Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Dr. Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University – Language Learning Computer

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Mitchell of Carnegie Mellon University introduces us to NELL, a language learning computer. 

Tom Mitchell is a professor of computer science and Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His current research projects are focused on determining how the human brain represents word meaning and creating a computer that learns independently by reading the Internet. He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Dr. Harold Gouzoules, Emory University - Psychology of Screaming

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Harold Gouzoules of Emory University explains the psychology of screaming in humans and other primates.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dr. Melissa Sloan, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee – Race and Workplace Satisfaction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Melissa Sloan of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee explores the role of race in determining workplace satisfaction.

Melissa Sloan is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Her research investigates the relationships among occupational and job characteristics, workplace status, the experience and expression of emotion in the workplace, and psychological well-being. She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Dr. Jeff Stanton, Syracuse University – Sonification of Data

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Stanton of Syracuse University reveals efforts to represent large data sets using sound.

Jeff Stanton is Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. As a result of his interests in data mining and machine learning, he has begun work in an emerging area called data science, which focuses on the management, analysis, and visualization of large data sets. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Pringle, University of Michigan – Trees and Ant Defenders

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elizabeth Pringle of the University of Michigan reveals how some tropical trees pay armies of ants to defend them against herbivorous pests. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Dr. Anandasankar Ray, University of California Riverside - How Mosquitoes Smell

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anandasankar Ray of the University of California Riverside explains how mosquitoes are able to track us down from great distances.

Anandasankar Ray is an associate professor of entomology at the University of California Riverside. His lab seeks to understand the molecular, neuronal and physiological basis of insect chemoreception and behavior, specifically as they relate to food-seeking behaviors. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Dr. James Coan, University of Virginia – The Human Brain and Empathy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Coan of the University of Virginia reveals evidence that our brains are wired for empathy.

James Coan is an associate professor of clinical psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia. His research examines the neural systems supporting social forms of emotion regulation. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and been featured in the popular press.

About Dr. Coan

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Dr. Minna Huotilainen, University of Helsinki – Lullabies and Fetal Memories

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Minna Huotilainen of the University of Helsinki explains why it may never be too early to introduce a baby to music.

Minna Huotilainen is a researcher in psychology and cognitive science in the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include the development of human cognition, auditory processing and memory functions, and developmental disorders.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Dr. Wing Yee (VerBon) Cheung, University of Southampton - Nostalgia and Optimism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Wing Yee (VerBon) Cheung of the University of Southampton explains why how we think about the past can influence attitudes about the future.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Dr. Brody Sandel, Aarhus University – Topography and Forest Clearing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brody Sandel discusses why forests are becoming increasingly restricted to sloped terrain.

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