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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.