Academic Minute

Academic Minute
10:26 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Dr. Jeremy Green, King's College London – Alan Turing and Morphogen Theory

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeremy Green of King's College London explains how Alan Turing’s mathematical genius continues to guide scientists more than fifty years after his death.

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Academic Minute
11:21 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Dr. Jason Briner, University at Buffalo – Glaciers and Temperature Change

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Briner reveals evidence that glaciers respond to temperature changes more rapidly than previously thought.

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Academic Minute
11:20 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Dr. Rone Shavers, College of Saint Rose – Afro-Futurism in Literature

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Rone Shavers of the College of Saint Rose explains the literary movement known as Afro-Futurism.

Rone Shavers is an assistant professor of English at the College of Saint Rose. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and arts residencies, and has published creative works in such diverse venues as Another Chicago Magazine, www.identitytheory.com, Nth Word, and Pank magazine.

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Academic Minute
11:18 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Dr. Margaret Groarke, Manhattan College – Youth Voting Patterns

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Margaret Groarke of Manhattan College examines the trend of high voter turnout among youthful voters.

Margaret Groarke is an associate professor of government at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.  Her research is focused on voter suppression activities, specifically the use of fraud claims and list purging to disenfranchise voters. She holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York.

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Margaret Groarke – Youth Voting Patterns

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Academic Minute
11:14 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Dr. Daniel Lidar, University of Southern California – Diamonds and Quantum Computing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Lidar of the University of Southern California explains why diamonds may be the key to quantum computing.

Daniel Lidar is a professor of chemistry and electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. His research is focused on various aspects of quantum information theory, including quantum algorithms, the theory of open quantum systems, quantum phase transitions and entanglement. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Dr. Sora Kim, University of Wyoming – Great White Shark Diet

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sora Kim of the University of Wyoming reveals how scientists are using advanced technology to understand the diet of the elusive white shark.


Sora Kim is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming where her research interest include paleoecology, marine ecology, and isotope biogeochemistry. Her current project seeks to better understand the diet and habitat preferences of early whales. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Dr. Zachary Blount, Michigan State University – Evolving Bacteria

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Zachary Blount of Michigan State University explains how scientists have observed bacteria evolve new capabilities over thousands of generations.


Zachary Blount is a postdoctoral researcher in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action at Michigan State University. Blount is a research associate in the Lenski lab, where evolutionary biologists have observed and recorded changes in E. coli bacteria over more than 50,000 generations.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Dr. Michael Sayette, University of Pittsburgh – Psychology of Social Drinking

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Sayette of the University of Pittsburgh explains how alcohol influences social interactions between strangers.


Michael Sayette is a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh where his research interests include the psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse, cigarette smoking, drug craving, and social processes in addiction, alcohol and stress. His findings have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Dr. Thomas Emerson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Ritual at Cahokia

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Emerson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explains a microscopic discovery that reveals big things about culture and ritual at one of North America’s largest pre-Columbian settlements.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Dr. Walter Piper, Chapman University – Loons and Deadly Combat

In today’s Academic Minute, Walter Piper of Chapman University explains why territorial disputes among loons can become a battle to the death.

Walter Piper is a professor of biology at Chapman University in Orange, California. He has studied the territoriality of Common Loons since 1993 in Oneida County, Wisconsin. His Loon Project seeks to understand how young animals acquire a breeding territory and how older, established breeders hold onto their territories for as long as possible. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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