Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Dr. Seth Bruggeman, Temple University – George Washington and Presidents’ Day

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Seth Bruggeman of Temple University reveals why George Washington’s status as a Virginian made him a symbol of national unity. 

Seth Bruggeman is an associate professor of history and Director of the Center for Public History at Temple University. As a historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States cultural history, his research focuses on material culture, memory studies, and Public History. He earned his Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Dr. Matthew Johnson, Binghamton University – Marriage and Poverty

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Matthew Johnson of Binghamton University explains the link between poverty and marriage stability. 

Matthew Johnson is a professor of psychology at Binghamton University. He is director of the university's Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory, where he studies what makes marriages succeed or fail. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California Los Angeles.

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Dr. Matthew Johnson – Marriage and Poverty

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Ruppert, York University - Sharks and Reef Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jonathan Ruppert of York University describes the connection between shark population and reef health.

Jonathan Ruppert is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biology at York University in Toronto, Canada. His current research project involves the long-term monitoring of the health of reefs on Australia’s northwest coast.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Dr. Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University - Digitizing Ancient Texts

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Marie-Claire Beaulieu of Tufts University discusses how the Internet has increased access to ancient texts. 

Marie-Claire Beaulieu is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Tufts University where her teaching and research interests include Greek religion, Epigraphy, Medieval Latin, and digital humanities. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Dr. Philip Marcus, University of California Berkeley -Jupiter's Red Spot

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Philip Marcus of the University of California Berkeley explains the persistence of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. 

Philip Marcus is a professor of fluid dynamics at the University of California Berkeley where he heads the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. His research group is focused on the fluid dynamics of vortices, waves, turbulence, and hydrodynamic stability.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Dr. James Gibbs, SUNY ESF – Saving the Snow Leopard

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Gibbs of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains the plight of the snow leopard.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Dr. Kevin Walsh, University of York – Human Settlement of Alpine Areas

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kevin Walsh of the University of York traces the history of the human occupation of Europe’s alpine region.  

Kevin Walsh is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York where he has overseen two major projects investigating the long term history of human activity in the Alps. His secondary area of interest relates to the politics of heritage conservation and display, a subject he addresses in The Representation of the Past. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leicester.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Black, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Permian Extinction and Volcanism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Benjamin Black of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses the connection between volcanism and one of the largest extinction events in Earth’s history. 

Ben Black is a postdoctoral researcher in geology and geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research seeks to understand the consequences of volcanism as it relates to the end-Permian mass extinction. He earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dr. Adam Gordon, University at Albany – Human Foraging Patterns

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Adam Gordon of the University at Albany discusses a common behavioral pattern found in living things from honey bees to humans. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Dr. Molly Bray, The University of Texas at Austin - Genetics and Exercise

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Molly Bray of The University of Texas at Austin explains the connection between genetics and the ability to stick to an exercise routine. 

Molly Bray is a professor and the Susan T. Jastrow Human Ecology Chair for Excellence in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior. Her most recent project explores the genetic basis for exercise adherence.

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