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This Week on The Academic Minute

Jul 21, 2014

Monday, July 21
 
Dr. Fred Jourdan of Curtin University discusses mass extinction through an analysis of ancient volcanic eruptions.

Tuesday, July 22
 
Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University touts the long lasting health benefits of playing a high school sport.

Wednesday, July 23

The University of Kansas' Dr. Paul Selden is using spider fossils to reconstruct ancient ecosystems.

Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates

Jun 9, 2014

One segment of the population commits suicide more than any other: Hispanics teens.

Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, shares some numbers and dissects the factors contributing to this troubling trend.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Molly Bray of The University of Texas at Austin explains the connection between genetics and the ability to stick to an exercise routine. 

Molly Bray is a professor and the Susan T. Jastrow Human Ecology Chair for Excellence in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior. Her most recent project explores the genetic basis for exercise adherence.

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute’s Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. Lars Hinrichs of the University of Texas at Austin won in the Best Smile category with this Academic Minute that explains why many features of Texas-English are disappearing.

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Robyn Metcalfe of the University of Texas at Austin explains the complex supply chain that keeps food on your table.

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In today’s Academic Minute, Prof. Nancy Prideaux of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the year-long process behind the biggest retail shopping day of the year.

Nancy Prideaux is Director of the UT in NYC program and a senior lecturer in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research is focused on apparel retail and visual merchandising and she has taught a variety of courses in the Textiles and Apparel curriculum at the University of Texas.

About Prof. Prideaux

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Todd Humphreys of the University of Texas at Austin describes a newfound threat to the transportation industry.


Todd Humphreys is an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the application of optimal estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, orbital and attitude dynamics, and signal processing. His recent focus has been on defending against intentional GPS spoofing and jamming.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ricardo Ainslie of The University of Texas at Austin explores the social and economic factors behind recent violence in a Mexican border town. 

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Trent of the University of Texas at Austin reveals how bacteria could be used to create better vaccines. 

Stephen Trent is an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin. His lab explores how diverse environmental stimuli promote changes in conserved microbial structures found on the surface of pathogenic bacteria. His current research project is exploring the use of bacteria to improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera, and HPV.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Hans Hofmann of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the genetic basis of common behaviors found in distantly related species.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chris Kirk of the University of Texas at Austin reveal s what the eyes of early mammals have to say about their nocturnal lifestyle.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lars Hinrichs of the University of Texas at Austin reveals why many features of Texas-English are disappearing. 

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin reveals how the Mayans would have viewed the end of the year 2012.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joe MacGregor of the University of Texas at Austin explains the mechanics of the fracturing currently plaguing the ice sheet of Antarctica.