Westminster Professors Featured in National Podcast

Academic Minute

Sep 13, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY– Westminster College professors shared their expertise on “The Academic Minute,” a podcast featuring professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted. Westminster faculty discussed the student loan debt crisis, the effects of light pollution, the search for life on Mars and how fantasy role-playing games can help academic writing.  Westminster College Week on “The Academic Minute” occurred September 9-13, 2019. The podcast is also available via Inside Higher Ed and NPR

Seidelman-Photo-250x300Student Loan Debt Crisis James (Cid) Seidelman Ph.D., distinguished service professor of economics The student loan debt crisis shows no signs of slowing down. James (Cid) Seidelman examines why reform is needed.  Listen to or read the Student Loan Debt Crisis episode

Kamenetzky-Photo-819x1024Light Pollution Julia Kamenetzky Ph.D., assistant professor of physics Light pollution can have a lot of negative effects. Julia Kamenetzky delves into how the Park Service is documenting the effect of bright lights. Listen to or read the Light Pollution episode.  Baxter-Photo-1024x984Great Salt Lake and Life on Mars Bonnie Baxter, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of Westminster's Great Salt Lake Institute Want to go to Mars? Head to Utah. Bonnie Baxter explores how the Great Salt Lake can help us search for life on Mars and determines how Great Salt Lake could be a stand in for the red planet. Listen to or read the Great Salt Lake and Life on Mars episode. LeCluyse-Headshot-2-ColorAcademic Writing as Fantasy Role Playing Game Christopher LeCluyse Ph.D., professor of English Could gaming help in your college writing course? Christopher LeCluyse determines if academic writing can be like a fantasy role-playing game. Listen to or read the Academic Writing as Fantasy Role Playing Game episode. Seidelman-Photo-250x300End of Neoliberalism James (Cid) Seidelman Ph.D., distinguished service professor of economics The 2016 presidential election may have signaled the end of neoliberalism. James (Cid) Seidelman explores the rise of reactionary populism.  Read the End of Neoliberalism episode. 


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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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