Academic Minute

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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Dr. Sallie Han, SUNY Oneonta – Material Culture and Pregnancy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sallie Han of the State University of New York Oneonta discusses what the items we accumulate during pregnancy say about our culture. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dr. Tom Coulthard, University of Hull - Ancient Rivers in the Sahara

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Coulthard of the University of Hull reveals the presence of ancient rivers that flowed across the Sahara Desert.

Tom Coulthard is a professor of physical geography at the University of Hull. His diverse research interests include modeling the impacts of environmental change, metal contamination in river systems, and the impacts of vegetation on fluvial geomorphology. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, University of Delaware – Block Play and Math Ability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Roberta Golinkoff of the University of Delaware explains why playing with blocks could give your child a better chance of developing math skills. 

Roberta Golinkoff is the H. Rodney Sharp Chair of the School of Education and Director of the Infant Language Project at the University of Delaware. She is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics and the author of a number of books on language acquisition in infants.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Dr. Ken Noll, University of Connecticut - Microbes and Methane

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ken Noll of the University of Connecticut reveals the process of methane production by microbes in woodland ponds. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Dr. Curtis Marean, Arizona State University – Early Human Weapons

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Curtis Marean of Arizona State University discusses the technological developments that made early humans deadly hunters. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Dr. Thomas Sawicki, American Public University - New Stygobitic Species

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Sawicki of American Public University describes the discovery of a number of new species in the subterranean caves of Florida. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Dr. Kathryn Medler, University at Buffalo - Obesity and Tasting Sugar

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kathryn Medler of the University at Buffalo explains why sweets can be experienced differently by people of different weights. 

Kathryn Medler is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Her lab seeks to understand how signaling mechanisms are regulated within taste cells and how this regulation impacts the generation of the stimulus signal to the brain.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Dr. Neil Websdale, Northern Arizona University - Understanding Familicide

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Neil Websdale of Northern Arizona University explains efforts to better understand instances of familicide.

Neil Websdale is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northern Arizona University, and director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. He has worked with law enforcement and social agencies on policy issues for more than 20 years, and contributed to the establishment of a national network of domestic violence fatality review teams. Websdale holds a Ph.D. from the University of London.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Dr. Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University – Language Learning Computer

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Mitchell of Carnegie Mellon University introduces us to NELL, a language learning computer. 

Tom Mitchell is a professor of computer science and Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His current research projects are focused on determining how the human brain represents word meaning and creating a computer that learns independently by reading the Internet. He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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