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July 14, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Timothy Rowe examines how the sense of smell contributed to the development of larger brains in early mammals and how modern technology is making such determinations possible. Rowe is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in UT-Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences and director of the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory of the Texas Memorial Museum. Find out more about him here.
July 13, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Karen Baird discusses the modifications that have made health care more inclusive of needs unique to women. Baird is an associate professor of political science in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Purchase, part of the State University of New York. She is author of 2009's Beyond Reproduction: Women’s Health, Activism, and Public Policy. Find out more about her here.
July 12, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Daniel Sharfstein examines the long history of racial assimilation in the United States and why racial categories prove ambiguous at best. Sharfstein is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt's law school and was the inaugural recipient of the Raoul Berger Visiting Fellowship in Legal History at Harvard Law School. Find out more about him here.
July 11, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater discusses the similarity between molecules and Lego bricks, and reveals how chemists use them to build new and useful compounds. Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at UConn. Find out more about him here.
July 8, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Robert Thacker discusses the work of author Alice Munro. Thacker is Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and associate dean of academic advising at St. Lawrence and author of Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives. Find out more about him here.

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