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 23, 2014
It has been 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. In today’s Academic Minute, Colgate University's Susan Thomson explores life in the African nation since those tragic days.

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April 22, 2014
How does depression affect one's personal goals? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Liverpool's Joanne Dickson analyzes the personal goals of people with depression and people who have never suffered from the mood disorder to study the results.
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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December 22, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Duncan Cumming explains the importance of Ruth Glazer’s influence on the music career of her husband.
December 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Harvey Mudd College's Susan Martonosi examines the role mathematics plays in determining how quickly you move through airport security lines.
December 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Lock Haven University's Matthew Girton discusses the variety of psychological motivations that fuel persistent conflicts between family members.
December 19, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Carly Pacanowski explores how the cultural expectation of food at meetings and gatherings has contributed to the obesity epidemic.
December 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Michael Bergman of Bard College at Simon’s Rock discusses one of the Earth’s most extreme environments, its inner core.

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