Academic Minute

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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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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