Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Dr. Richard Walker, University of Maryland – Earth and the Formation of the Moon

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Walker of the University of Maryland reveals what we know about how the Earth weathered the period of heavy bombardment.

Richard Walker is a professor of geology at the University of Maryland where he serves as Director of the Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory. His research interests include the geochemical evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle and the origin of early solar system materials. He holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Dr. David Green, Midwestern University – How Australopithecus Lived

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Green of Midwestern University explains what a recent find reveals about how Australopithecus lived. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Dr. Thomas Reichler, University of Utah – Stratospheric Winds and Ocean Currents

Dr. Thomas Reichler, University of Utah – Stratospheric Winds and Ocean Currents

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Reichler of the University of Utah explains the connection between winds in the upper atmosphere and deep ocean currents.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Dr. Jose Antonio Mazzotti, Tuft University – Indigenous Writers and the Spanish Conquest

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jose Antonio Mazzotti of Tufts University reveals how the indigenous population of Peru responded to the Spanish conquest of the Andes.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Dr. Peter McGraw, University of Colorado Boulder – Humor and Tragedy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Peter McGraw of the University of Colorado Boulder explores what makes jokes about tragic events too soon. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Dr. Kevin Shakesheff, University of Nottingham – Observing Embryonic Development

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kevin Shakesheff of the University of Nottingham explains an innovation that allows better observations of embryonic development in the lab. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Dr. Emile van der Zee, University of Lincoln – How Dogs Think

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Emile van der Zee of the University of Lincoln reveals how dogs attach names to objects.

Emile van der Zee is Principal Lecturer and Director of Post-Graduate Studies in the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. His current line of research involves examining the nature of word comprehension in dogs. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Dr. Stefano Allesina, University of Chicago – Ecological Stability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stefano Allesina of University of Chicago explores the link between an ecosystem’s diversity and its stability.

Stefano Allesina is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.  His research is focused on the application of network theory to biology, with a specific focus on food webs, the networks describing who eats whom in an ecosystem. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Parma, Italy.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Dr. Marek Urban, University of Southern Mississippi – Self-Healing Materials

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Marek Urban of the University of Southern Mississippi explains the creation of a material with the ability to heal itself.

Marek Urban recently joined the faculty of Clemson University as the Sirrine Endowed Chair in Advanced Fiber Based Materials. His research group remains focused on the development of new generations of stimuli-responsive polymeric materials that exhibit self-repairing attributes.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Dr. Craig Stanford, University of Southern California – The Human Threat to Great Apes

Dr. Craig Stanford, University of Southern California – The Human Threat to Great Apes

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Craig Stanford of the University of Southern California explores the variety of threats the world’s great apes face from modern humans.

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