Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Dr. Matt Lapierre, UNC Wilmington - Marketing to Kids

There's a wide array of kid's products and videos claiming to be educational.

Matt Lapierre, assistant professor of communications at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, examines the effectiveness of marketing in spite of the lack of observable results.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Dr. Keith Humphreys, Stanford University - Alternative Tobacco Products

Alternative tobacco products are on the rise.

Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University,  discusses a form of smokeless tobacco that is catching on overseas.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Dr. Dennis O'Rourke, University of Utah - Life on the Bering Land Bridge

The Bering Strait is usually thought of as the migratory path whereby many of our ancestors found their way to America.

Dennis O'Rourke, professor of anthropology at the University of Utah, is hunting for clues that might indicate a people indigenous to this area.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates

One segment of the population commits suicide more than any other: Hispanics teens.

Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, shares some numbers and dissects the factors contributing to this troubling trend.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Dr. Julia Boehm, Chapman University - Happiness and Health

Does being happy make you healthier? Is, perhaps, the inverse also true?

Dr. Julia Boehm, assistant professor in psychology at Chapman University, is studying the correlation between mind and body.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Dr. Jeremy Mould, Swinburne University of Technology - Gravity's Constant

Have the natural laws that govern the cosmos ever changed?

Dr. Jeremy Mould, professor of astrophysics and supercomputers at the Swinburne University of Technology, observes that gravity has remained unchanged for billions of years.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1237

It's no secret that some of the greatest writers the world has known have also been some of the biggest drinkers. But is there a connection between the remarkable creativity of an Earnest Hemingway or John Cheever and the contents of their favorite bottle?

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll from author Olivia Laing who tackles that question in her latest book.

We'll also spend an academic minute trying to find out why some things just make you laugh.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Dr. Megan Papesh, Louisiana State University - Flaws of Facial Recognition Tech

Facial recognition technology is still in its infancy.

Dr. Megan Papesh, assistant professor of psychology at Louisiana State University, is demonstrating weakness in a system many people may assume is completely secure. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Dr. Norah Feeny, Case Western Reserve University - PTSD Resilience

Exposure to trauma doesn't necessarily dictate PTSD for the victim.

Dr. Norah Feeny, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, is studying post-traumatic stress disorder to expand on our understanding of the affliction and potentially debunk some related myths.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Dr. Peter McGraw, University of Colorado - A Science of Humor

Can we accurate codify why things make us laugh?

Dr. Peter McGraw of the University of Colorado Boulder draws on his work with Caleb Warren and The Humor Research Lab (HuRL) to answer the question, “What makes things humorous?”

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