University of Pittsburgh

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Dr. Supriya Kumar, University of Pittsburgh – Sick Days and Flu Outbreaks

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Supriya Kumar of the University of Pittsburgh examines how flu outbreaks can be reduced by encouraging workers to use an extra sick day.


Supriya Kumar is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. Her research addresses the impact of social and cognitive factors on behavior related to health with a specific focus on how policy, social environment, and individual social position impact health behaviors. She earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Dr. Emily Elliott, University of Pittsburgh – Environmental Risk from Aging Sewers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Emily Elliott of the University of Pittsburgh explores aging sewer systems and reveals the threat they pose to the environment.  


Emily Elliott is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research seeks to trace fluxes of reactive nitrogen through atmospheric, terrestrial, and hydrologic systems using isotope geochemistry. She earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Dr. Andrew Stephen, University of Pittsburgh – Social Media and Self-Control

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Stephen of the University of Pittsburgh explains how your behavior may be influenced by social media connections. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Dr. Carlos Badenes, University of Pittsburgh – The Kepler Supernova

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carlos Badenes of the University of Pittsburgh examines the origin of one of the scientific revolution’s most important astronomical events.

Carlos Badenes is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh where his research is focused on stellar evolution and the origins of Type Ia supernovae. He is currently leading an effort to develop data mining techniques to examine the role of binary systems as possible progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Dr. Michael Sayette, University of Pittsburgh – Psychology of Social Drinking

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Sayette of the University of Pittsburgh explains how alcohol influences social interactions between strangers.


Michael Sayette is a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh where his research interests include the psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse, cigarette smoking, drug craving, and social processes in addiction, alcohol and stress. His findings have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Dr. Anna Balazs, University of Pittsburgh – Synthetic Robot Skin

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anna Balazs of the University of Pittsburgh explains how a synthetic material could provide robots with a sense of touch.

Dr. Anna Balazs is a distinguished professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests center on theoretical and computational modeling of the thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of polymer blends and composites. She holds a Ph.D. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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