05/29/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Meet Kimberly DuVall-Early, America's Top Professor

At the front of a steep lecture hall, beneath two broad projection screens, Kimberly DuVall-Early was teaching 100 tightly wound college students how to chill out.

"We think, in our society, that we're supposed to do two or three things at a time," she said. "If you're washing the dishes, just wash the dishes, and focus on that. Go on the quad and just watch the squirrels. It's relaxing."

DuVall-Early's lectures about stress, memory and aging hold students in thrall.

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