Minds Over Matters

Informal Faculty and Student Interactions

NUterm Minds over Matters gives students the opportunity to interact in small groups with faculty in informal settings to discuss cutting edge ideas, current global issues, or just various career paths.

If you are interested in attending dinner with the Faculty in Residence, the topics of the dinner discussions are listed below. All dinners will begin at 6:30pm. Please sign up for each dinner by completing a google form – you can find the link on the NUterm Facebook page, and in the weekly community email you receive from your Area Coordinator, Kate Reilly.

As the Schedule is completed, faculty and topics will be listed here as well as on the Events Calendar.

Michael Hoppmann

May 17th: “Rhetoric and Justice: What rhetoric can teach us about justified criminal convictions?”

Originally from the Harz mountains in Northern Germany, Michael spent most of his adult life in Tübingen, where he studied Philosophy and Rhetoric, and did more competitive debating than is good for any single person. In 2008 Michael came to Northeastern for a one-year PostDoc in the Communication Studies department – and never left again. Currently Michael is an Assistant Teaching Professor and serves as the Public Speaking Director at Northeastern.

Tom Vicino

May 11th: “From Boston and Beyond: Public Engagement from the Local to the Global”

Originally from Washington, D.C., Tom joined the faculty of Northeastern University in 2009. He holds PhD and MPP degrees in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. Additionally, he holds a BSc, cum laude, with departmental honors in political science, from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Tom specializes in the political economy of cities and suburbs, focusing on issues of metropolitan development, housing, and demographic analysis. He is the author of numerous publications, including four books on topics in urban affairs. He teaches courses in political science, public policy, and urban studies. In 2014, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil.

Shan Mohammed

May 23rd: “Are you Making the World a Healthier Place? Sustainable Development through Individual and Collective Action.”

Shan grew up in the village of Milan, Ohio (birthplace of Thomas Edison, for trivia buffs) and majored in Music History/Musicology at the University of Michigan prior to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the Thai-Laotian border with the Thai Ministry of Public Health. He subsequently earned his master of Public Health degree from Boston University and his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a fellowship in Academic Medicine with a focus on End-of-Life Care at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Prior to arriving at Northeastern University in 2007 Shan served as a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He currently directs the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health in Bouve College of Health Sciences.

Marilyn Minus

June 7th: “Solving Critical Engineering Challenges of the Future: What is your contribution?”

Professor Marilyn Minus, in an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. She received her Ph.D. in August of 2008 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Polymer Engineering. In addition to being a faculty member, mentor, and research advisor – Prof. Minus is the director of the Macromolecular Innovation in Nano-materials Utilizing Systems Laboratory (MINUS) research lab. Her current research interests involve understanding the process-structure-property relationships in nano-composite materials.  Her work also focuses in the area of fabrication and characterization of advanced high-performance polymer-based nano-composites, where she looks at the interfacial interaction of these polymers with carbon nano-materials to understand morphological behavior in high-performance composites. In addition to her scientific research, Prof. Minus is also commitment to teaching and thinking about diversifying the ways in which undergraduate engineering education content is delivered to the student in terms of its relevance to everyday life as well as its place in the larger scheme of a particular scientific field. In doing so, it may be possible to help students become lifelong learners as well as ambassadors in their fields.