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 11, 2014
Music is generally regarded as one of the most pleasurable stimuli we, as humans, experience -- but some people do not respond to music. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Barcelona's Josep Marco-Pallarés discusses this strange phenomenon.
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.

Archive

February 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Caleb Everett explores the complicated relationship between numbers and words. Everett is an assistant professor of anthropology at Miami, in Florida, and spends much of his time doing field research in Brazil. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Michael Desch questions the assumption that Democratic presidents are less likely to take the United States to war.
February 17, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Jessamyn Neuhaus of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh explores the iconic status of Marge Simpson.
February 16, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Gavin Schmidt examines why we shouldn’t always expect scientists to agree.
February 15, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Brown University's Wael Asaad reveals the important roles that expectation and surprise play in the learning process.

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