In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Patricia Anderson of Dartmouth College reveals how efforts to improve academic performance have contributed to the obesity epidemic.
Patty Anderson is a professor of economics at Dartmouth College where her most recent research is focused on the economic factors behind the growing obesity problem in the United States. She is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. She earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ilaria Pascucci of the University of Arizona explains the rules that govern the messy process of solar system formation.
Ilaria Pascucci is an assistant professor of planetary sciences at the University of Arizona where her current research is focused on various aspects of solar system formation. More specifically, she is examining the dispersal of pre-planetary material around young stars. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the Max Plank Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany.
In today’s Academic Minute, Cynthia Ebinger of the University of Rochester explains the connection between earthquakes, volcanism, and the changing thickness of the Earth’s tectonic plates.
Cynthia Ebinger is a Professor of Geophysics at the University of Rochester where her research is focused on active and ancient plate boundary processes, with a primary interest in the process of continental rifting leading to rupture and the formation of new oceanic lithosphere. She is currently studying rift systems in Ethiopia, Tanzania, the Gulf of Aden, and southern Australia.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Sarantakes of the U.S. Naval War College examines how tense international relations have regularly spilled over into the Olympic arena.
Nicholas Sarantakes is an associate professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. As a diplomatic historian, his research interests focus on the World War II and Cold War eras, and the Asia/Pacific region. In 2009 he published, Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kurt Rotthoff of Seton Hall University tests claims about the economic benefit of investing in large sports arenas and stadiums.
Kurt Rotthoff is an assistant professor of economics and finance at Seton Hall University where he teaches classes in economics and sports finance. His work has been published in numerous academic journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Clemson University.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Freidenreich of Colby College explains the historical meaning of dietary restrictions within the world's major monotheistic religions.
David Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His research explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions, primarily as these attitudes are expressed in ancient and medieval religious law. He hold a Ph.D. From Columbia University.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Heather Mattila of Wellesley College reveals how the health of a bee colony is related to the sexual behavior of the queen.
Heather Mattila is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on the role that intracolonial genetic diversity plays in the organization of communication and division of labor in honey bee colonies. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.
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.