Academic Minute

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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Dr. Larisa DeSantis, Vanderbilt University – Megafauna Diets and Extinction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Larisa DeSantis of Vanderbilt University reveals what North America’s largest predators were eating just before they died out.

Larisa DeSantis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on revealing the ecology and biology of ancient mammals, with a focus on assessing past responses to climate change.  She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Dr. Chris Wolff, SUNY Plattsburgh – Fear and Maritime Archaic Culture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chris Wolff of the State University of New York Plattsburgh reveals how fear of the unknown shaped culture during the peopling of North America.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Dr. Chris Kirk, The University of Texas at Austin – The Nocturnal Mammalian Eye

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chris Kirk of the University of Texas at Austin reveal s what the eyes of early mammals have to say about their nocturnal lifestyle.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Dr. Corey Brettschneider, Brown University – Hate Speech and Free Speech

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Corey Brettschneider of Brown University explores American society’s ongoing struggle to minimize hate speech while preserving the First Amendment.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Dr. Haslyn Hunte, Purdue University – Discrimination and Substance Abuse

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Haslyn Hunte of Purdue University reveals the connection between the perception of unfair treatment and substance abuse.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Dr. Paul Macey, UCLA – Women and Sleep Apnea

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Paul Macey of the UCLA School of Nursing explains why the symptoms of sleep apnea can be worse for women than for men.

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Academic Minute
8:58 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Dr. Cathy Lucas, University of Southampton – The Cycle of Jellyfish Blooms

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Cathy Lucas of the University of Southampton explores the cyclical nature of jellyfish blooms. 

Cathy Lucas is Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton where her research encompasses a broad range of coastal and estuarine processes. Her current research projects are focused on the magnitude, causes, and consequences of jellyfish blooms around the globe. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton.

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Academic Minute
10:26 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Dr. Nina Jablonski, Penn State University – Evolution and Skin Color

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nina Jablonski of Penn State University explains how evolution has created such broad spectrum of human skin color. 

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Academic Minute
8:58 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Dr. Andrew Lim, University of Toronto – Night Owls and Morning People

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Lim of the University of Toronto explains the genetics behind the human sleep cycle.

Andrew Lim is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. His research is focused on using statistical, genetic, neuropathological, and epidemiological approaches to understand the genes and neural circuits that regulate biological clocks and sleep. He holds an M.D. from the University of Toronto.

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