University at Buffalo

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Dr. Kathryn Medler, University at Buffalo - Obesity and Tasting Sugar

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kathryn Medler of the University at Buffalo explains why sweets can be experienced differently by people of different weights. 

Kathryn Medler is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Her lab seeks to understand how signaling mechanisms are regulated within taste cells and how this regulation impacts the generation of the stimulus signal to the brain.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Dr. Shermali Gunawardena, University at Buffalo - Neuronal Blockages and Alzheimers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Shermali Gunawardena of the University of Buffalo explains how traffic moves along the neuronal highways in the brain. 

Shermali Gunawardena is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University at Buffalo. Her research seeks to determine if the degeneration of neurons in Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease is related to a defect in neuronal transport systems.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Dr. Gerald Koudelka, University at Buffalo – Detecting Dangerous Bacteria

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gerald Koudelka of the University at Buffalo explains why some of the most dangerous strains of bacteria can outlive their benign cousins in the wild. 


Gerald Koudelka is Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. His lab conducts research into the mechanisms of DNA sequence recognition and the evolution of bacteriophage-encoded exotoxins. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

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Academic Minute
9:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dr. Michael Poulin, University at Buffalo – Psychological Benefits of Giving

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Poulin of the University at Buffalo reveals that while offering a helping hand to others, you may also be helping yourself.

Michael Poulin is an assistant professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo. His research seeks to understand why people engage in prosocial behavior as well as what factors influence a person’s response to stress and adversity. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Dr. Howard Lasker, University at Buffalo – Coral Damage and Growth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Howard Lasker of the University at Buffalo explores how coral reefs respond to natural and man-made damage.


Howard Lasker is a professor of evolutionary biology and ecology at the University at Buffalo. His current research project seeks to identify parameters for identifying coral populations that should be highly protected as well as those for which managed harvesting is ecologically sound. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Dr. Charles Mitchell, University at Buffalo – Simple Organism and Evolutionary Security

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Charles Mitchell of the University at Buffalo explores the evolutionary advantage of keeping things simple.


Charles Mitchell is the SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Geology at the University at Buffalo. Broadly, his research seeks to understand the evolutionary processes that have formed the world in which we live and that have given shape to its history. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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Academic Minute
11:21 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Dr. Jason Briner, University at Buffalo – Glaciers and Temperature Change

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Briner reveals evidence that glaciers respond to temperature changes more rapidly than previously thought.

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