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.

PROGRAMS

July 25, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Carlos A. Varela discusses his research that aims to improve auto-pilot technology so that errors are caught before they become large-scale aviation disasters.
July 24, 2014
Eager parents looking to aid their children’s education might take a hard look at their methodologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Keith Robinson explains the educational benefits that occur when parents directly help their children learn.
July 23, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Kansas' Paul Selden discusses his survey of spider fossils that is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present.

Archive

August 13, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University's Catherine Sabiston explores how readjusting goals about physical fitness can increase health in cancer survivors.
August 10, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's Sandra Russ explores how the level of imagination in children’s play has responded to recent technology and time restrictions.
August 9, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Earle McBride examines the discovery of microscopic artifacts on one of history’s most famous beaches.
August 8, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of California at Riverside's Lawrence Rosenblum, explains how our senses are often telling us more than we consciously realize.
August 7, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Bristol's Judyth Sassoon explores the discovery of a pliosaur fossil with signs of severe arthritis. Sassoon is a researcher in the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol, where her current research is focused on the palaeobiology of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Find out more about her here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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