The University of Texas at Austin http://wamc.org en This Week on The Academic Minute http://wamc.org/post/week-academic-minute-2 <p><strong>Monday, July 21</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Dr. Fred Jourdan of Curtin University discusses mass extinction through an analysis of ancient volcanic eruptions.<br /><br /><strong>Tuesday, July 22</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University touts the long lasting health benefits of playing a high school sport.<br /><br /><strong>Wednesday, July 23</strong><br /><br />The University of Kansas' Dr. Paul Selden is using spider fossils to reconstruct ancient ecosystems.<br /><br /><strong>Thursday, July 24</strong><br />&nbsp; Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 94778 at http://wamc.org Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates http://wamc.org/post/dr-luis-zayas-ut-austin-latina-suicide-rates <p>One segment of the population commits suicide more than any other: Hispanics teens.</p><p>Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, shares some numbers and dissects the factors contributing to this troubling trend.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 90327 at http://wamc.org Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates Dr. Molly Bray, The University of Texas at Austin - Genetics and Exercise http://wamc.org/post/dr-molly-bray-university-texas-austin-genetics-and-exercise <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Molly Bray of The University of Texas at Austin explains the connection between genetics and the ability to stick to an exercise routine.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><br />Molly Bray is a professor and the Susan T. Jastrow Human Ecology Chair for Excellence in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior. Her most recent project explores the genetic basis for exercise adherence.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 82907 at http://wamc.org Dr. Molly Bray, The University of Texas at Austin - Genetics and Exercise Dr. Lars Hinrichs, The University of Texas at Austin – Best Smile http://wamc.org/post/dr-lars-hinrichs-university-texas-austin-best-smile <p><strong>This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.</strong><br /><br />Dr. Lars Hinrichs of the University of Texas at Austin won in the Best Smile category with this Academic Minute that explains why many features of Texas-English are disappearing.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 80483 at http://wamc.org Dr. Lars Hinrichs, The University of Texas at Austin – Best Smile Dr. Robyn Metcalfe, University of Texas at Austin – Logistics and Food Supply http://wamc.org/post/dr-robyn-metcalfe-university-texas-austin-logistics-and-food-supply <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Robyn Metcalfe of the University of Texas at Austin explains the complex supply chain that keeps food on your table.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 80411 at http://wamc.org Dr. Robyn Metcalfe, University of Texas at Austin – Logistics and Food Supply Prof. Nancy Prideaux, University of Texas Austin – Logistics of Black Friday http://wamc.org/post/prof-nancy-prideaux-university-texas-austin-logistics-black-friday <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Prof. Nancy Prideaux of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the year-long process behind the biggest retail shopping day of the year.</p><p></p><p><br />Nancy Prideaux is Director of the UT in NYC program and a senior lecturer in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin.&nbsp; Her research is focused on apparel retail and visual merchandising and she has taught a variety of courses in the Textiles and Apparel curriculum at the University of Texas.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 78378 at http://wamc.org Prof. Nancy Prideaux, University of Texas Austin – Logistics of Black Friday Dr. Todd Humphreys, The University of Texas at Austin – GPS Hijacking http://wamc.org/post/dr-todd-humphreys-university-texas-austin-gps-hijacking <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Todd Humphreys of the University of Texas at Austin describes a newfound threat to the transportation industry.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br>Todd Humphreys is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the application of optimal estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, orbital and attitude dynamics, and signal processing. His recent focus has been on defending against intentional GPS spoofing and jamming.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 73045 at http://wamc.org Dr. Todd Humphreys, The University of Texas at Austin – GPS Hijacking Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, The University of Texas at Austin – The Drug War and Border Town Violence http://wamc.org/post/dr-ricardo-ainslie-university-texas-austin-drug-war-and-border-town-violence <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ricardo Ainslie of The University of Texas at Austin explores the social and economic factors behind recent violence in a Mexican border town.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 70413 at http://wamc.org Dr. Ricardo Ainslie, The University of Texas at Austin – The Drug War and Border Town Violence Dr. Stephen Trent, University of Texas at Austin – Bacteria and Vaccines http://wamc.org/post/dr-stephen-trent-university-texas-austin-bacteria-and-vaccines <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Trent of the University of Texas at Austin reveals how bacteria could be used to create better vaccines.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Stephen Trent is an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin. His lab explores how diverse environmental stimuli promote changes in conserved microbial structures found on the surface of pathogenic bacteria. His current research project is exploring the use of bacteria to improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera, and HPV.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 66440 at http://wamc.org Dr. Stephen Trent, University of Texas at Austin – Bacteria and Vaccines Dr. Hans Hofmann, The University of Texas at Austin – Genetics and Common Behaviors http://wamc.org/post/dr-hans-hofmann-university-texas-austin-genetics-and-common-behaviors <p>In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Hans Hofmann of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the genetic basis of common behaviors found in distantly related species.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 59320 at http://wamc.org Dr. Hans Hofmann, The University of Texas at Austin – Genetics and Common Behaviors