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The Academic Minute for 2015.2.2 - 2.6

Feb 6, 2015

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2015.2.2 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Feb 2, 2015


Be sure to visit for the great research featured every day.

Monday, February 2
Michele Markstein of UMass Amherst works with drosophila to improve on chemotherapy treatments.

Tuesday, February 3
Paul Matthew Sutter of Ohio State University explores nothingness through a cosmological lens.

Wednesday, February 4
University of Scranton's Jean Harris discusses the unique position of being the First Lady.

Today's Academic Minute delves into the creative process.

There is a saying that imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but we sometimes view imitators as lacking creativity of their own. But as Robert Goldstone, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, explains, this imitation may play a crucial role in the overall creative process.

As our understanding of the minds of children with autism continues to grow, new methods are being used to both evaluate and nurture those children. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about research published last summer from scientists at Indiana University about new ways to interact with these young people.

We’ll also go to a science fair.  And not one of those Mentos and Diet Coke volcano science fairs.  This one has actual science.  Plus we’ll spend an academic minute finding out how mosquitoes smell.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Oliver Beckers of Indiana University explains how parasitism and impending death influence the mate choice of once insect species.

Oliver Beckers is a postdoctoral research fellow at Indiana University where he studies the evolution of insects in the Moczek Lab. His current project examines the influence of an eavesdropping parasite on the communication systems of crickets. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sanya Carley of Indiana University explains attitudes about electric cars that are keeping many of the vehicles off of the streets.

Sanya Carley is an assistant professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University where her teaching and research interests include energy policy, electricity technology innovation policy, and applied econometrics. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Dr. Carley