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 30, 2014
Some people are inherently pessimistic. Others tend to focus on the positive and maintain a sunny optimism. In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Jason Moser digs into the science of this aspect of human nature.
July 29, 2014
Yawns are something of a physiological mystery. In today's Academic Minute, Duke University's Elizabeth Cirulli attempts to unravel the confusion surrounding yawns.
July 28, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto Scarborough's Sam Maglio explains why names, specifically how names sound, have great influence over how/why we perceive things as we do.

Archive

June 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northeastern University's Carey Rappaport examines the development of a new generation of body scanners that will provide an increase in security and privacy for airline passengers.
June 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Leicester's Andrew Colman explores why natural selection seems to favor cooperation among individuals.
June 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, George Mason University's David Luther examines how urban-dwelling birds have responded to an increase in man-made noise.
June 18, 2012
.In today’s Academic Minute, Queen’s University , Daniel Krupp describes how our unconscious beliefs about life expectancy can influence major life decisions 
June 15, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the College of Saint Rose's Jeffrey Marlett explores how ethnic Roman Catholics have embraced the American spirit of competition.

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