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 10, 2014
Preschool isn’t just finger-painting and nap-time. In today's Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Peter Savelyev touts the long-term benefits of early learning.
July 9, 2014
“They may be more resistant to climate change than we thought,” the University of Utah's Denise Dearing says about pikas. In today's Academic Minute, Dearing, a professor of biology at Utah, describes how the diet of these rabbit-like mammals is changing as they learn to survive amid changes in their environment.
July 8, 2014
When you think “big data,” you may not immediately think of the genetic contents of the deep sea. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Davis's Holly Bik describes her research analyzing sea water in an effort to “barcode the sea.”

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May 25, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Paul Newhouse explores research that suggests nicotine may have beneficial effects on aging brains.
May 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Michael Gottfried discusses advances in our understanding of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and the implications for the study of human evolution.
May 23, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Stetson University's Melissa Gibbs explores how an invasive species of catfish is making life hard for the manatees of Florida.
May 22, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Baylor University's Marjorie Cooper discusses research examining why religious belief doesn’t always translate into ethical behavior.
May 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner describes some recent finds from an archaeological excavation in Abydos, Egypt.

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