Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Dr. Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Ancient Synagogue Unearthed

James Haberman

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discusses an ongoing archaeological dig in Israel that recently unearthed an ancient mosaic floor.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Dr. Darryl de Ruiter, Texas A&M University – Australopithecine Diet

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darryl de Ruiter of Texas A&M University reveals what we can lean about the diet of Australopithecus through a chemical analysis of their fossilized teeth.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Dr. Justin Halberda, Johns Hopkins University – Numbers Sense and Age

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Justin Halberda of Johns Hopkins University examines how our ability to work with numbers changes over time.

Justin Halberda is an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University where his research is focused on language acquisition and the organization of attention. He directs two laboratories that frequently work together, the Laboratory for Child Development and the Vision and Cognition Lab. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from New York University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Dr. James Hanson, Seton Hall University – Sea Lamprey and the Great Lakes

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Hanson of Seton Hall University reveals how chemistry is being used to combat populations of invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.

James Hanson is a professor of chemistry at Seton Hall University where his research interests include organic chemistry and polymer/materials science. His research group is focused on creating materials for marine applications, including repellents for sharks and dolphins, sea lamprey control agents, and anti-fouling agents. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology.

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Prof. Sid McGuirk, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Air Traffic Control

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Sid McGuirk of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University explains how the air traffic control system is able to track and maintain the safety of thousands of daily flights.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Dr. Richard Aronson, Florida Institute of Technology – El Niño and Coral Growth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Aronson of the Florida Institute of Technology reveals the connection between coral growth and El Niño.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Dr. David Kisailus, University of California Riverside – Mantis Shrimp

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Kisailus of the University of California Riverside explains how understanding the structure of a powerful little shrimp could lead to materials that are both stronger and lighter.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Dr. Larisa DeSantis, Vanderbilt University – Mammal Survival and Deep Time

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Larisa DeSantis of Vanderbilt University explains the evolutionary strategy that allowed mammals to survive multiple shifts in the Earth’s climate.

Larisa DeSantis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on revealing the ecology and biology of ancient mammals, with a focus on assessing past responses to climate change.  She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Dr. Richard Lankau, University of Georgia – Native and Invasive Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Lankau of the University of Georgia reveals how some native plants are responding to an ecological shift caused by invasive species.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Dr. Richard Brutchey, University of Southern California – Paint-On Solar Cell

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Brutchey of the University of Southern California explains a breakthrough that will allow any surface to become a solar cell.

Richard Brutchey is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Southern California where his research interests include nanotechnology and synthetic inorganic chemistry. His research group is working to find novel ways to synthesize functional nanocrystals. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley.

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