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Stanley Blair, Ph.D.

He received a Ph.D. from Duke University.

Expertise: Dr. Blair can speak on the following topics: New Jersey literature, literary history and folklore, late 19th - early 20th century American literature, writing/rhetoric, creative writing/literary magazines.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended Audience(s): Community Groups, High School

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John Buzza, M.A.

He worked in the restaurant business for 30 years and now teaching full time.  He holds a M.A. from University of Phoenix.

Expertise: He can speak on entrepreneurship.

Association(s): Leon Hess Business School

Presentation(s):

The Alternative to Corporate America

A lecture for the individual that wants to open up his own business.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Pedram Daneshgar, Ph.D.

He received a Ph.D. from University of Florida.

Expertise: Dr. Danesghar can speak on Ecology and Botany, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, and rare species.

Association(s): School of Science

Presentation(s):

Endangered species

 

Recommended Audience(s): Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

Fruits and Flowers

 

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School

Invasive species

 

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups

Restoration

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Lisa Dinella, Ph.D.

Her research program is housed at the Gender Development Laboratory at Monmouth University, where she studies the social and interpersonal factors that influence individuals academic and career pursuits. She received a Ph.D. in Family Science, with concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Child Development from Arizona State University.

Expertise: Dr. Dinella can speak on the following topics: gender identity, academic achievement, and career development.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Presentation(s):

The Power of Pink: Does the Color of a Toy Really Matter?

This talk discusses the marketing strategy of selling pink and blue toys for girls and boys. The consequences of labeling toys as "girl toys" or "blue toys" are discussed.

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups

Princesses and Superheroes as Role Models: The Media Influence on Children and Young Adults

This talk discusses recent scientific findings on how kids and young adults incorporate princesses and superhero characters into their thoughts about being a girl or a boy.  The role of media and marketing is included in the talk.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Research in Schools

This talk reviews current tactics and strategies to unite school stakeholders and researchers in ways that benefit both groups.

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University

Women, the media, and Body Image

Talk discusses the role of media in young girls' lives, and their perceptions of themselves and their bodies.

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

Masculinity Development in Adolescence

This talk is designed to provide an overview of current research in the area of masculinity development for young men. It covers relevant (and sometimes controversial) topics such as the impact of media and cultural scripts on young men's perspectives of what it means to be a man, sexual orientation and identity, and bullying/victimization.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Psychology of the Twilight Series

This talk shows how marriage and family therapy techniques can be applied to families, using the Twilight Series' families (the Swans, Cullens, and werewolf clans) as models.

Recommended Audience(s): Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Catherine Duckett, Ph.D.

She serves Monmouth University as associate dean of the School of Science charged with student and faculty professional development as well as teaching evolution and other duties. Dr. Duckett has administrative expertise in mentoring, as well as scientific achievements in the evolution of leaf beetles. She received a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Expertise: Dr. Duckett can speak on the following topics: entomology, biology and behavior of insects and international student exchange.

Association(s): School of Science

Presentation(s):

Entomology, biology and behavior of insects

 

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

International Student exchange and the benefits to students at different stages of their education

 

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

Leaf beetle biology and evolution

 

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

Women in Science: known barriers and policies to overcome barriers for women in science

 

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

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William Gorman, M.S.

He received his M.S. from Monmouth University.

Expertise: William Gorman can speak about the following topics: current events and politics (world and U.S.), contemporary economic policy and deficit, and economic history.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups, High School

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Walter Greason, Ph.D.

Dr. Greason writes about world, economic, and intellectual history. He serves as the treasurer for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. His most recent book, "Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey," documents forgotten chapters in the northern Civil Rights Movement, while explaining the failure of racial integration to address economic inequality. In 2011, Greason won a grant from the Mellon Foundation for his innovative pedagogy, earning him recognition as an International Master Teacher. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University.

Expertise: Dr. Greason can speak on the following topics: 20th Century American economy, modern world economy (1450-present), and digital and interactive education.

Association(s): School of Education

Presentation(s):

Ambition--A Global History of Wealth

Innovation is not enough to distinguish the most competitive organizations in a global economy. Without historical perspective on the most fundamental questions of corporate and national growth, confusion reigns. In this short, powerful presentation about leadership, governance, and excellence, Dr. Greason inspires audiences to recognize social obstacles that create poverty, while also creating new systems of opportunity to grow wealth in their homes and communities.

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Noah Hart Jr., Ed.D.

He received an Ed.D. from Rutgers University.

Expertise: Dr. Hart can speak on the following topics: learning style and teaching methodology; college student development; internationalization; globalization; ethics, diversity, and social responsibility; corporate governance; diversity; multiculturalism and pluralism; and workplace relationships: the key to production and profits.

Association(s): Leon Hess Business School

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups, Elementary School, High School, Middle School

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Laura Jannone, Ed.D.

She is director of the M.S.N. Program of the School Nurse Program and is also a certified school nurse. She received an Ed.D. from Columbia University.

Expertise: Dr. Jannone can speak about school nursing, health policy, and smoking cessation in teens.

Association(s): Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies

Presentation(s):

Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it impacts children

Looks over ACA impact on children.

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

School nursing issues

Multiple issues in school nursing.

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

Smoking cessation in teens

Quit 2 Win Program.

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Gary Lewandowski, Ph.D.

He is a co-founder of ScienceofRelationships.com and director of the Relationship Science Laboratory at Monmouth University. Dr. Lewandowski's work has also appeared in numerous media outlets such as: CNN, the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, WebMD, Radio Health Journal, Science Daily, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Woman’s World, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Self Magazine, and Ladies' Home Journal. He received a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

Expertise: Dr. Lewandowski can speak about the role of self in romantic relationships including such processes as: attraction, relationship initiation, relationship maintenance, infidelity, and break-up.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Presentation(s):

Becoming a Better Person in Your Relationship

This talk discusses the process of self-expansion in relationships. Specifically, it examines how relationships contribute to self-growth and the importance of this growth in several relationship processes (e.g., infidelity, break-up, relationship maintenance).

