Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Dr. Radu Sporea, University of Surrey - Sci-Fi Technology

The amazing technology we see in science-fiction is fast becoming reality.

Radu Sporea, academic research fellow at the University of Surrey, is helping to bring some of these future-thinking inventions to life.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Dr. Ajay Nahata, University of Utah - High Speed Data Transfer

A University of Utah scientist is making engineering breakthroughs in the field of plasmonics using ink-jet printers.

Dr. Ajay Nahata, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Utah, is developing new technology using parts borrowed from some somewhat old technology!

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Dr. Lawrence Sherman, University of Cambridge - Domestic Violence and Arrests

Are strict police codes having unintended effects?

Dr. Lawrence Sherman, professor of criminology at the University of Cambridge, examines the nature of certain law enforcement practices.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Dr. Lee Newman, SUNY ESF - Using Plants to Address Environmental Issues

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is having significant consequences on our environment.

Dr. Lee Newman, associate professor at the State University of New York's College of Environment Science and Forestry, discusses phytoremediation as a potential clean-up method. 

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1232

Usually when we talk about class on this program, it’s one of those things they have in school.  Today, not so much.  Social status , or class isn’t something we really talk about much in the US. OK during election season we hear the term middle class thrown around like crazy, but other than that it’s almost a taboo topic.  But ignoring the issue doesn’t change the issue…class matters. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of a new book about class in the US…and a new study which focused on the class divisions in the activist community.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Dr. Marco Bisoffi, Chapman Univeristy - Thinking Outside the Tumor

Studying the area surrounding a cancerous tumor may provide new medical insights.

Dr. Marco Bisoffi, associate professor of biological sciences at Chapman University, is studying field cancerization to help treat the deadly disease.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Dr. D.J. Pisano, West Virginia University - Galaxy Gas and Star Production

Where do galaxies get their gas?

D.J. Pisano, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University, is studying chemical elements present in space to unlock mysteries of the universe.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Dr. Anne Murphy, Georgia State University - Infant and Adult Pain Response

Does the pain felt by an infant affect them later in life?

Anne Murphy, associate professor of neuroscience at George State University, is observing the relationship between pain felt as an infant and the related long-term effects.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut - Scarcity of Helium

You may be surprised to learn of the widespread uses of helium.

Nicholas Leadbeater, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut, details the wide application of this chemical element and explains why its days of filling party balloons may be coming to an end.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Dr. Susan Thomson, Colgate University - Rwanda since the 1994 Genocide

It has been 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda.

Susan Thomson, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University, examines life in the African nation since those tragic days.

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