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‘University at Albany Week’ Airs on WAMC’s Academic Minute

 Photos by Patrick Dodson.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 6, 2020) – For the third semester, Five UAlbany faculty were featured on The Academic Minute earlier this month.

The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, highlights research from colleges and universities around the world. Each weekday features a different professor.

Jan. 6, 2020: “Defining What Drives a Terrorist

Gary Ackerman, an associate professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, is working to redefine our understanding of terrorist ideology. Ackerman and his collaborators have developed a common framework that will help terrorism researches better analyze the connections between beliefs and violent behavior.

Jan. 7, 2020: “Pathways from Imagination to Altruism

Brendan Gaesser, an assistant professor of psychology, researches the relationship between altruism and creativity. His latest study with Boston College revealed that the more vividly people are able to picture a helping scene unfold in their minds, the more willing they are to help.

Jan. 8, 2020: “Improving the Patient Experience in the NICU

Parents whose infant is admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) often experience a sense of separation from their child and many suffer from higher rates of postpartum depression as a result. Beth DuFault, an assistant professor of marketing in the School of Business, shares how hospitals might improve the parental experience.

Jan. 9, 2020: “Helping the Homeless through Business Improvement Districts

Wonhyung Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, looks at the role of business improvement districts among U.S. cities in addressing homelessness. Lee shares how BIDs can take a more compassionate, collaborative approach in grappling with urban problems.

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Jan. 10, 2020: “Reducing Political Polarization through Education

More than eight-in-ten U.S. adults believe that political discourse has become more negative and less respectful, according to a 2019 study by Pew Research. Brett Levy, an assistant professor in the School of Education, shares how educators might play a larger role in reducing political polarization among students by increasing engagement.

DuFault, Lee and Levy share their research more in-depth on the UAlbany News Podcast, the University’s research-based series syndicated locally by WCDB 90.9 F.M.

More on The Academic Minute

Each episode airs on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s (the Capital Region’s local NPR-syndicated station) 26 transmitters and translators at 7:30a.m. and 3:56p.m. weekdays, covering portions of seven northeast states. The segment is syndicated to several other stations throughout the United States and streamed via the web internationally, according to the show’s website.

The Academic Minute is hosted by Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and produced by WAMC’s David Hopper.

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