Academic Minute

Mercer Professors Featured on The Academic Minute National Public Radio Program

MACON/ATLANTA – Mercer University was featured April 27-May 1 on The Academic Minute, a national production of WAMC public radio network headquartered in Albany, New York.

The two-and-a-half minute daily show, hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy.

“Mercer Week” on The Academic Minute included segments by Dr. Jennifer Barkin in the School of Medicine, Dr. Nader Moniri in the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Melanie Pavich in the College of Professional Advancement and Dr. Sarah Gardner and Dr. Adam Kiefer in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, details her development of a widely-accepted measure of maternal functioning in the postpartum period.

Jennifer Barkin, Mercer University – Measuring How New Mothers Are Functioning

Dr. Moniri, associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, explains the potential role of omega-3 fatty acids in treating Parkinson’s disease.

Nader Moniri, Mercer University – Combating Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Pavich, associate professor of interdisciplinary and historical studies, discusses an effort to document and preserve the history of African-American communities in coastal Georgia.

Melanie Pavich, Mercer University – Gentrification and African-American History

Dr. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor of History, shares how reading helped Americans maintain their humanity in the face of destruction and loss during the Civil War.

Sarah Gardner, Mercer University – Reading During The Civil War

Dr. Kiefer, Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, describes a solution to the global health crisis involving artisanal and small-scale gold mining and mercury poisoning.

Adam Kiefer, Mercer University – Mercury Vapor

The Academic Minute airs on 70 stations around the U.S. and Canada. You can hear the show on its home station, WAMC, each weekday at 7:30 a.m and 3:56 p.m.