Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dr. Natalie Phillips, Michigan State University – The Brain and Reading

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Natalie Phillips of Michigan State University explores how the brain functions while reading literature.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Dr. John Ragosta, Hamilton College – History of the National Day of Prayer

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. John Ragosta of Hamilton College explores the historical roots of the National Day of Prayer.

John Ragosta is a visiting assistant professor of history at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. As a historian and lawyer, he has been widely published in both legal and historical journals in the areas of early American history, constitutional law and international relations. He is currently completing work on his latest book, Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, Texas A&M University – Violin Accents

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joseph Nagyvary of Texas A&M University demonstrates the different vowel tones possessed by many high-end violins. 

Joseph Nagyvary is a professor emeritus of biochemistry at Texas A&M University. He has conducted research into the construction and tonal quality of Stradivarius and Guarnerius violins for more than 25 years. He was the first to prove that the tonal quality of such violins was the result of treatments designed to protect the instruments from worm infestation.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Dr. Heath Brown, Seton Hall University – Political Activity and Non-Profits

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Heath Brown of Seton Hall University explores how some immigrant-serving organizations work to encourage voting.


Heath Brown is an assistant professor of political science at Seton Hall University, where his current research focuses on nonprofits, interest groups, and the presidency. In 2012 he published Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition and he recently received a grant to study immigrant groups and the 2012 election.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dr. Steve Yetiv, Old Dominion University – Oil Production and Foreign Policy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Steve Yetiv of Old Dominion University explains why U.S. foreign policy is closely tied to foreign and domestic oil production.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Dr. Aron Barbey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Emotional Intelligence

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Aron Barbey of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explains efforts to understand emotional intelligence.

Aron Barbey is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience in the Beckman Institute Cognitive Neuroscience group at the University of Illinois where he also heads the Decision Neuroscience Laboratory. His research investigates the principles of brain organization that underlie executive control, reasoning and decision making. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Emory University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Dr. Neil McLachlan, University of Melbourne – Relativity of Pleasing Music

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Neil McLachlan of the University of Melbourne reveals the learned nature of pleasing music.

Neil McLachlan is an associate professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. His research in the Music and Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory examines the neurocognitive mechanisms involved in auditory perception.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Dr. Hans Larsson, McGill University – Evolution of Birds

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Hans Larsson of McGill University discusses the evolutionary pressures that influenced the development of flight in birds.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Dr. Jason Martin, DePaul University – Social Media and Chinese Censorship

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Martin of DePaul University explains the growth of Chinese social media sites and the government’s attempts to control them.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Dr. David Frayer, University of Kansas – Speech and Handedness in Neanderthals

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Frayer of the University of Kansas reveals evidence of handedness among Neanderthals and discusses what the new data implies about their capacity of language.

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