and is an expert on Russian and East European culture. She is dedicated to exposing University of Richmond students to global perspectives. *Photos in this piece were drawn from a collection of images that include sights in both St. Petersburg and Kyiv.

Leadership and the Heroes Journey
Episode 7

Leadership and the Heroes Journey

Yvonne Howell, Professor of Russian and International Studies

Psychology professor Scott Allison researches heroes – how we construct them, why we need them, and why we are sometimes happy when they fall. He is an editor of the Heroism Science journal, and has written numerous books focusing on heroes and leadership.

Astrophysics and Big Data
Episode 6

Astrophysics and Big Data

Scott Allison, Professor of Psychology

Astrophysicist Jack Singal is a physics professor whose research focuses on our universe. A major theme of his research is light — both the kinds our eyes can and can’t see. His work helps us understand all the things that make up the universe.

Writing and Thinking Critically
Episode 5

Writing and Thinking Critically

Jack Singal, Assistant Professor of Physics

Joe Essid directs the university's writing center, and writing across the curriculum program. As a scholar, he studies changing patterns of literacy, and how technology alters notions of good writing. He's also the campus beekeeper.

Chemical Biology and Cancer Research
Episode 4

Chemical Biology and Cancer Research

Joe Essid, Director of the Writing Center

Chemistry professor Julie Pollock is a chemical biologist who focuses on developing programs that advance public health and medical research. Her primary focus is on cancer. Specifically, understanding how cancer develops and progresses. Pollock prides herself on her work with undergraduates, who she involves in every aspect of her research.

Modern U.S. History and Civil Rights
Episode 3

Modern U.S. History and Civil Rights

Julie Pollock, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Professor Julian Hayter says today’s students often lack a deep knowledge of the history of the 20th century and the forces that came to define the American City during this time. He uses contemporary issues, such as civil rights and historical monuments, to help students better understand the forces that shape how politics truly operate.

Anti-Corruption Law and the Olympics
Episode 2

Anti-Corruption Law and the Olympics

Julian Hayter, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

The Olympic Games provide a fascinating case study to how various countries address the reality of corruption. Professor Andy Spalding uses the games to help his students better understand the impact and role of anticorruption at the international level.

Population Ecology and the Impact of Climate Change
Episode 1

Population Ecology and the Impact of Climate Change

Andy Spalding, Professor of Law

Biology professor Kristine Grayson is a field ecologist whose areas of expertise include population ecology, the spread of invasive forest pests, migration in salamanders, and the impact of climate change on all of these species. The primary goal of her research program is to understand the ecology and physiology of animals in changing environments. Note: The interview and some content for this episode of Spider Talks was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome to Spider Talks

The University of Richmond is known for its outstanding academic quality — where accomplished faculty of diverse fields, backgrounds, and perspectives can flourish and have a distinctive voice. Spider Talks is a video series that presents an informative dialogue between President Ronald A. Crutcher and faculty to discuss their passion for creating new knowledge through innovative teaching, impactful research, and collaborative academic experiences. Spider Talks is produced by University Communications and is delivered each month during the spring and fall academic semesters.