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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dr. James Cavanagh, Brown University – The Impulse to Do Nothing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Cavanagh of Brown University reveals how our brain and behavior can be influenced by our evolutionary past. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dr. Jay Dickson, Brown University – Antarctica and Life on Mars

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jay Dickson of Brown University explains what the world’s saltiest pond has to say about the possibility of life on Mars.


Jay Dickson is a science data analyst and lab manager in the Geological Science Department at Brown University where he works in the lab of Dr. James Head. His recent research involves the analysis of data from Antarctica’s Don Juan Pond.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Dr. Leonard Mermel, Brown University – Germs and Spaceflight

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Leonard Mermel of Brown University reveals why small germs can cause big problems for astronauts on long-term missions.

Leonard Mermel is a professor of medicine in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research seeks to understand the pathogenesis, epidemiology, and prevention of hospital-acquired infections. His work has been published in a number of peer-review journals and book chapter.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Dr. Corey Brettschneider, Brown University – Hate Speech and Free Speech

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Corey Brettschneider of Brown University explores American society’s ongoing struggle to minimize hate speech while preserving the First Amendment.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Dr. Mark Bertness, Brown University – Sport Fishing and Marsh Die-Off

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Mark Bertness of Brown University reveals how sport fishing is damaging marshes along Cape Cod.

Mark Bertness is the Robert P. Brown Professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University where his lab’s research is focused on marine coastal ecology and conservation. His current project is examining the causes and consequences of salt marsh die-off in coastal New England. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.

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