Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Dr. Jay Huebner, University of North Florida – Historical Meteorite Impact

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jay Huebner of the University of North Florida reveals the geographic evidence supporting reports of a historical meteorite impact.

Jay Huebner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is one of the university’s charter faculty members and has taught a variety of engineering, physics, and astronomy courses. He has studied at the prestigious Keck Observatory in Hawaii and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Dr. Andrew Stephen, University of Pittsburgh – Social Media and Self-Control

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Stephen of the University of Pittsburgh explains how your behavior may be influenced by social media connections. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Dr. Giora Proskurowski, University of Washington – Plastic in the Oceans

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Giora Proskurowski reassesses the amount of plastic pollution being held in the world’s oceans.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Dr. Leonard Mermel, Brown University – Germs and Spaceflight

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Leonard Mermel of Brown University reveals why small germs can cause big problems for astronauts on long-term missions.

Leonard Mermel is a professor of medicine in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research seeks to understand the pathogenesis, epidemiology, and prevention of hospital-acquired infections. His work has been published in a number of peer-review journals and book chapter.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Dr. Gareth Dyke, University of Southampton – Dinosaurs and Flight

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gareth Dyke of the University of Southampton explains how a newly discovered fossil is complicating the story of how and when flight evolved.


Gareth Dyke is a senior lecturer in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Southampton where his research addresses the evolutionary history of birds and their dinosaurian relatives. His research has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Dr. Evguenia Malaia, University of Texas at Arlington – Sign Language and the Brain

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Evie Malaia of the University of Texas at Arlington reveals what features of American Sign Language have to say about how the brain processes language.

Evie Malaia is an assistant professor in the Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work utilizes EEG and fMRI techniques to investigate the neural basis for language processing and the effect of linguistic experience on visual processing, memory, and executive control. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Dr. Kevin Rockmann, George Mason University – Psychology of Telecommuting

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kevin Rockmann of George Mason University explores how the practice of telecommuting alters the relationship between a company and its employees.

Kevin Rockmann is an associate professor in the School of Management at George Mason University where his research investigates the development and influence of various types of attachments in organizations. His research can be found in a number of academic journals and he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Dr. Tom Smulders, Newcastle University – Waterlogged Fingers and Gripping Ability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Smulders of Newcastle University explains why our fingers become wrinkly after prolonged exposure to water.


Tom Smulders is a senior lecturer at Newcastle University’s Centre for Behaviour and Evolution where his research focuses on different aspects of spatial information processing, specifically in food-hoarding animals. His work has been featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Academic Minute
9:03 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Dr. Alex Hastings, Georgia Southern University – Panama Canal and Crocodile Fossils

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Alex Hastings of Georgia Southern University reveals how work on the Panama Canal has helped paleontologist gain a better understanding of crocodile evolution.

Alex Hastings is a visiting instructor in the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. His research is focused on questions regarding paleobiogeography, ecology, cladistics, and functional morphology, particularly of crocodilians. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
11:58 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Dr. Andrew Goldfine, Weill Cornell Medical College – Awareness in Vegetative Patients

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Goldfine of Weill Cornell Medical College takes a second look at a study that found awareness in some patients that were in a vegetative state.


Andrew Goldfine is an assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He is currently working in the labs of Nicholas Schiff and Jonathan Victor at Weill Cornell Medical College, studying the pathophysiology of disorders of consciousness, and the use of neurophysiological tools to track recovery of movement and large-scale cerebral networks.

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