Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Dr. Lynsey Romo, North Carolina State University - Weight Loss and Relationships

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lynsey Romo of North Carolina State University reveals why extreme weight loss can be rough on a romantic relationship. 

Lynsey Romo is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. Her research explores how people communicate about uncomfortable issues, specifically those pertaining to health and finances. She has also examined how couples can effectively motivate one another to engage in healthier eating and exercise behaviors. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dr. David Hsu, University of Michigan – The Pain of Social Rejection

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Hsu of the University of Michigan explains how the brain deals with the pain of social rejection. 

David Hsu is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan. His research interests include the neuroimaging of mood and anxiety disorders using fMRI and PET scans, the neurobiology of stress in the context of social environments, and the neuroanatomical pathways for emotional responses to stress.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Dr. Susan Fiske, Princeton University - Baseball and Schadenfreude

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Fiske of Princeton University reveals what baseball rivalries can teach us about why we sometime take delight in the misfortune of others. 

Susan Fiske is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her research addresses how stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination are encouraged or discouraged by social relationships, such as cooperation, competition, and power. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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Academic Minute
11:10 am
Tue December 3, 2013

2013 Listener Choice Award

In a few weeks, we will be announcing the winners of our Third Annual Senior Superlatives to honor the hard work professors from around the world have put into The Academic Minute in the past year. Below are the nominees for the Listener Choice award. If you don’t already have a favorite, take a few moments to listen before heading over to our Facebook page to vote. Voting will close at the end of the day (5pm Eastern) on Thursday, December 12th. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Dr. Justin Denney, Rice University – Social Status and Accidental Death

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Justin Denney of Rice University reveals the connection between social status and the likelihood of death in a preventable accident. 

Justin Denney is an assistant professor of sociology and Associate Director of the Kinder Institute Urban Health Program at Rice University. His primary research is focused on identifying individual and structural conditions that jointly contribute to health and mortality inequalities.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Dr. Simone Riehl, University of Tuebingen – The Invention of Agriculture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Simone Riehl of the University of Tübingen discusses where and when agriculture arose. 

Simone Riehl is a senior researcher in archaeobotany at the Institute for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen. Her research interests include palaeoethnobotany, the emergence and development of agriculture, and palaeoecology and environmental archaeology of the Middle East. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Prof. Nancy Prideaux, University of Texas Austin – Logistics of Black Friday

In today’s Academic Minute, Prof. Nancy Prideaux of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the year-long process behind the biggest retail shopping day of the year.

Nancy Prideaux is Director of the UT in NYC program and a senior lecturer in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research is focused on apparel retail and visual merchandising and she has taught a variety of courses in the Textiles and Apparel curriculum at the University of Texas.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Dr. Harvey Markowitz, Washington and Lee University - Native Americans and Hollywood Films

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Harvey Markowitz of Washington and Lee University discusses portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood and a recent high-profile flop.

Harvey Markowitz is an assistant professor sociology and anthropology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. His research examines the inter-relationships among American Indian religions, landscapes, cultures, histories, and identities. He recently co-edited the book Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Prof. Ethan Ham, The City College of New York – Games and Entertaining Choices

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Ethan Ham of the City College of New York examines what makes an interesting choice and entertaining game.

Ethan Ham is an associate professor of electronic design and multimedia at the City College of New York. He is also a contemporary artist whose artwork often draws upon his background as a game developer. Prior to entering academia, Ethan worked in the computer game industry for eleven years as a game designer, a game programmer, and a game producer.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Dr. Ayalla Ruvio, Michigan State University – Materialism, Stress, and Consumerism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ayalla Ruvio of Michigan State University explains the relationship between stress and compulsive shopping. 

Ayalla Ruvio is an assistant professor of marketing at Michigan State University.  As an applied consumer behavior researcher, her work focuses on issues such as consumers' decision making regarding new products, identity and consumption, and cross-cultural consumer behavior. Her research has been published in a number of refereed journals and she is co-author of the book Identity and Consumption.

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