Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Dr. Gene Robinson, University of Illinois – Bees and Individual Personality

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reveals why not all honey bees are mindless drones without individual personality traits.

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Academic Minute
2:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Dr. Daniel Kissling, Aarhus University – Palm Trees and Climate History

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Kissling or Aarhus University explains what the number and type of palm species in tropical forests reveal about the climate of the deep past.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Dr. Susan Trollinger, University of Dayton – Amish Tourism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Trollinger of the University of Dayton examines the growth of tourism in Amish Country and why many of us are fascinated by their way of life.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Dr. Carey Rappaport, Northeastern University – Full-Body Scanners and Privacy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carey Rappaport of Northeastern University explains the development of a new generation of body scanners that will provide an increase in security and privacy for airline passengers.

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Academic Minute
2:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Dr. Andrew Colman, University of Leicester – Natural Selection and Cooperation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Colman of the University of Leicester explains why natural selection seems to favor cooperation among individuals.

Andrew Colman is a professor of psychology at the University of Leicester where his research interests include game theory, cooperative reasoning, and the evolution of cooperation. Colman’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and in 2009 he published A Dictionary of Psychology. He holds a Ph.D. from Rhodes University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Dr. David Luther, George Mason University – City Noise and Bird Songs

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Luther of George Mason University explains how urban-dwelling birds have responded to an increase in man-made noise.

David Luther is an assistant professor of biology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His research interests include animal behavior, ecology, and conservation biology. His current project is focused on the ecology and evolution of acoustic communication in birds as well as the ecology, evolution, and conservation of terrestrial vertebrates that are endemic to mangrove forests.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Dr. Daniel Krupp, Queen’s University – Life Expectancy and Life Decisions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Krupp of Queen’s University reveals how our unconscious beliefs about life expectancy can influence major life decisions.

Daniel Krupp is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where his research examines the functional and mechanistic design of social behavior. His primary research program is concerned with cooperation and conflict, and a secondary program is focused on reproductive decision-making.  He holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Marlett, The College of Saint Rose – Competition and American Catholicism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeffrey Marlett of the College of Saint Rose examines how ethnic Catholics have embraced the American spirit of competition.

Jeffrey Marlett is an associate professor of religious studies at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.  He teaches a wide variety of religious studies and philosophy courses, covering topics such as ethics, mysticism, world religions, Biblical studies, and the history of Christianity. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Dr. Jennifer Clack, University of Cambridge – Early Tetrapod Development

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jennifer Clack of the University of Cambridge reveals how recent discoveries are providing paleontologists with a better understanding of the development of early tetrapods.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Dr. Daniel Abrams, Northwestern University – Cooperation, Competition, and Lefties

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Abrams of Northwestern University explains why the level of left handedness is a constant across most societies.

Dr. Daniel Abrams is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University where his research interests include nonlinear dynamics, mathematical geoscience, physics of social systems, and pattern formation. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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