Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Dr. Bayani Cardenas, The University of Texas at Austin – Hot Springs

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Bayani Cardenas of the University of Texas at Austin reveals what’s going on beneath the surface of a hot spring.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Dr. Amy Guo, Newcastle University – Technology for Aging Drivers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amy Guo of Newcastle University explains the development of technology to address issues faced by aging drivers.

Amy Guo is a Researcher in Intelligent Mobility with the Transport Operations Research Group at Newcastle University. Guo’s research is focused on Intelligent Transport Systems, Intelligent Mobility, Travel Information and Age-related Driving Behavior.  Her current projects involve testing and evaluating the effectiveness of technologies in improving road safety and meeting the evolving mobility needs of aging populations.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Dr. Damian Cruse, University of Western Ontario – Coma Patients and Awareness

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Damian Cruse of the University of Western Ontario shares his research into the level of conscious awareness among coma patients.

Damian Cruse is a post-doctoral fellow at the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario. His research is focused on consciousness and the ways in which cognition changes at its varying levels.  His most recent project uses EEG to determine the awareness experienced by patients in a vegetative state. He holds a Ph.D. from Cardiff University.

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – The Usefulness of Fluorine

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut explains how fluorine can be used to create useful new pharmaceuticals.

Nicholas Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at the University of Connecticut, where he heads the New Synthetic Methods Group. Leadbeater and the NSMG research cleaner and more efficient methods for creating synthetic materials. Dr. Leadbeater holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a research fellow until 1999.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Dr. John Parmelee, University of North Florida – Twitter and Politics

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. John Parmelee of the University of North Florida reveals how Twitter is reshaping the relationship between politicians and their constituents.

John Parmelee is an associate professor of communication at the University of North Florida where his research interests include political communication and journalism in emerging democracies. His research has appeared in numerous journals and in 2012 he published the book Politics and the Twitter Revolution.  He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Dr. James Hanson, Seton Hall University – Shark Repellent

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Hanson of Seton Hall University explains efforts to reduce unwanted encounters between humans and sharks by developing an effective repellent.

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Dr. Jay Pasachoff, Williams College – Transit of Venus

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jay Pasachoff of Williams College explains the rare transit of Venus taking place on June 5th.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Dr. Art Markman, The University of Texas at Austin – Why We Like Round Numbers

For the 500th Academic Minute, Dr. Art Markman of the University of Texas at Austin explains why we think round numbers such a big deal.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Dr. Michael Bunce, Murdoch University – Animal DNA and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Bunce of Murdoch University explains his work using DNA testing to identify the non-declared contents of some traditional Chinese medicines.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Dr. David Wilkinson, Liverpool John Moores University – Dinosaurs and Methane

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University examines the role methane may have played in warming the Earth during the time of the dinosaurs.

David Wilkinson is a Reader in Environmental Science at Liverpool John Moores University.  He is a generalist with wide interests within biology, environmental science, archaeology and the history of science. He is currently engaged in theoretical work on ecology and evolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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