The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world’s toughest problems.
Dr. Diane Paige
Professor of Music & Department Chair
“On the Power of Play”
Dr. Ryan Ceresola
Assistant Professor of Sociology
“The Curious Case of Correcting Corruption”
Dr. Laurel Elder
Professor of Political Science, Sociology Department Co-chair
“Public Opinion and Presidential Candidate Spouses”
Professor Theresa Turick-Gibson on Nursing
Dr. William Kowalczyk on Psychology
By Carlena Cochi Ficano, Ph.D.Professor of Economics, Intermim Chair of Business and Accounting
Business is both a fundamental and a derivative field of study. Facility with core business competencies such as finance, accounting, organizational behavior, and marketing is important, but in the end, all business is the business of something, and business alone is not enough. With this as a core philosophy, I am guiding the evolution of one of the College’s largest departments in a manner that respects student interest, provides a deep foundation in business content, offers myriad opportunity for experiential learning, and intentionally harnesses the immeasurable value of the liberal arts. Read more…
Dr. Ficano’s areas of expertise include labor economics, applied econometrics, social policy on low-income family well-being, the economics of higher education, and local economic development.
She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University.