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Last week, we took a look back at some of the top segments featured over the last year.

2014.12.29 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Dec 29, 2014

This week on The Academic Minute, we'll be featuring some of our best segments from 2014.

Monday, December 29 - Most Likely to Change the World
Russell Johnson, Michigan State University - The Harmful Effects of Smartphones

Original Airdate: March 14, 2014

The Academic Minute for 11.24 -11.28

Nov 28, 2014

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you happened to miss a segment this holiday week, be sure to catch up at Academic Minute.org

2014.11.24 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Nov 24, 2014

Monday, November 24
James Hanna of Virginia Tech explains the physics of whirling dervish skirts. 

Tuesday, November 25
Allison Redlich of The University at Albany discusses the role of mental health courts.  

Wednesday, November 26
Winthrop University's Jason Silverman analyzes Abraham Lincoln's immigration policies.  

The Academic Minute for 10.20-10.24

Oct 24, 2014

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Monday, October 20
Doug Smith - UC San Diego   
Molecular Motors
Dr. Doug Smith is a physicist who studies molecular motors, the physics of knots, and the dynamics of single polymers such as DNA. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago..

2014.10.20 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Oct 20, 2014

Monday, October 20
Dr. Doug Smith of UC San Diego applies physics to the study of DNA.

Tuesday, October 21
Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic of Georgia Tech discusses breakthroughs in our understanding of black holes.

Wednesday, October 22
Dr. Megan Ferry of Union College traces the shifting environment of foreign language learning.

Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, Virginia Tech - Fainting Goats

May 14, 2014

The Latin name myotonia congenita might not mean much to you, but you've likely seen them in action.

Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, professor of pathology and genetics at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, fills us in on one of the internet's favorite animal oddities: the fainting goat.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dana Hawley of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University explains why diseases evolve more virulent strains that pose a greater threat to the host. 


Dana Hawley is an associate professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that underlie pathogen susceptibility within and across ecological scales. Her current project seeks to link host ecology and behavior with changes in pathogen virulence. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University.