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Eagle Eye View Podcast

“Eagle Eye View” is the official podcast of Georgia Southern University. Enjoy casual conversations with leaders in Eagle Nation. From getting over seasonal allergies to mapping out the ghosts of Savannah, this podcast series covers a wide range of topics with dedicated professionals.

(S2-E5) How the cookie crumbles: Professor disproves claims about lactation cookies

The “New Mom Economy” is a $46 billion market, according to Forbes. Many of these products make promises about the effects they can have to improve the health and development of babies and new mothers. But the numbers are out: and the effects are not as conclusive as many may be comfortable with. The product in the spotlight are “lactation cookies,” which claim to help new moms produce more milk for breastfeeding. Ana Palacios, M.D., Ph.D. of Georgia Southern University conducted a study showing one major brand of lactation cookies do not improve milk production for new mothers at all.

(S2-E4) Hot gut health can improve more than just your stomach

As the warmer months draw near, many people are getting “beach ready”. While they focus on diet and exercise for what’s seen on the outside, they will find there are even more impacts being made on the inside. Georgia Southern University’s Greg Grosicki, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology, explains what’s happening in your stomach and why simple changes to the daily routine can make a massive difference to your digestive system. An article on the research can be found here.

(S2-E3) A global solution for Type 1 diabetes

Georgia Southern University could become the epicenter of innovation for patients with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Sevki Cesmeci, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He recently received a $200,000 Innovation Grant Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to develop more user-friendly technology for living with T1D. In this project, Dr. Cesmeci will lead efforts to develop an artificial pancreas system that could improve the quality of life for T1D patients.

(S2-E2) Explaining the debt ceiling and what happens next

The newest United States Congress was sworn into session in early January. After the back-and-forth of selecting the Speaker of the House, it was almost immediately faced with another widely-followed issue: the debt ceiling.

America recently hit “the debt ceiling”, and there doesn’t appear to be a solution to it on the horizon. This begs the questions: The debt ceiling: What is it? What does it mean to reach it? What are short and long-term ramifications if nothing is done? And what solutions are there?

Michael Toma, Ph.D., is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Economics for Georgia Southern University, and has given countless presentations on economics and finance. A written version of the podcast can be found here.

(S2-E1) Athletic Training professional explains the Damar Hamlin injury

The nation has been following the progress of Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin after a scary injury during a nationally televised football game. Dr. Steve Patterson, Ed.D., is the Graduate Athletic Training Program Director at Georgia Southern University. He explains the injury, what first responders did to help Hamlin, and how Georgia Southern is training students for similar situations. Additionally, he discusses the emotional weight trainers carry before and after responding to an injury.

(S1-E8) New army training models for new army recruits

When you think about Basic Training for the Army, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s crawling through mud under barbed wire while being screamed at by a tall man in an even taller hat. There have been recent news reports about how army training and other military practices are changing with the times.

Dr. Nancy Henderson is an assistant professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at Georgia Southern University. She grew up in a military family and explains how Georgia Southern is working to lessen training injuries.

(S1-E7) First-generation college students in the spotlight

Nov. 8th is First Generation College Students Day. Dominique Quarles, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer for Georgia Southern University. He is the first person in his family to go to college, and is now a mentor for students in a similar position. Listen to what he has to say about what it takes for families to get their first college students and how universities are turning to them more than ever.

For more information on admissions, visit the Georgia Southern University Office of Admissions webpage.

(S1 – E6) Why Savannah is the most haunted city in America

Savannah is famous for its connection to the spirit world. Whether its the Civil War-time architecture or the old cemeteries, the city has a reputation built on ghost tours and visits from the spirit world. How did it all begin and how much of a ghost story should you believe? Georgia Southern University’s Alena Pirok, Ph.D., reveals the answers as well as how she uses ghost stories in the classroom.

(S1-E5) How to protect yourself in Cyberspace

As the world becomes more digital, there’s booming demand for cybersecurity. It’s not just about changing your passwords or getting hacked on social media; it’s about protecting yourself from hackers who can steal a lot more than just your vacation photos. Frank Katz, an Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing assistant professor, tells you the simple steps you can do to keep yourself safe.

The Georgia Southern University Department of Information Technology program is training the front line of digital warriors. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing career fields. For more information on the Information Technology program, go to this website.

(S1-E4) The Civil War: 160 years later

In Sept. 1862, President Abraham Lincoln changed the course of American history by announcing that enslaved people would soon be free. Commonly referred to as the ‘preliminary’ Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s action that day was emboldened by a Union victory at the Battle of Antietam only days earlier. It is considered the bloodiest battle in American history after nearly 23,000 men lost their lives in a single day.

Ben Parten, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of history at Georgia Southern University who specializes in 19th century politics, abolition, civil war, reconstruction and the slave trade. He recently earned a doctorate at Yale University, and returned to his home state of Georgia. He discusses the importance of these two events that occurred 160 years ago. Find the written article here.

(S1-E3) Eagle Nation saves submerged history

Kurt Knoerl, Ph.D., is a maritime archaeologist. He goes to historic sites along the Coastal Empire to discover, study and preserve notable historic finds. His sites range from oyster processing facilities passed down through generations to boats which have been submerged for hundreds of years. For months, he will teach students about the history of the sites and then trains them on how to work in the knee-deep muck.

(S1-E2) Allergy season in the Coastal Empire

With many students moving to the area for the first time, some of them may experience their allergies differently. Professor Alan Harvey, Ph.D., has dedicated a decade of research into pollen. This research includes how environments react to it, what causes our allergies and what times of year see the spike in sneezing. Read more from this article.

(S1-E1) Moving in with the Eagle Experience

This time of year, millions of college students move to their respective college campuses. For many of them, it will be the first time they move onto their campus. Georgia Southern University launched a new program called “The Eagle Experience,” which is series of social and informational events to help students become more comfortable in their new homes. The Eagle Experience recently won an award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators because of its impact and effectiveness.

Last updated: 4/26/2023