Dr. Lloyd Ackert has served as Faculty Advisor for the Great Works Symposium since 2012. He is based in the Department of History, and directs the new Emerging Scholars Program in CoAS. He received his BA at the University of Minnesota in 1997 with an Interdisciplinary degree in the History of Science, Evolutionary Biology, and Russian Language and Area Studies. He received his PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University in 2004, then spent two Post-Doctoral years at Yale University. Before receiving his degrees, Dr. Ackert joined the Air force as a cryptological linguist specialist where he was stationed in Alaska and regularly made trips along the Soviet coast. During his undergraduate career, he studied Russian Language at St. Petersburg University and began his Doctoral studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ackert has written extensively about the history of ecology and microbiology, particularly through the biography of Sergei Winogradsky. His book Sergei Vinogradskii and the Cycle of Life was published by Springer Press in 2013, he has had several essays published in the Journal of the History of Biology, and he is currently writing a monograph, The ‘Cycle of Life’: A History of Experimental Holism, which examines the laboratory methods of 18th to mid-20th century scientists in their research of holistic ecology. He teaches a broad range of courses at Drexel University from the history of ancient science, Russian history, and evolutionary thought. He is a corresponding editor for the Russian Academy of Sciences and an active member of the History of Science Society.
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Dr. Julia Novak Colwell earned her Ph.D. in Fisheries & Wildlife at Michigan State University (2016) where she also earned her MSc (2013). Her research has focused on the unintended impacts of resource management regulations, particularly pertaining to the fisheries sector in Tamil Nadu, India. Her current research aims to identify how underrepresented segments of the fisherfolk population, particularly women, are affected by management hierarchies and fisheries regulations and how those impacts feedback to influence resource use and resource health. Julia was a 2015 Fulbright-Nehru scholar and has also led a range of study abroad programs. These have included programs in the high Himalayas focused on mountain and glacial ecology as well as in Madagascar on biodiversity conservation and livelihood preservation. Julia’s research interests center around water as a medium for life and lifeline for communities.