Fall 2020 Visiting Scholars

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All events are virtual.

Lindsay Bottoms | Nov. 4, 10 a.m.

Lindsay BottomsDr Lindsay Bottoms is a Reader in Exercise and Health Physiology, and Deputy Head of the Centre for Research in Psychology and Sport Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire.

Lindsay is part of several projects exploring the wellbeing benefits of exercise in different health conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, alcohol addiction and depression. She also has been exploring the cardiometabolic health benefits of anthocyanin supplementation in adults with metabolic syndrome.

To watch the event, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pd5f50z1iY

Co-Sponsored by the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Wereley Place-Based Research Group.


Past Fall 2020 Visiting Scholars Events


Tasia Jones | Sept. 8

Nasia Jones

Tasia A. Jones is a professional director, actor, and theatre educator. Her most recent directing credits include Intimate Apparel (Northlight Theatre), Small Mouth Sounds (UCCS Theatreworks), Voyeurs de Venus (Northwestern University), The MLK Project (Writers Theatre), Seussical the Musical (Jean’s Playhouse), and No Child (Northwestern University). 

She has appeared in such works as Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (The Lyric Stage Company), Good Television (Zeitgeist Stage Company), and The Bluest Eye (Company One). She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University. She has taught in the prestigious theatre programs of University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University. She is also an artistic associate for Black Lives Black Words International Project and the recent Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre. Tasia’s artistic mission is to create civic engagement and conversation through theatre and to promote positive societal change at the individual and community level.

Co-Sponsored by the Purdue Department of Theatre

Spencer Lee | Sept. 24

Spencer LeeSpencer Lee is chief executive officer of Roto-Rooter Group. He is based in Roto-Rooter’s corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Lee was born in South Korea on September 20, 1955. He immigrated to the United States as a teenager and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He received his BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California in 1978. He earned his MBA from The University of Chicago in 1980. In July 1980, Spencer joined Chemed Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio (Roto-Rooter’s parent company) as assistant to the president. In 1981, he was appointed director of development of Roto-Rooter Group in Cincinnati. In 1983 he was appointed assistant branch manager of the Roto-Rooter Branch in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1984, he was named regional vice president (of Roto-Rooter’s Mid-Atlantic Region and in 1996 of Northeast Region) and he was based in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1996, Spencer was promoted to senior vice president operations, based at Roto-Rooter headquarters in Cincinnati. Finally, in 1999, he was appointed chief executive officer of Roto-Rooter Group. Spencer is married with two children. He is fluent in English and Korean.

Co-Sponsored by the Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource Center (AAARC).

Paschalis Gkoupidenis | Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Paschalis GkoupdenisPaschalis Gkoupidenis earned his PhD in materials science from NCSR “Demokritos”, Athens, Greece, in 2014. During his PhD, his research focused on ionic transport mechanisms of organic electrolytes, and physics of ionic-based devices, and of non-volatile memories. Following his PhD, in 2015 he started his postdoc at the Department of Bioelectronics (EMSE, France). At the Department of Bioelectronics, he worked on the design and development of organic neuromorphic devices based on electrochemical concepts. In 2017, Gkoupidenis joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP, Mainz, Germany), and he is currently a Group Leader at the Department of Molecular Electronics. The research in his group focuses on the area of Organic Neuromorphics and Bioelectronics.

Co-Sponsored by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Briony Horgan | Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m.

Briony Horgan

Every rock on Mars is a time capsule for Professor Briony Horgan, potentially holding information from billions of years ago that could help answer questions about life in the universe today. Horgan will soon delve into those questions by searching for evidence of past microbial life as part of the NASA Mars rover Perseverance mission. Perseverance is set to land in Jezero Crater, just north of the planet’s equator, this February. Horgan was part of the science team that identified the area as a good target.

Simple life forms such as microbes allow researchers to understand how rare or common life is in the universe. At this point, Earth is the only data to help scientists determine how and where life forms and evolves. Join Horgan in an interactive Q&A session, as we explore the exciting possibilities of this mission and its far-reaching implications.

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.