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The Academic Minute for 2015.1.5 - 1.9

Jan 9, 2015

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2015.01.05 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Jan 5, 2015

Monday, January 5
Kimberly Fenn of Michigan State University shows how social media might be corroding the accuracy of memory.

Tuesday, January 6
Jacob Hirsh of The University of Toronto explores the predicative nature of personality traits.

Wednesday, January 7
New York University media professor Charlton McIlwain analyzes the journalistic slant present in news coverage of Michael Brown's death.

A group appointed by the UMass Amherst chancellor to look into the use of students as confidential campus police informants is expected to deliver its report in January.

       The 11-member working group has been meeting regularly since its appointment in October but was unable to meet a goal to issue a report and recommendations on the confidential informant program by the end of the fall semester two weeks ago.


The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees met for the final time today under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.  The meeting on the flagship Amherst campus drew union protestors and student activists.

The Academic Minute for 12.01-12.05

Dec 5, 2014

Monday, December 1
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New Adhesive Technology

2014.12.01 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 1, 2014

Coming up this week on The Academic Minute

Monday, December 1
Alfred Crosby of UMass Amherst profiles advances in adhesive technology

Tuesday, December 2
Brian Southwell of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discusses the disparity of information disseminated via social media.

Wednesday, December 3
SUNY New Paltz's Eve Waltermaurer investigates the intersection of health and crime.  

The Academic Minute for 11.10-11.14

Nov 14, 2014

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2014.11.10 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Nov 10, 2014

Monday, November 10
Dr.  Mohamad Z. Koubeissi of The George Washington University is working to unravel the mystery of consciousness.  

Tuesday, November 11
Dr. Joe Rubin of The University of Saskatchewan warns us of the threat of microscopic pathogens.

Wednesday, November 12
Dr. Daniel Baker of The University of Colorado Boulder provides an interstellar weather report.  

"Ebola virus particles" by Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine/Wikimedia Commons

The Ebola epidemic will be discussed by a panel of experts at UMass Amherst tonight. The discussion, which is open to the public, takes place at 6 pm at the Campus Center Auditorium. Wilmore Webley, associate professor of microbiology and an expert in infectious disease and immunology is the moderator.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

Campus police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will stop using students as confidential informants while the practice is reviewed by university officials.  Students praised the suspension of the program.

     Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ordered the program suspended and announced a comprehensive review after it was revealed that a student who had agreed to become a confidential informant for campus police died of a heroin overdose.