Academic Minute http://wamc.org en Dr. Susan Thomson, Colgate University - Rwanda since the 1994 Genocide http://wamc.org/post/dr-susan-thomson-colgate-university-rwanda-1994-genocide <p>It has been 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda.</p><p>Susan Thomson, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University, examines life in the African nation since those tragic days.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 88403 at http://wamc.org Dr. Susan Thomson, Colgate University - Rwanda since the 1994 Genocide Dr. Joanne Dickson, University of Liverpool - Depression and Goals http://wamc.org/post/dr-joanne-dickson-university-liverpool-depression-and-goals <p>How does depression affect one's personal goals?</p><p>Joanne Dickson, research director on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Programme in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool, surveyed the personal goals of people with depression and people who have never suffered from the mood disorder to study the results.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 88401 at http://wamc.org Dr. Joanne Dickson, University of Liverpool - Depression and Goals Dr. Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland - The Geometry of Life http://wamc.org/post/dr-jayanth-banavar-university-maryland-geometry-life <p>The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path.</p><p>Jayanth Banavar, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) at the University of Maryland, discusses how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 88400 at http://wamc.org Dr. Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland - The Geometry of Life Dr. Jessica Remedios, Tufts University - The Stigma Of Prejudice http://wamc.org/post/dr-jessica-remedios-tufts-university-stigma-prejudice <p> Prejudice is a highly complicated and nuanced concept.</p><p>Dr. Jessica Remedios, assistant professor of psychology at Tufts University, examines the perplexing issue of prejudice by taking a look at the variables present in nearly all social interactions.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87907 at http://wamc.org Dr. Jessica Remedios, Tufts University - The Stigma Of Prejudice Dr. John Roe, University of North Carolina at Pembroke - Declining Leatherback Turtle Populations http://wamc.org/post/dr-john-roe-university-north-carolina-pembroke-declining-leatherback-turtle-populations <p>The leatherback turtle population is getting some much needed help.</p><p>Dr. John Roe, assistant professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is tracking, studying and helping to develop strategies that will help to revitalize the leatherback population.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 87906 at http://wamc.org Dr. John Roe, University of North Carolina at Pembroke - Declining Leatherback Turtle Populations 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