University of Illinois at Chicago http://wamc.org en Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago – Naked Mole Rats http://wamc.org/post/dr-thomas-park-university-illinois-chicago-naked-mole-rats-0 <p>This week we’ll be featuring five winners of the 2012 <a href="http://www.wamc.org/post/second-annual-academic-minute-senior-superlatives">Academic Minute Senior Superlatives</a>.<br><br>Thomas Park of the University of Illinois at Chicago received the Most Likely to Take Over the World award for this explanation of why the naked mole rat can survive conditions that would be lethal to most of us.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 54204 at http://wamc.org Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago – Naked Mole Rats http://wamc.org/post/dr-thomas-park-university-illinois-chicago-naked-mole-rats <p>In today&rsquo;s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Park of the University of Illinois at Chicago explains the hardy nature of the naked mole-rat and how an understanding of the odd creature could improve medical outcomes in humans.</p><p>Thomas Park is a professor of biology and Neuro Group Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his research is focused on the neurobiology of sensory information processing. His research group uses two model systems: sound localization in echolocating bats, and orientation to touch in naturally blind naked mole- rats.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Bradley Cornelius 36141 at http://wamc.org Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago – Naked Mole Rats