SIU School of Medicine

Jump directly to a section:

Content Contact Information

The Academy for Scholarship in Education

Innovative Speaker Series

The Academy seeks to bring speakers to SIU School of Medicine who have been conducting innovative medical educator research, implementing innovative educational practices and programs, and/or creating innovative community outreach in the area of medical education.









Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (12:00 - 1:00)

Liselotte Dyrbye, MD
Sponsor: Hilary Sanfey

Topic: "Physicians Well-Being and Burnout"

Locations: Telehealth Conference Room 1252, 913 Rutledge; FCM Decatur; FCM Quincy; and Carbondale 310

Thursday, February 4, 2015 (11:00 -12:00)

Jean Pretz, PhD
Sponsor: Anna Cianciolo

"The Effects of Role and Strategy on Clinical Decision Making in Simulation."

 Locations: Telehealth Conference Room 1252, 913 Rutledge; FCM Decatur; FCM Quincy; and Carbondale 310

Talk description:

In this study of 120 fourth-semester nursing students, we examined the effect of simulation role (e.g., primary nurse, observer) on clinical decision making accuracy. In an effort to understand the strategy use among student nurses in simulation, we compared participants' use of intuition and analysis in a familiar and a novel scenario. Finally, we explored the relationship between strategy use and clinical decision making accuracy in simulation.


Dr. Pretz is Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, PA. She received her PhD from Yale University, and previously taught at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. She studies decision making with aim to understand when intuition is insightful and when it is irrational. Her work on creativity examines the relationship between creativity and success in college. Dr. Pretz teaches courses in neuroscience, decision making, and a seminar on intelligence and creativity at Elizabethtown.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (12:00 - 1:00)

Karrie Karahalios, PhD
Sponsor: Tim Koschmann

Locations: Telehealth Conference Room 1252, 913 Rutledge; FCM Decatur; FCM Quincy; and Carbondale 303

Title:  Understanding and encouraging communication with visualization

Face-to-face communication requires a complex orchestration of various communicative channels that include gaze, gesture, expression, and vocalization.   Visualization can highlight this invisible dance; it can also encourage and discourage specific communicative behaviors.  In this talk, I will present a trajectory of visualization work starting with the visualization of vocalization and moving towards the visualization of coordinated communicative behavior.  In doing so, I will discuss the challenges faced when aggregating disparate streams of data, discuss when visualization is helpful, and pose the question:  how does visualization translate to cognition?

Karrie Karahalios is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Co-director of the Center for People and Infrastructures at the University of Illinois where she heads the Social Spaces Group. Her work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they emit and perceive in face-to-face and mediated electronic spaces. Her work is informed by communication studies and visualizations of social communities. Of particular interest are interfaces for public online and physical gathering spaces such as Twitter, chatrooms, cafes, parks, etc. Research projects range from studying tie strength between people to encouraging vocalization through visualization. A major theme in the work is the creation of interfaces that enable users to perceive conversational patterns that are present, but not obvious, in traditional communication interfaces. She received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Faculty Early-Career Development Award from the US National Science Foundation (NSF CAREER), and Microsoft’s Richard Newman Breakthrough Research Award in the area of social computing to better understand and visualize conversation dynamics.  She completed a S.B. in electrical engineering, an M.Eng. in electrical engineering and computer science, and an S.M. and Ph.D in Media Arts and Science at MIT.