April 2020 - Simple Tips for Sustainable Living
Kamyar Enshayan, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. He works with his team to turn science into action in energy conservation, renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. He has taught environmental studies at UNI since 1993.
Eric Giddens is the energy program manager at the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. He has led energy programs at UNI since 2014 first at the Tallgrass Prairie Center and now at the CEEE. He has degrees and professional experience in civil and environmental engineering, community and economic development and math education.
March 2020 - Understanding the Gender Pay Gap
UNI economics professors Shahina Amin, Ph.D., and Lisa Jepsen, Ph.D., have been friends and colleagues for 20 years since joining the Department of Economics at UNI in 2000. Shahina holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, a master's degree from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She teaches microeconomics and economics of the labor markets. She researches in the areas of women's employment in developing countries, child labor issues and immigration. She has served as the Lawrence Jepson Professor of International Economics since 2017 and has also served as the board member and midwest representative of CSWEP, the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, since 2017. She enjoys reading fiction and historical novels, listening to music, traveling, gardening, watching HGTV and spending time with her husband and son. Shahina and Lisa co-teach a Managerial Economics course in our MBA program.
Lisa holds a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, a master's degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She teaches microeconomics and law and economics. She researches in the areas of economic demography, with a special focus on the economics of sexual orientation, and sports economics. Lisa has served as Associate Dean for the College of Business Administration since 2015. She enjoys snowshoeing and kayaking with her husband and spending time with her dogs and cats. She is hoping to participate in a quarry run in Springville, Iowa this summer.
February 2020 - Love and Online Dating
Bill Henninger, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Family Services at the University of Northern Iowa and an administrative fellow in the Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs. He teaches courses from various areas including dating and relationships, research methods, human development and professional practice in non-profit organizations. Bill has two main areas of research: one area pertains to working with children with social and emotional disabilities, and the other looks at dating in the US. In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, playing piano and coaching and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
December 2019 - Service Learning and Community Engagement
Julianne Gassman, Ph.D., is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Northern Iowa, an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Recreation and Community Services and the Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She teaches in the area of nonprofit management and is the author or co-author of numerous books and publications. Her research interests include service learning, community engagement, nonprofit management and student debt. Julianne spends her free time with her husband and four children and enjoys cycling, golfing and traveling.
November 2019 - Politics and Caucuses
Chris Larimer, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at UNI and serves as the “Political Analyst” for KWWL News. His research focuses on state politics, public policy, and political behavior. He is the solo author of the book, Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power, as well as the co-author of two other books, The Public Policy Theory Primer and The Public Administration Theory Primer. Chris has authored or co-authored several articles that have appeared in political science journals, including American Political Science Review, Political Behavior, Journal of Politics, and Public Administration Review. His co-authored research on social pressure and voter turnout has been has been discussed in several media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS News Hour, and The Atlantic. Chris is a past President of the Iowa Association of Political Scientists and provides regular commentary to several local and state media outlets, including Iowa Public Radio.