Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Dr. Katie Field, University of Sheffield – Survival Strategy of Early Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Katie Field of the University of Sheffield explains how the earliest plants survived on an Earth that didn’t yet have soil.

Katie Field is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her current research project is focused on the functional and evolutionary significance of symbiotic fungal associations in early land plants. She holds a Ph. D. from the University of Sheffield.

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Academic Minute
5:04 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The Second Annual Academic Minute Senior Superlatives

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Mount Holyoke College and Newman's Own Foundation recently celebrated the second anniversary of The Academic Minute, the daily segment that has become a higher education staple by bringing the latest research from campuses around the world to listeners across the United States, Canada, and online at www.academicminute.org.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Dr. David Zald, Vanderbilt University – Brain Chemistry and Work Ethic

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Zald of Vanderbilt University reveals why some people are more willing to go the extra mile for a potential reward.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Dr. Dean Buonomano, University of California Los Angeles – Shortcomings of the Brain

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dean Buonomano of the University of California Los Angeles explains why our brains are often biologically unequipped to accurately perceive the modern world.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Dr. Prabhjot Singh, Columbia University – Community Healthcare Workers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Prabhjot Singh of Columbia University’s Earth Institute examines how practices introduced in the developing world could improve the efficiency of the healthcare system in the developed world.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Dr. Brad Bushman, Ohio State University – Video Games and Shooting Skill

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brad Bushman of Ohio State University reveals the connection between first person shooter video games and real-world marksmanship.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Dr. Joe MacGregor, The University of Texas at Austin – Fracturing of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joe MacGregor of the University of Texas at Austin explains the mechanics of the fracturing currently plaguing the ice sheet of Antarctica.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Dr. Carl Rubino, Hamilton College – Star Wars and Mythology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carl Rubino of Hamilton College explains why the Star Wars series is attracting a whole new generation of fans.

Carl Rubino is the Winslow Professor of Classics at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where his teaching and research interests include ancient Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature and literary theory.  In 2011 he published the article, Long Ago, But Not So Far Away: Another Look at Star Wars and the Ancient World. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Dr. Susan Levine, University of Chicago – Puzzles and Cognitive Development

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Levine of the University of Chicago reveals the long-term advantages of playing with puzzles at an early age.

Susan Levine is a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago where she also serves as chair of the developmental psychology program. Her research lab examines how variations in home and school input affect the cognitive development of children, including language, spatial and mathematical skills. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, McGill University – Depression and Education Level

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée of McGill University reveals the multigenerational advantages of a college degree.

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée is an associate professor at McGill University where she has a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. Her research examines how social policies influence the development of social inequalities in health. Her work has been featured in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from Duke University.

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