Academic Minute http://wamc.org en Dr. Victoria Kaspi, McGill University - Neutron Star Movement http://wamc.org/post/dr-victoria-kaspi-mcgill-university-neutron-star-movement <p>What is left after a star explodes and dies? The answer is a <em>n</em><em>eutron star</em>.</p><p>Dr. Victoria Kaspi, professor of astrophysics and cosmology at McGill University, is piecing together the structure of a specific type of neutron star called a <em>magnetar.</em></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87901 at http://wamc.org Dr. Victoria Kaspi, McGill University - Neutron Star Movement Dr. Larissa Samuelson, University of Iowa, Playing With Your Food http://wamc.org/post/dr-larissa-samuelson-university-iowa-playing-your-food <p> Maybe you should let your children play with their food!</p><p>It seems like a mess just waiting to happen, but Larissa Samuelson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, is demonstrating that playing with one's food might be a beneficial part of the learning process.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87892 at http://wamc.org Dr. Larissa Samuelson, University of Iowa, Playing With Your Food Dr. Jeffrey Froh, Hofstra University - The Benefits of Gratitude http://wamc.org/post/dr-jeffrey-froh-hofstra-university-benefits-gratitude <p>The feeling of gratitude can positively influence all the other factors of one's life.</p><p>Dr. Jeffrey Froh, associated professor of psychology at Hofstra University, is studying the far reaching effects that gratitude has on children.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87889 at http://wamc.org Dr. Jeffrey Froh, Hofstra University - The Benefits of Gratitude Dr. Scott Kirkton, Union College - Understanding the Molting Process of Grasshoppers http://wamc.org/post/dr-scott-kirkton-union-college-understanding-molting-process-grasshoppers <p>Studying how insects metabolize and process oxygen could bring some relief for farmers hoping to protect their crops without using dangerous pesticides.</p><p>Dr. Scott Kirkton of Union College is learning a great deal about the biochemistry that triggers a grasshopper's molting process.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87361 at http://wamc.org Dr. Scott Kirkton, Union College - Understanding the Molting Process of Grasshoppers Dr. Phillip Ko, Vanderbilt University - The Decline of Memory Resolution http://wamc.org/post/dr-phillip-ko-vanderbilt-university-decline-memory-resolution <p></p><p></p><p>The clarity of one's memories is referred to as memory resolution.</p><p>Dr. Phillip Ko, a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, is studying the sharpness of memory in order to better understand the aging of the brain, memory loss and diseases like Alzheimer's.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87360 at http://wamc.org Dr. Phillip Ko, Vanderbilt University - The Decline of Memory Resolution Dr. Victor Albert, University at Buffalo - Ancient Lineage of Flower DNA http://wamc.org/post/dr-victor-albert-university-buffalo-ancient-lineage-flower-dna <p>Studying the DNA of the ancient <em>Amborella </em>flower is opening up new insights into the evolution of certain plants and animals.</p><p>The University at Buffalo's Dr. Victor Albert is looking deeply into the ancient origins of this <em>Amborella</em> and working to sequence its genome in order to better understand how life has developed on Earth.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87356 at http://wamc.org Dr. Victor Albert, University at Buffalo - Ancient Lineage of Flower DNA Dr. Hans Meltofte, Aarhus University - Arctic Biodiversity Threatened By Climate Change http://wamc.org/post/dr-hans-meltofte-aarhus-university-arctic-biodiversity-threatened-climate-change <p>Rising temperatures are threatening the biodiversity of the Arctic.</p><p>Dr. Hans Meltofte, senior scientist at Denmark's Aarhus University, describes the negative impact of climate change in this area as "already visible" and details the serious ecological consequences that are resulting.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87354 at http://wamc.org Dr. Hans Meltofte, Aarhus University - Arctic Biodiversity Threatened By Climate Change Dr. Michael Inzlicht, University of Toronto - The Science of Self-Control http://wamc.org/post/dr-michael-inzlicht-university-toronto-science-self-control <p>Is there a measurable limit to the amount of self-control each person possesses?</p><p>Dr. Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, studies self-control and is helping to debunk a popular theory regarding the now widely studied topic.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87352 at http://wamc.org Dr. Michael Inzlicht, University of Toronto - The Science of Self-Control Dr. Nathan Spreng, Cornell University - The Aging Brain Network http://wamc.org/post/dr-nathan-spreng-cornell-university-aging-brain-network <p>Breakthroughs in how we understand the human brain's structure and internal communication networks are helping scientists track neurological changes over time.</p><p>Dr. Nathan Spreng, assistant professor at Cornell University's Department of Human Development, is using advancement in neuroimaging to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we age.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 86914 at http://wamc.org Dr. Nathan Spreng, Cornell University - The Aging Brain Network Dr. Frederic Bouchard, Université Laval – Canada's Lakes Move Toward Widespread Dessication http://wamc.org/post/dr-frederic-bouchard-universit-laval-canadas-lakes-move-toward-widespread-dessication <p>A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results.</p><p>Dr. Frederic Bouchard, post-doctoratal research fellow at Université Laval, is studying the climate models of many areas across Canada and making predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.</p><p>Frederic Bouchard PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Laval's <a href="http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/en/page.aspx?lien=index" target="_blank">Center for Northern Studies</a>. He's published many papers focusing on the ecology of the Arctic, his main research focus.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 86911 at http://wamc.org Dr. Frederic Bouchard, Université Laval – Canada's Lakes Move Toward Widespread Dessication