Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Dr. David Trilling, Northern Arizona University - Can an asteroid impact Earth?

Today's Academic Minute has intergalactic ramifications!

Some close calls have raised the awareness of the threat  of asteroids potentially on a collision course with Earth. David Trilling, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University, explains what we can do if we're ever faced with such an interstellar calamity.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Dr. Ken Sheldon, University of Missouri - Sports Contracts

Today's Academic Minute takes us inside the world of professional sports.

Professional athletes are very well paid. Their skills on the field can be parlayed into huge contracts. But as Ken Sheldon, Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri, explains, many players have trouble living up to expectations after the deal is signed.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Dr. Michael Bruno, Stevens Institute - Predicting Storm Damage

Weather predictions indicate that some previously calm areas may begin to experience increased amounts of severe weather in the coming years.

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean and Professor of Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, discusses how new imaging technology can be utilized to help inform those who may be in the path of these severe storms.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Dr. Gabriel Rossman, University of California Los Angeles – Economic Risk and the Oscars

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gabriel Rossman of the University of California Los Angeles reveals the economic risks faced by filmmakers seeking to win Academy Awards. 

Gabriel Rossman is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. His research addresses culture and mass media, especially pop music radio and Hollywood films. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University.

About Dr. Rossman

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Dr. Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon – Benefits of Brain Training

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elliot Berkman of the University of Oregon reveals the limits of brain training. 

Elliot Berkman is an assistant professor of psychology and director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon. The SAN Lab studies how motivational factors and neural systems influence goal pursuit. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles.

About Dr. Berkman

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Instant Poison Gas

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut concludes his three-day examination of the chemistry of the show Breaking Bad. Leadbeater concludes the series with an examination of one of Walter White’s Greatest Escapes. 

  

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Dissolving Acids

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut continues his examination of the chemistry of the show Breaking Bad. Today he discusses Walter White's use of acids to make evidence disappear. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Walter White’s Meth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut begins a three-day examination of the chemistry of the hit television show Breaking Bad. Today, he discusses why Walter White’s product was so unique. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Dr. Michelle Sauther, University of Colorado, Boulder – Lemurs and Sleeping Caves

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michelle Sauther of the University of Colorado Boulder reveals a discovery about the preferred sleeping arrangements of lemurs.

 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Prof. Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo – Climate Change and Winter Olympics

In today’s Academic Minute,  Daniel Scott of the University of Waterloo discusses the potential inability for previous winter olympic host cities to host the games again due to changing weather patterns.

Prof. Daniel Scott is an associate professsor and research chair at the Univeristy of Waterloo focusing his studies on climate change. His particular interest lies in the interaction between  environmental issues and tourism and their connected impact on social, political and business issues.
 

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