University of Alberta

This Week on the Academic Minute

Jun 30, 2014

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 Monday, June 30

Dr. Volkan Topalli of Georgia State University explains how switching government assistance funds from cash to credit might reduce street crime.

Tuesday, July 1

Dr. Geoff Ball of the University of Alberta discusses metabolically healthy obesity.

Wednesday, July 2

Florida State University's Dr. Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt delves into the power of Californium.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Yagesh Bhambhani of the University of Alberta reveals why hands-free cell phone use makes driving dangerous. 

Yagesh Bhambhani is a professor of occupational therapy at the University of Alberta.  His study of hands-free cell phone use and driving safety was conducted with the help of graduate student Mayank Rehani. Bhambhani holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. 

About Dr. Bhambhani

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Glynnis Hood of the University of Alberta explains the ecological importance of the beaver. 


Glynnis Hood is an associate professor of environmental science at the University of Alberta where her research interests include freshwater ecology, wildlife ecology and management, and parks and protected areas. Her current research focuses on wetland ecology as it relates to wildlife habitat and how the presence of beavers affects pond morphometry, biodiversity, and water quality and quantity. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Palmer of the University of Alberta reveals a surprising find about how some barnacles reproduce.

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Lane of the University of Alberta reveals how shifting weather patterns are disrupting the life cycle of hibernating mammals.


Jeff Lane is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His current research is focused on examining the temporal patterns of resource allocation in mammals, specifically, North American red squirrels and Columbian and Richardson’s ground squirrels. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. 

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jack Tuszynski of the University of Alberta explores the physical process that allows the brain to store and retrieve memories.

Jack Tuszynski is Allard Chair and Professor of Experimental Oncology at the University of Alberta where his research interests are strongly linked to the protein tubulin and the microtubules assembled from it. He holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Calgary.

About Dr. Tuszynski