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 18, 2014
Prejudice is a highly complicated and nuanced concept. In today’s Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jessica Remedios explores the perplexing issue by taking a look at the variables present in nearly all social interactions.

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April 17, 2014
The leatherback turtle population is getting some much needed help. In today’s Academic Minute, John Roe of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke discusses continuing efforts to revitalize the leatherback population.
April 16, 2014
What is left after a star explodes and dies? The answer is a neutron star. In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University's Victoria Kaspi discusses the structure of a specific type of neutron star called a magnetar.

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November 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Brown University's Joan Teno explores the usefulness of the stressful transitions faced by the elderly in the last stage of life.
November 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Stuart Gaffin discusses how the colors and materials used by urban planners can reduce the higher temperatures associated with global climate change.
November 17, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Daniel Messinger decodes the common features of interactions between an infant and parent. Messinger is a professor of psychology, pediatrics, and electrical & computer engineering at Miami. His research uses computerized measurement techniques to study the emotional development of infants through interactions with their caregivers. Find out more about him here.
November 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Misericordia University's Brian Carso traces the fine line that separates treason and loyal opposition in the American political process.
November 15, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Harvard University's Alex Rehding reveals that monuments made of music can be just as durable as those built of marble.

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