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Casting Light on the Darkness of Dissolution

Examines the nature of break-up and the role of the self. The talk focuses on the benefits of break-up and how to successfully cope with break-up.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Relationships 101

Overview of relationship topics. Talk can be modified to accommodate various audiences.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Why People Stay in Good (and Bad) Relationships

Explores the underlying processes of relationship maintenance, with special attention paid to achieving healthy relationships.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Dorothy Lobo, Ph.D.

She received a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

Expertise:

Dr. Lobo can speak on the following topics: cell and molecular biology and signal transduction pathways. Current research includes the regulation of stress signaling pathways during cell proliferation and programmed cell death.

Association(s): School of Science

Presentation(s):

Cancer

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Cloning

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, Community Groups

Stem Cells

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Mary Anne Nagy, MBA

She received an MBA from Monmouth University.

Expertise: Mary Anne Nagy can speak on the following topics: student life and higher education; crisis management; student/conduct/judicial processes; transition to college (keys to success for parents and students); and managing town/gown relations.

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Karen Pesce, Ph.D.

She received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Expertise: Dr. Pesce can speak on the following topics: environmental microbiology; impacts of human activities on the environment; and teaching science through authentic learning.

Association(s): School of Science

Presentation(s):

Environment and Human Health

 

Recommended Audience(s): Middle School, High School, Community Groups

How Microbes Rule The World

 

Recommended Audience(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Community Groups

Practical Applications of Authentic Learning in the Sciences

 

Recommended Audience(s): Community Groups

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Michael Phillips-Anderson, Ph.D.

He received a Ph.D. from University of Maryland College Park.

Expertise: Dr. Phillips-Anderson can speak on the following topics: political communication, campaigns, public speaking, humor, humor and politics.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended Audience(s): Community Groups, High School

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Joe Rapolla, MBA

Joe Rapolla is the music industry program director and chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at Monmouth University. A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led integrated marketing departments at Universal and Warner Music Group. He also helped build a direct-to-consumer marketing agency and a social research agency, and ran marketing for the video game division of Def Jam Enterprises. He has directed programs for top talent, such as Madonna, Bon Jovi, U2, Green Day, and Sting, and has partnered with the world's leading entertainment, media, and consumer brands and agencies. He has earned multiple Gold Records for his work at the music companies. He is also a performing songwriter and producer. He has released three studio CD's and film soundtrack, collaborates with top writers and artists in NYC and Nashville, and continues to perform locally and abroad. He received an MBA from Monmouth University.

Expertise: Music industry, entertainment, digital media, digital marketing, social marketing streaming, business strategy, engagement marketing, direct to consumer marketing, and customer relationship management (CRM).

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups, Elementary School, High School, Middle School

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Stuart Rosenberg, Ph.D.

He received a MBA and Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Expertise: Dr. Rosenberg can speak about the impact of the economy on business strategy.

Association(s): Leon Hess Business School

Recommended Audience(s): Community Groups, High School

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Claude Taylor, M.A.

He received a M.A. from West Chester University.

Expertise:

Claude Taylor can speak about communication theory and political communication and media studies. His research interests include explorations of the relationship between contemporary media in the United States and political participation across identity categories such as race, class, and gender; the relationship between social class, the media, and democratic citizenship; and the intersection of popular culture and U.S. politics.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Presentation(s):

Communication and Racial Identity

Lecture format presentation about the relationship between media representations of race and racial stereotypes and communication at various levels.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Effective Public Speaking

Lecture or workshop format training in effective public speaking.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Social Class and Communication

A lecture format presentation about the relationship between social class and communication at various levels from individual identity formation to media consumption practices.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Michael Warshaw, J.D.

He received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Expertise: Michael Warshaw can speak on the following topics:  insurance law (including automobile insurance), municipal court and traffic law, social security disability, contracts, negotiable instruments, business entities, and distracted driving.

Association(s): Leon Hess Business School

Presentation(s):

Auto Insurance and Automobile Law

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Criminal Law

Search and seizure laws.

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Drug Laws

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

DWI Laws

What are the obligations a driver pulled over for DWI?

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Employment Law

What are the employee’s rights?; Family Leave; How do I start a business and what are my options?; What happens if I get hurt in a car accident, in a school sports activity, while at work, as a result of horseplay, as a result of a defect in a product or in property?

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

How the Court system works - State/Federal

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Landlord Tenant Information

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Life Insurance and Insurance Issues

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

The Constitution

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

Workers’ Compensation

 

Recommended Audience(s): High School, College or University, Community Groups

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Kenneth Womack, Ph.D.

Dr. Womack is an internationally renowned Beatles authority, having published five books devoted to the band’s life and times, including Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four (2006), Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007), The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four (2014), and New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles: Things We Said Today (2016). In 2010, The Independent named The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles as “Music Book of the Year,” while Choice honored it as a “Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2009-2010.” Dr. Womack is also the author of the first full-length biography of Sir George Martin, the group’s legendary producer.

Expertise: Dr. Womack offers a wide range of Beatles talks, including multimedia presentations about the evolution of their music and the innovative production techniques associated with Sir George Martin, their famed producer and collaborator.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups, Elementary School, High School, Middle School

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Melissa Ziobro, M.A.

She received an M.A. from Monmouth University.

Expertise: Oral history, public history, Fort Monmouth, 20-21st century American military history, women in the United States military, archives, records, collections management, and museum studies.

Association(s): Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended Audience(s): College or University, Community Groups, High School

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