Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Dr. Claire Fraser, University of Maryland – Microbes and Human Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Claire Fraser of the University of Maryland explains the growing understanding of how microbes influence overall human health.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Dr. Erica van de Waal, University of St. Andrews – Social Learning in Primates

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Erica van de Waal of the University of St. Andrews reveals the important role mothers play in learning among groups of vervet monkeys. 

Erica van de Waal is a research fellow in the school of psychology and neuroscience at the University of St. Andrews. She conducts field research focused on examining learning among groups of wild vervet monkeys. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Dr. Erica van de Waal – Social Learning in Primates

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Dr. Erica Chenoweth, University of Denver – Success of Non-Violent Revolution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver examines the success rates of both violent and non-violent resistance movements.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Dr. Thomas Morrissey, SUNY Plattsburgh – Young-Adult Dystopian Fiction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Morrissey of the State University of New York Plattsburgh explains the growing popularity of the young-adult dystopian novel.


Thomas Morrissey is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the English Department at the State University of New York Plattsburgh. His teaching and research interests include science fiction and Irish literature. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Dr. Ephraim Fischbach, Purdue University – Predicting Solar Flares

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ephraim Fischbach of Purdue University reveals how solar flares may soon be predicted through measuring variability in nuclear decay rates.

Ephraim Fischbach is a professor of physics at Purdue University where his current research project is investigating variability in nuclear decay rates, once believed to be a constant, and how the process is influenced by cycles of solar activity. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Dr. Amy Smith, University of the Pacific – The Appeal of Jane Austen’s Characters

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amy Smith of the University of the Pacific probes the international appeal of the characters that populate the work of Jane Austen.

Amy Smith is an associate professor of English at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In addition to a course in technical communication, she also teaches a popular course on Jane Austen.

About Dr. Smith

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Dr. Tony Gamble, University of Minnesota – Evolution of Gecko Feet

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tony Gamble of the University of Minnesota explains the mechanics of gecko feet and traces the evolutionary origins of the little lizard’s extraordinary climbing ability.

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Academic Minute
2:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Dr. George Nash, University of Bristol – Oldest UK Cave Art Discovered

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. George Nash of the University of Bristol recounts his discovery of what could be the United Kingdom’s oldest example of cave art.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Dr. Amy Sliva, Northeastern University – Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amy Sliva of Northeastern University explains how advances in computing power are allowing for an artificially intelligent approach to cyber security.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Dr. Terry Gates, Ohio University – Geographic Isolation and North American Dinosaurs

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Terry Gates of Ohio University reveals how shifting geographic features contributed to the creation of two distinct groups of North American dinosaurs.

Terry Gates is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Research Scientist in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

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