In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Meylan of Eckerd College reveals the long migrations that mark the life cycle of the sea turtle.
Peter Meylan is a professor of biology and marine science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. His research interests include the evolutionary history, ecology, and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles, especially turtles. He has overseen various projects designed to study and track sea turtles in the Caribbean and Atlantic. He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Florida.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jose Lopez of Seton Hall University explains the various uses for the little-known fourth state of matter, plasma.
Jose Lopez is an assistant professor of physics at Seton Hall University where he has conducted extensive research in the field of plasma physics. His primary focus is in the subfield of microplasmas, where he is recognized as an international expert. He holds a Ph.D. from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Earle McBride discovered shrapnel and other microscopic relics from the D-Day invasion more than four decades later on Omaha Beach.
Credit Marc Airhart/U. of Texas at Austin
Omaha Beach sand seen through a binocular microscope. Pastel grains are carbonate rock fragments, carbonate skeletal grains, and iron-oxide coated quartz grains. Rust coated shrapnel grains are visible in the center. (Mean grain size = 0.2 mm.)
Credit Earle McBride/U. of Texas at Austin
Scanning electron microscope image of shrapnel grains and an iron bead, remnants of the D-Day invasion.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Earle McBride of the University of Texas at Austin explains the discovery of microscopic artifacts on one of history’s most famous beaches.
Earle McBride is Professor Emeritus and the J. Nalle Gregory Chair Emeritus in Sedimentary Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is focused on the physical and chemical processes that alter sand over time. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins University.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ben Ellis of Washington State University reveals research indicating that the Yellowstone super volcano may have erupted more frequently than previously thought.
Ben Ellis is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of the Environment at Washington State University where his research interests include constraining the volume and frequency of explosive eruptions from silicic volcanoes. He holds a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Leicester.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Maurizio Porfiri of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University reveals how robotic fish can be used to influence the movement of schools of fish.
Maurizio Porfiri is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University where his research interests include dynamical systems theory, the mechanics of advanced materials, and smart materials and structures. He holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jack Tuszynski of the University of Alberta explores the physical process that allows the brain to store and retrieve memories.
Jack Tuszynski is Allard Chair and Professor of Experimental Oncology at the University of Alberta where his research interests are strongly linked to the protein tubulin and the microtubules assembled from it. He holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Calgary.