In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kiisa Nishikawa of Northern Arizona University explains how advanced materials are leading to an increase in the mobility and stability of prosthetic limbs.
Kiisa Nishikawa is a Regents’ Professor of biology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Through her lab, she has overseen projects investigating the elastic properties of muscles and the neuromechanics of how frogs capture prey. Her work has been widely published and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Lynchard of SUNY Ulster reveals why the elderly are better at recalling positive information.
Nicholas Lynchard is an assistant professor of psychology at the State University of New York – Ulster where he teaches courses in psychology, memory and learning, and lifespan development. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Quincy Gibson of the University of North Florida reveals the connection between manmade noises and aggressive behavior in dolphins.
Quincy Gibson is a research scientist at the University of North Florida where her primary research interests are behavioral development, maternal care strategies, individual variation, and social complexity of marine mammals. She is currently conducting boat-based photo-identification and behavioral surveys of bottlenose dolphins in the Jacksonville area. She holds a Ph. D. from Georgetown University.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.