Academic Minute

Academic Minute

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to bring you The Academic Minute. The brainchild of Albany's WAMC and its president, Alan Chartock, The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy with topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.

The Academic Minute features a different professor every day, drawing experts from institutions within WAMC's listening area and across the country. Each segment is introduced by Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella is also a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, specializing in medical and legal ethics.

Are you a professor who would like to record an Academic Minute? Let us know about your latest research at academicminute@wamc.org

The Theme: The Academic Minute opens with a selection by WAMC contributor and renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, who appears on Classical Music According to Yehuda during The Roundtable. The piece is Bach's Suite No. 2 in D Minor.

Production support for The Academic Minute comes from Newman's Own Foundation in partnership with Mount Holyoke College.

April 21, 2014
The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Jayanth Banavar describes how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.

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April 18, 2014
Prejudice is a highly complicated and nuanced concept. In today’s Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jessica Remedios explores the perplexing issue by taking a look at the variables present in nearly all social interactions.
April 17, 2014
The leatherback turtle population is getting some much needed help. In today’s Academic Minute, John Roe of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke discusses continuing efforts to revitalize the leatherback population.

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April 9, 2014
Studying the DNA of the ancient Amborella flower is opening up new insights into the evolution of certain plants and animals. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Buffalo's Victor Albert looks at the ancient origins of this Amborella and works to sequence its genome in order to better understand how life has developed on Earth.
April 8, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Aarhus University's Hans Meltofte discusses the negative impact of climate change in this area as "already visible" and details the serious ecological consequences that are resulting.
April 7, 2014
Is there a measurable limit to the amount of self-control each person possesses? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Michael Inzlicht seeks to debunk a popular theory regarding the now widely studied topic.
April 4, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Nathan Spreng discusses using advancement in neuroimaging to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we age.
April 3, 2014
A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results. In today's Academic Minute, University of Laval's Frederic Bouchard discusses the climate models of many areas across Canada and makes predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.

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