Academic Minute

Academic Minute
9:39 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Dr. T. Florian Jaeger, University of Rochester – The Brain and Universal Grammar

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. T. Florian Jaeger reveals how language is universally shaped by the inner workings of the human brain. 

T. Florian Jaeger is the Wilmot Assistant Professor of the Sciences at the University of Rochester. His research examines how production and comprehension complexity can influence a speaker’s choice in language variation. His findings have been widely published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Dr. Laura Mickes, University of Warwick – Social Media and Memory

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Laura Mickes of the University of Warwick explores why it’s often easy to remember a friend’s Facebook status but hard to remember a profound literary quote. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Dr. Kristin Bluemel, Monmouth University – Female Wood Engravers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kristin Bluemel of Monmouth University explains the appeal of early twentieth-century books illustrated by female engravers. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Dr. William Wright, Chapman University – Territorial Limpets

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Wright of Chapman University explains how limpets battle it out for the best section of the tide pool. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Dr. Samuel Sober, Emory University – How Birds Learn to Sing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Samuel Sober of Emory University reveals how birds listen to themselves to get their songs right every time.


Sam Sober is an assistant professor of biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His current research on singing behavior in finches investigates the relationship between neural activity, muscular activation, and task performance by using a range of techniques to describe how neural circuits drive vocal output. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Dr. Angel Yanagihara, University of Hawaii – Venom of the Box Jelly

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the University of Hawaii reveals what makes the venom of the box jelly so deadly.

Angel Yanagihara is Director of the Pacific Cnidaria Research Lab and an assistant researcher with the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii. Her lab’s current objective is the systematic biochemical and pathophysiological characterization of novel toxins and bioactive compounds from venomous marine invertebrates.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Dr. Suzanne Wagner, Michigan State University – Non-Standard Speech and Higher Education

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Suzanne Wagner of Michigan State University explores the connection between the use of non-standard English and choices about higher education.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard, McGill University – Mapping Biodiversity

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jean-Philippe Lessard of McGill University explains how modern techniques are being used to refine an iconic map of the world’s biodiversity.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Dr. Jan Amend, University of Southern California – Seafloor Microbes

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jan Amend of the University of Southern California explains efforts to understand microbes that live deep below the surface of the earth.


Jan Amend is a professor of earth sciences and biological sciences at the University of Southern California. His lab carries out research in microbial geochemistry with particular interests in shallow-sea hydrothermal systems and the deep subsurface biosphere.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Dr. Ed Baptist, Cornell University – Cotton and the American Economy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ed Baptist of Cornell University explores the cultural and economic importance of cotton in antebellum America.

Ed Baptist as an associate professor of history at Cornell University where his teaching and research interests are focused on the nineteenth-century United States, and particularly, the history of slavery in the South. His work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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