The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy and of all the ways academic research contributes to solving the world’s toughest problems.
Dr. Diane Paige
Professor of Music & Department Chair
“On the Power of Play”
Dr. Ryan Ceresola
Assistant Professor of Sociology
“The Curious Case of Correcting Corruption”
Dr. Laurel Elder
Professor of Political Science, Sociology Department Co-chair
“Public Opinion and Presidential Candidate Spouses”
Dr. Andrew Piefer on Biochemistry
Dr. Elizabeth Bloom on Education
By Eric Cooper, Ph.D.
In September 2018, The New York Times reported on a successful preliminary clinical trial performed by scientists at the Boston based biotech company Synlogic. They used synthetic biology to “reprogram” the harmless bacteria that normally reside within us into a delivery system to provide a missing enzyme to individuals with the hereditary disease Phenylketonuria (PKU). This could usher in a new generation of novel therapies for improving people’s lives. Read more…
A molecular and cellular biologist, Associate Professor of Biology Cooper earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University.