Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Dr. Patricia Anderson, Dartmouth College – School Budgets and Childhood Obesity

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Dr. Ilaria Pascucci, University of Arizona – Rules of Planetary Placement

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Dr. Cynthia Ebinger, University of Rochester – Understanding Volcanic Plumbing

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Dr. Gregory Wilson, University of Washington – Success of Early Mammals

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Greg Wilson of the University of Washington reveals how a slight change in tooth shape allowed early mammals to compete in a world dominated by dinosaurs.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Dr. Nicholas Sarantakes, U.S. Naval War College – The Olympics and International Relations

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Dr. Kurt Rotthoff, Seton Hall University – Economic Impact of Sports Arenas

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.

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Dr. Kurt Rotthoff – Economic Impact of Sports Arenas

 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Dr. David Freidenreich, Colby College – Origin of Religious Dietary Restrictions

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Dr. Heather Mattila, Wellesley College – Promiscuous Queen Bees

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. 

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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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