Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Dr. Darla Zelenitsky, University of Calgary – Feathered Dinosaurs

Credit Ryan Kid

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darla Zelenitsky of the University of Calgary reveals a find that is a first for North American paleontology.

Darla Zelenitsky is an assistant professor and the principal dinosaur researcher in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. Her research lab uses various approaches to reconstruct and examine changes in the biology and behaviors of extinct species. Her findings have be published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Dr. Colleen Seifert, University of Michigan – Dislodging Misinformation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Colleen Seifert of the University of Michigan explains why it’s sometimes hard to abandon an idea even when you know it to be false.

Colleen Seifert is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research examines cognitive modeling (computer models of human thought), knowledge representation, memory retrieval, and judgment and decision-making.

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Academic Minute
10:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Dr. Robin Macaluso, University of Northern Colorado – LED Lighting and Energy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Robin Macaluso of the University of Northern Colorado turns us on to the energy-saving benefits of LED lighting. 

Robin Macaluso is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Her research interests include the synthesis and characterization of magnetically interesting materials and X-ray and neutron diffraction. She holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

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Academic Minute
10:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Dr. Juliana Fernandes, University of Miami – Negative Political Ads

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Juliana Fernandes of the University of Miami explores the downside of negative political ads.

Juliana Fernandes is an assistant professor of strategic communication at the University of Miami where her research interests include the impact of affective advertising, international political communication, and social media and online communication. Her most recent work examines the effects of negative political advertising and message repetition on candidate evaluation. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
7:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Dr. Priscila Caçola, University of Texas at Arlington – Developmental Coordination Disorder

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Priscila Caçola of the University of Texas at Arlington explains a condition that causes balance and motor skill impairments in many children. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Dr. Francois Blanchette, University of California Merced – Warmth of the Penguins

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Francois Blanchette of the University of California Merced reveals the math behind the warmth of a penguin huddle.

Francois Blanchette is an associate professor of natural sciences at the University of California, Merced. He is an applied mathematician and primarily interested in problems involving fluid dynamics, but more recently, his work has involved describing the thermodynamics of penguin huddles. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Dr. Lars Hinrichs, The University of Texas at Austin – Disappearing Texasisms

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lars Hinrichs of the University of Texas at Austin reveals why many features of Texas-English are disappearing. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Prof. Randy Zwally, Messiah College – Banjo D-Tuners

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Randy Zwally of Messiah College explains the invention of hardware that allows the banjo to be played in and out of tune. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Dr. George Poinar, Oregon State University – Ancient Spider Attack

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. George Poinar of Oregon State University reveals what a piece of amber has to say about the behavior of a long-extinct spider.

George Poinar is an entomologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and a leading authority on amber. He is also the author of numerous books, including The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World, Life in Amber, and The Quest for Life in Amber. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Dr. Florin Dolcos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Psychology of the Handshake

The authors of the study shaking hands

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Florin Dolcos of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explains the importance of the handshake in making a good first impression.

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