Michigan State University

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, Michigan State University - Hip Hop Culture Identities

As hip hop culture expands, schools are expanding with it.

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, assistant professor of educational administration at Michigan State University, is studying this trend.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Dr. Russell Johnson, Michigan State University - The Harmful Effects of Smartphones

Smartphones are certainly convenient. But, is the use (and overuse) of these technological marvels also having harmful side effects?  

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Russell Johnson, professor at Michigan State University analyzes the negative consequences smartphone use may have on human psychology and physiology.

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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.

About Dr. Neal

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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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Dr. Christoph Adami, Michigan State University - Evolution Punishes Selfishness

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Christoph Adami of Michigan State University reveals why evolution favors cooperation over selfish behavior.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Dr. Kelly Mix, Michigan State University – Spatial Training and Math Ability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kelly Mix of Michigan State University reveals the connection between math ability and visual spatial training. 


Kelly Mix is a professor of educational psychology in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University. Her research is focused on the development of number concepts and mathematical reasoning, with a particular interest in the emergence of these ideas in infancy and early childhood. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Dr. Leah Lakdawala, Michigan State University – Prenatal Sexism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Leah Lakdawala of Michigan State University reveals how technology is allowing sex discrimination to begin before birth.


Leah Lakdawala is an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University where here teaching and research interests include labor and development economics. Her current research is focused on family structure, child welfare, and entrepreneurship in developing countries. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Leah Lakdawala – Prenatal Sexism

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dr. Natalie Phillips, Michigan State University – The Brain and Reading

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Natalie Phillips of Michigan State University explores how the brain functions while reading literature.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Dr. Suzanne Wagner, Michigan State University – Non-Standard Speech and Higher Education

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Suzanne Wagner of Michigan State University explores the connection between the use of non-standard English and choices about higher education.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Dr. Zachary Blount, Michigan State University – Evolving Bacteria

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Zachary Blount of Michigan State University explains how scientists have observed bacteria evolve new capabilities over thousands of generations.


Zachary Blount is a postdoctoral researcher in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action at Michigan State University. Blount is a research associate in the Lenski lab, where evolutionary biologists have observed and recorded changes in E. coli bacteria over more than 50,000 generations.

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