Academic Minute

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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Dr. Thomas House, University of Warwick – Mathematics and Mapping Epidemics

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas House of the University at Warwick reveals how mathematical models are increasing our understanding of how epidemics move through a population.

Thomas House is a Career Acceleration Fellow in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick. His research interests include epidemiology, network theory, numerical probability, and public health. He is also involved in the development of open-source software for epidemic modeling.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Dr. Taya Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University – Guilt and Moral Character

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Taya Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University reveals why our moral nature may depend on our response to guilt.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Dr. Charles Mitchell, University at Buffalo – Simple Organism and Evolutionary Security

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Charles Mitchell of the University at Buffalo explores the evolutionary advantage of keeping things simple.


Charles Mitchell is the SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geology at the University at Buffalo. Broadly, his research seeks to understand the evolutionary processes that have formed the world in which we live and that have given shape to its history. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Dr. Anthony Jack, Case Western Reserve University – Empathy and Analytic Thought

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anthony Jack of Case Western Reserve University explains why it’s hard to be analytical and empathetic at the same time.

Anthony Jack is an assistant professor of cognitive science, philosophy, and psychology at Case Western Reserve University where he is the principal investigator in the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Lab.  The lab investigates high-level cognitive processes using brain imaging (fMRI), behavior and introspective reports. He holds a Ph.D. from University College London.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Dr. Kristen Hawkes, University of Utah – Grandmothering and the Human Lifespan

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kristen Hawkes of the University of Utah reveals how the grandmothering impulse has contributed to the length of the human lifespan. 

Kristen Hawkes is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah where her research is focused on human life history evolution. Her current approach is guided by the hypothesis that grandmothering is a fundamental shift in our genus underlying a suite of key features that distinguish humans from other great apes. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Dr. Sarah Stoddard, University of Michigan – Online Peer Pressure

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sarah Stoddard of the University of Michigan explains peer pressure’s long reach into the virtual world of social media.

Sarah Stoddard is a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include understanding the interaction between individual factors and social and environmental factors. Her findings have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Dr. William Connell, Seton Hall University – Niccolo Machiavelli

This week we're featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

William Connell of Seton Hall University captured the Listener Choice award with the discovery of a long-lost letter that explains the shifting political fortunes of Niccolo Machiavelli.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Dr. Chris Martine, SUNY Plattsburgh – How Plants Reproduce

This week we’re featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

Chris Martine from SUNY Plattsburgh took home the Best Smile honor for letting us in on the secret world of plant sex.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Dr. Sylvia Alajaji, Franklin and Marshall College – Female Rap in the Islamic World

This week we're featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

Sylvia Alajaji of Franklin and Marshall College earned The President’s Award for her explanation of how female rap artists are promoting women’s rights in the Muslim world.

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