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

August 1, 2014
Fractals are naturally occurring patterns that replicate in a self-similar manner. In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's David Pincus explains how understanding fractal patterns can tell us about our psychology.
July 31, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Concordia University's Peter Jaskiewicz discusses how tightly held family businesses -- which often fill leadership jobs internally -- might benefit from outside hires.
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.

Archive

June 4, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Williams College's Jay Pasachoff explores the rare transit of Venus taking place on June 5.
June 1, 2012
In today's Academic Minute -- the feature's 500th edition -- the University of Texas at Austin's Art Markman explores why we think round numbers are such a big deal.
May 31, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Murdoch University's Michael Bunce discusses his work using DNA testing to identify the non-declared contents of some traditional Chinese medicines.
May 30, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Liverpool John Moores University's David Wilkinson explores the role methane may have played in warming the Earth during the time of the dinosaurs.
May 29, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Brick Johnstone explores efforts to pinpoint the location of the religious experience through brain imaging.

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