In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Samuel Sober of Emory University reveals how birds listen to themselves to get their songs right every time.
Sam Sober is an assistant professor of biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His current research on singing behavior in finches investigates the relationship between neural activity, muscular activation, and task performance by using a range of techniques to describe how neural circuits drive vocal output. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the University of Hawaii reveals what makes the venom of the box jelly so deadly.
Angel Yanagihara is Director of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and an assistant researcher with the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii. Her lab’s current objective is the systematic biochemical and pathophysiological characterization of novel toxins and bioactive compounds from venomous marine invertebrates.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jan Amend of the University of Southern California explains efforts to understand microbes that live deep below the surface of the earth.
Jan Amend is a professor of earth sciences and biological sciences at the University of Southern California. His lab carries out research in microbial geochemistry with particular interests in shallow-sea hydrothermal systems and the deep subsurface biosphere.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ed Baptist of Cornell University explores the cultural and economic importance of cotton in antebellum America.
Ed Baptist as an associate professor of history at Cornell University where his teaching and research interests are focused on the nineteenth-century United States, and particularly, the history of slavery in the South. His work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Larisa DeSantis of Vanderbilt University reveals what North America’s largest predators were eating just before they died out.
Larisa DeSantis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on revealing the ecology and biology of ancient mammals, with a focus on assessing past responses to climate change. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Florida.