Academic Minute

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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago – Naked Mole Rats

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

Thomas Park of the University of Illinois at Chicago received the Most Likely to Take Over the World award for this explanation of why the naked mole rat can survive conditions that would be lethal to most of us.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Dr. Daniel Abrams, Northwestern University – Cooperation, Competition, and Lefties

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.
 
Daniel Abrams of Northwestern University won the Most Likely to Blow Your Mind award for his research into how competition and cooperation determine the number of lefties within a society.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Dr. Connie Shemo, SUNY Plattsburgh – Female Missionary Physicians

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Connie Shemo of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, explains the connection between the women’s foreign mission movement of the early twentieth century and two pioneering female doctors.

Connie Shemo is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. Her teaching and research interests include U.S. women's history, Chinese history, and the history of medicine. She holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton.

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Academic Minute
3:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Dr. Timothy Lyons, University of California, Riverside – Ocean Oxygen

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Timothy Lyons of the University of California Riverside explains the complex history of the Earth’s oxygen-rich oceans.


Timothy Lyons is a professor of biogeochemistry at the University of California, Riverside, where his current research explores the evolving ocean and atmosphere and their cause-and-effect relationships with the origin and evolution of life. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Academic Minute
9:15 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Dr. Ian Kaplan, Purdue University – Predation Risk and Digestion

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ian Kaplan of Purdue University explores the complex ecological and biological relationship between predators and their prey.

Ian Kaplan is an assistant professor of entomology at Purdue University where his lab seeks to apply theoretical principles from population and community ecology toward the sustainable management of crop pests. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Maryland.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Dr. Carlos Badenes, University of Pittsburgh – The Kepler Supernova

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carlos Badenes of the University of Pittsburgh examines the origin of one of the scientific revolution’s most important astronomical events.

Carlos Badenes is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh where his research is focused on stellar evolution and the origins of Type Ia supernovae. He is currently leading an effort to develop data mining techniques to examine the role of binary systems as possible progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Dr. Michelle Miller, Northern Arizona University – How We Remember

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michelle Miller of Northern Arizona University explains why some types of information are more easily remembered than others.


Michelle Miller is a professor of psychology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her research is generally focused on language and memory, and more specifically, how normal aging affects the ability to produce and comprehend language. Her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Academic Minute
3:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Dr. Elisabeth Blagrove, University of Warwick – The Shape of Evil Faces

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elisabeth Blagrove of the University of Warwick reveals why shapes can influence how we perceive faces.

Elisabeth Blagrove is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Warwick where her teaching and research interests include selective attention, processing of emotional faces, and social attention. Her work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Dr. Stephanie Pfirman, Columbia University – An Iceless Arctic

Credit Bruce Gilbert

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia University explains the importance of the geographic area destined to be the last refuge for year-round Arctic sea ice.

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