Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Dr. Anna Balazs, University of Pittsburgh – Synthetic Robot Skin

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anna Balazs of the University of Pittsburgh explains how a synthetic material could provide robots with a sense of touch.

Dr. Anna Balazs is a distinguished professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests center on theoretical and computational modeling of the thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of polymer blends and composites. She holds a Ph.D. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Dr. Michael Wasserman, McGill University – Soy Diets and Primate Evolution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Wasserman of McGill University describes his research project examining the role of soy in primate diets.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Dr. Lauren Ellman, Temple University – Prenatal Flu and Schizophrenia

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lauren Ellman of Temple University examines the connection between a prenatal bout with the flu and an increased rate of schizophrenia.

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Academic Minute
2:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Dr. Michael Paul, Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Dating the Solar System

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Paul of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explains how a recently refined measurement has provided a better picture of the early solar system.

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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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