Academic Minute

Academic Minute
8:17 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Dr. Darby Proctor, Emory University – Fairness in Chimpanzees

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darby Proctor of Emory University shares research indicating a innate sense of fairness in chimpanzees.


Darby Proctor is a postdoctoral fellow at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University where her research examines the decision-making processes of nonhuman primates under circumstances of risk. She is currently working on a series of gambling style tasks to elucidate risk preferences in chimpanzees. She holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

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Academic Minute
8:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, University of Southern California – The Brain and Distasteful People

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of the University of Southern California explains how the brain behaves differently while observing someone we dislike.

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Academic Minute
9:13 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Dr. Sam Sommers, Tufts University – Context and Moral Behavior

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sam Sommers of Tufts University demonstrates how our behavior is often influenced by the context of our daily lives.

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Academic Minute
9:06 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Dr. Robert Schwartz, Mount Holyoke College – Hugo, History, and Les Misérables

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Robert Schwartz of Mount Holyoke College explores the historical events that inspired Victor Hugo to pen Les Misérables.


Robert Schwartz is the E. Nevius Rodman Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College where he teaches courses on the history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century France. His current research studies rural communities and politics in Burgundy during the century following the French Revolution. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Academic Minute
9:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Dr. David Burley, Simon Fraser University – Dating Polynesian Settlement

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Burley of Simon Fraser University explains how radiometric dating techniques are improving our understanding of exactly when the settlement of Polynesia began.

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Academic Minute
9:38 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Dr. Richard Palmer, University of Alberta – Barnacle Reproduction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Palmer of the University of Alberta reveals a surprising find about how some barnacles reproduce.

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Academic Minute
9:58 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Dr. Jason Keller, Chapman University – Bogs and the Carbon Cycle

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Keller of Chapman University explains how organisms alter one of life’s most fundamental processes in oxygen-poor environments.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Dr. Ben Horton, University of Pennsylvania – Historic Sea Level Change

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ben Horton of the University of Pennsylvania reveals what we know about sea level change over the past two millennia.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Dr. Mike Wheatland, University of Sydney – Physics of a Falling Slinky

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Mike Wheatland of the University of Sydney explains the gravity-defying physics of a falling Slinky.

Mike Wheatland is an associate professor of physics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-terrestrial relations, and Bayesian probability. He has also worked on a project to model the physics of a falling slinky.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Dr. Howard Lasker, University at Buffalo – Coral Damage and Growth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Howard Lasker of the University at Buffalo explores how coral reefs respond to natural and man-made damage.


Howard Lasker is a professor of evolutionary biology and ecology at the University at Buffalo. His current research project seeks to identify parameters for identifying coral populations that should be highly protected as well as those for which managed harvesting is ecologically sound. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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