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Prof. Craig Vierra was named "Professor Most Likely to Blow Your Mind" by the team at Academic Minute, which highlight faculty research from institutions across the country. Past College professors featured on Academic Minute include Amy Smith, English, and Ken Albala, History.

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Got a Minute? COP professors take radio by storm

Prof. Craig Vierra, Biological Sciences, was one of a handful of professors acknowledged by Academic Minute as one of their best presentations of the year.
Feb 1, 2015

College of the Pacific professors are making waves - air waves, that is.

Biology Professor Craig Vierra received Academic Minute's "Most Likely to Blow Your Mind" award for his podcast featuring his research on black widow spider silk. Academic Minute is a radio production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Mount Holyoke College. The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. In addition to WAMC broadcasts, the podcasts also appear on the Inside Higher Ed website.

Vierra was one of a handful of professors from across the country who acknowledged by the Academic Minute team, but he is not the only College of the Pacific professor who has been heard on radio and podcasts lately. 



Craig Vierra Craig Vierra - The Race to Replicate Spider Silk
Craig Vierra, professor and assistant chair of University of the Pacific's department of Biological Sciences, is working on a way to replicate spider silk for use in making everything from body armor to cars. Read more >>



Carrie SchroederCaroline Schroeder - Directions in the Study of Religion
Kristian Petersen of the Marginalia Review of Books talks with Caroline Schroeder, associate professor in religious studies, about a new digital project called Coptic SCRIPTORIUM, and the potential of the digital humanities in religious studies.


Amy SmithAmy Smith – The Appeal of Jane Austen’s Characters
Amy Smith, professor of English at University of the Pacific, probes the international appeal of the characters that populate the work of Jane Austen. Read more >>



Ken AlbalaKen Albala - Where's the Beef?
Ken Albala, professor of history at University of the Pacific, examines competing claims about the meat content in some popular fast foods. Read more >>

For a full list of University of the Pacific's Academic Minute segments, visit our Academic Minute page.

Pacific Academic Minutes are produced by Claudia Morain, director of communications, and Keith Michaud, media relations coordinator, from the Office of Marketing and Communications.