Academic Minute

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Dr. Lauren Dutra, UC, San Francisco - E-Cigs and Real Cigs

E-Cigarettes are rapidly gaining popularity.

Lauren Dutra, post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco's School of Medicine, is studying the correlation between usages of these different tobacco products.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Dr. Bruce Peabody, Fairleigh Dickinson University - American Heroism

"Big Data" is being mined to glean all sorts of information.

Bruce Peabody, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is studying trends as they relate to our understanding of heroism in America.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Borer, University of Minnesota - Grassland Fertilization and the Nutrient Network

It's no secret that the presence of humans has a great effect on the environment.

Elizabeth Borer, associate professor in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Department at the University of Minnesota, is conducting global experiments to better understand how plants grow.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Dr. Nathan Spreng, Cornell University - The Aging Brain Network

Breakthroughs in how we understand the human brain's structure and internal communication networks are helping scientists track neurological changes over time.

Dr. Nathan Spreng, assistant professor at Cornell University's Department of Human Development, is using advancement in neuroimaging to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we age.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dr. Daniel Nettle, Newcastle University – Cultural Shift Across Neighborhoods

The complexity of human culture is highly nuanced.

Dr. Daniel Nettle, professor of behavioral sciences at Newcastle University, observed striking cultural differences even in people living geographically close to one another.

Dr. Daniel Nettle is a professor of behavioral science at Newcastle University's Centre for Behavior and Evolution. His research focuses on evolution, development, and psychological underpinnings of behavior. He received a PhD in biological anthropology from University College London in 1996.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dr. Veronica Davidov, Monmouth University – Ecotourism and the Extraction Nexus

Tourism and industry, in some locations, have a tangled and complicated relationship

Dr. Veronica Davidov, assistant professor of anthropology at Monmouth University, observes the interesting symbiosis these two unrelated fields can sometimes have.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Neal, Michigan State University - Kids and Gender Assumptions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jennifer Neal of Michigan State University reveals the assumptions that many children have about friendship and gender.

Jennifer Neal is an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University where her research addresses the influences of peer and teacher social networks on childhood educational outcomes. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Dr. Andrew Francis, Emory University – Most Likely to Blow Your Mind

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. Andrew Francis of Emory University was awarded the Most Likely to Blow Your Mind prize for offer a new take on which pill actually ushered in the Sexual Revolution. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Dr. Andrew Juhl, Columbia University – What Does Average Mean?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Juhl of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explains why when it comes to pollution, the extremes are more important than the mean. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Dr. William Marling, Case Western Reserve University – Urbanization and the Detective Novel

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Marling of Case Western Reserve University traces the roots of the detective novel to the process of urbanization.


William Marling is a professor of literature at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where his research is focused on detective novels, globalization, and American Modernism. He has published books on Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and is currently writing about the rise of “world literature.” He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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