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Deeper Than Data: The Analytics of Rehab Success

As the nation grapples with the opioid epidemic, experts are looking for effective ways to support addicts in recovery. Virginia Miori, Ph.D., associate professor of decision and system sciences, tackles the issue — with data — in her recent project, “Forecasting Treatment Outcomes for the Futures Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center.” Along with Kathleen Campbell Garwood, Ph.D., and Catherine Cardamone ’18, she uses the data from one rehabilitation center to learn how to best support...


Lights, Camera, Awards Season!

Among the avalanche of awards shows that squeeze into the calendar during the first quarter of each year, one stands above the rest: the Oscars. In this episode, Deron Albright, M.F.A., associate professor of film, discusses his experience making a feature film in Ghana and helping that country earn recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also lends his expert opinion to this year's Oscar class, discussing what kinds of films often earn nominations and...


Stuck in Middle English with You: The Medieval Roots of Valentine's Day

In the midst of non-stop advertisements for new romantic comedies, over-spending on flowers and chocolates, and potential heartbreak this Valentine's Day, one may wonder, "Who can I blame for this fuss?" The answer might surprise you. Spend the holiday with medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer and Associate Professor of English Paul Patterson. Patterson takes us through the medieval roots of today's celebration of love — with a little Middle English.


A Note from Our Sponsors: Advertising, Music and "The Big Game"

No matter which team you root for, one of Super Bowl Sunday’s big winners will undoubtedly be the advertisers. Commercials have become a big part of the day, and some of the most memorable ads have been paired with equally memorable songs. In this episode, David Allan, Ph.D., professor of marketing, talks about popular music in advertising and how the combination can help or harm bands and brands. He also discusses his experience with the halftime show and what to expect from Justin...


Eight Hours: Sleep, Memory and Getting Both Right

How important is it to get the right amount of sleep? We'll answer with another question: how important is it to have a functioning memory? In the debut episode of Good to Know, SJU neuroscientist and assistant professor of biology Jennifer Choi Tudor, Ph.D., discusses her research on the effect sleep deprivation has on the protein synthesis necessary for proper memory formation, and why getting the right eight hours of slumber - sleep when it's dark, work and play when it's light - is...