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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October 24, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Arkansas's Dustin Buehler examines a link between the designated hitter rule  and the frequency at which batters are hit by pitches.
October 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, York University's Aaron Dhir discusses the regulatory techniques used to encourage multinational corporations to respect human rights around the world.
October 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Michael Bloom discusses how environmental toxins are contributing to increasing rates of infertility. Bloom is an assistant professor of environmental health sciences at Albany, part of the State University of New York. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 19, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Tallys Yunes discusses how computers have greatly simplified the complex process of scheduling umpire crews for Major League Baseball. Yunes is an assistant professor of management science in Miami’s School of Business Administration.
October 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Emory University's Charles Rupprecht discusses the likelihood of rabies exposure and outlines efforts to control the disease in wild animal populations. Rupprecht is director of the Rabies Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an adjunct professor in the Population Biology, Ecology , and Evolution Training Program at Emory University. Find out more about him here.

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