Academic Minute

The DREAM Act, legislation that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the United States and gain resident status, has been introduced into both house of congress various times in various forms since 2001. It has yet to pass, or even be voted on in the senate. President Obama has put some aspects of the act into effect with executive orders, but there are students around the country who still hope the full act will someday become law.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from a potential "Dreamer".

2015.1.26 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Jan 25, 2015

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Monday, January 26
Stacy Tye-Williams of Iowa State University analyzes instances of workplace bullying.

Tuesday, January 27
Lucy Thairu of Stanford University profiles infant mortality in Tanzania.

Wednesday, January 28
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Brian Balin explores advances in research into Alzheimer's disease.

The Academic Minute for 2015.1.19-1.23

Jan 23, 2015

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The Academic Minute for 2015.01.12 - 01.16

Jan 16, 2015

Monday, January 12
Angela Crean - University of New South Wales

2015.01.12 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Jan 12, 2015

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The Academic Minute for 2015.1.5 - 1.9

Jan 9, 2015

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2015.01.05 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Jan 5, 2015

Monday, January 5
Kimberly Fenn of Michigan State University shows how social media might be corroding the accuracy of memory.

Tuesday, January 6
Jacob Hirsh of The University of Toronto explores the predicative nature of personality traits.

Wednesday, January 7
New York University media professor Charlton McIlwain analyzes the journalistic slant present in news coverage of Michael Brown's death.

Last week, we took a look back at some of the top segments featured over the last year.

2014.12.29 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 29, 2014

This week on The Academic Minute, we'll be featuring some of our best segments from 2014.

Monday, December 29 - Most Likely to Change the World
Russell Johnson, Michigan State University - The Harmful Effects of Smartphones

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The Academic Minute for 12.22 - 12.26

Dec 26, 2014

Monday, December 22
Stephen Stearns - Yale University
Continuing Human Evolution

We’ve talked about some pretty important topics this year and as 2014 winds down we’d thought we’d take a couple of weeks and revisit some that really got your attention…and lit up our inbox.

We’ll start with a show from February. Four or five decades ago, a college education wasn't worth that much.  Sure, getting a degree opened a lot of doors and many parents encouraged their children to continue their education...but there were plenty of well paying jobs waiting for people with a high school diploma, or less. Today, that's not nearly the case.

2014.12.22 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 22, 2014

Monday, December 22
Stephen Stearns of Yale University offers a contemporary analysis of human evolution.

Tuesday, December 23
Brooke Macnamara of Case Western Reserve University explores the efficacy of practice.

Wednesday, December 24
SUNY ESF's Tim Volk profiles the renewable resource: biomass.

The Academic Minute for 12.15-12.19

Dec 19, 2014

Monday, December 15
Steven Barger - Northern Arizona University
Relationships & Depression

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43 years ago this month, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, effectively starting the so-called War on Cancer.

The law greatly increased the amount of money earmarked for cancer research and scientific study. So, how’s that war going?

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with the chief science officer of the American Cancer Society about the past, present future of cancer research.

We’ll also visit a high school in Niagara Falls that is devoting a lot of time and money into STEM education.

12.15.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 15, 2014

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Monday, December 15
Steven Barger of Northern Arizona University discusses the connection between personal relationships and depression.

Tuesday, December 16
Leah Levac of The University of Guelph details a community vitality index experiment.

Wednesday, December 17
The University of East London's Volker Thoma explains the psychology of facial recognition.

The Academic Minute for 12.8-12.12

Dec 12, 2014

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We’ve talked a lot about genetic testing on this program over the past year or so. The amount of data that can come from the human genome seems to be growing by the day.

And there are companies that are using that data to market genetic tests for home use. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a test called 23 and Me…and find out why the FDA has banned it from being used as a genetic health screen in the US.

2014.12.08 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 8, 2014

Monday, December 8
Steven Soifer of The University of Memphis discusses a common yet often undiagnosed affliction.

Tuesday, December 9
Jean M. Twenge of San Diego State University profiles the growth of our overall suspicion.

Wednesday, December 10
The University of Surrey's Radu Sporea explains the nature of technological nomenclature.   

The Academic Minute for 12.01-12.05

Dec 5, 2014

Monday, December 1
Alfred Crosby - UMass Amherst
New Adhesive Technology

Even with all the innovations and new teaching techniques schools have introduced in the last few decades, the actual school day has looked pretty much the same.  Students go to class, listen to a teacher and take notes, then are off to do homework or study for an exam.  But there is a trend starting to take hold in some schools that reverses that school day. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about schools that are flipping classes…and how it has succeeded where other innovations have failed.

2014.12.01 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 1, 2014

Coming up this week on The Academic Minute

Monday, December 1
Alfred Crosby of UMass Amherst profiles advances in adhesive technology

Tuesday, December 2
Brian Southwell of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discusses the disparity of information disseminated via social media.

Wednesday, December 3
SUNY New Paltz's Eve Waltermaurer investigates the intersection of health and crime.  

The Academic Minute for 11.24 -11.28

Nov 28, 2014

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2014.11.24 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Nov 24, 2014

Monday, November 24
James Hanna of Virginia Tech explains the physics of whirling dervish skirts. 

Tuesday, November 25
Allison Redlich of The University at Albany discusses the role of mental health courts.  

Wednesday, November 26
Winthrop University's Jason Silverman analyzes Abraham Lincoln's immigration policies.  

The Academic Minute for 11.17 - 11.21

Nov 21, 2014

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Ever drive down the road and pass one of those historical markers a lot of places erect and wonder what it's all about?

You can do that a lot...and if you stopped at all of them you'd never really get anywhere. Not to worry and, please excuse me for using this way overused line but...there's an app for that. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to the people behind Next Exit History, and learn how a stop for coffee on a road trip turned into nationwide historical database.

2014.11.17 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Nov 17, 2014

Coming up this week on The Academic Minute!

Monday, November 17
Jin Montclare of New York University is working to keep us healthy on a molecular level.  

Tuesday, November 18
Shikha Sharma of West Virginia University is fingerprinting isotopes.  

Wednesday, November 19
Kenneth Hugdahl of Norway's the University of Bergen profiles auditory hallucinations.  

The Academic Minute for 11.10-11.14

Nov 14, 2014

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2014.11.10 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Nov 10, 2014

Monday, November 10
Dr.  Mohamad Z. Koubeissi of The George Washington University is working to unravel the mystery of consciousness.  

Tuesday, November 11
Dr. Joe Rubin of The University of Saskatchewan warns us of the threat of microscopic pathogens.

Wednesday, November 12
Dr. Daniel Baker of The University of Colorado Boulder provides an interstellar weather report.  

The Academic Minute for 11.03-11.07

Nov 7, 2014

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Emory University

Emory University in Atlanta is one of the top private universities in the US, with over 14 thousand students and an endowment in the billions.

And in the past few weeks its had something else of national importance: Ebola patients. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to some people behind the scenes of treating, and curing, patients with Ebola at Emory.

We'll also hear why the CDC pushing even harder for your school age kids to be vaccinated, follow a family from a life in the fields to life on campus.