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.

Recent programs

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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September 26, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Barbara Gold examines how Christians of the late Roman Empire created the modern concept of what it means to be a martyr. Gold is the Edward North Professor of Classics at Hamilton, and author of the forthcoming Perpetua: a Martyr’s Tale, due in 2012 from Oxford University Press. Find out more about her here. And a transcript of the podcast can be found here.
September 23, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Northern Colorado's David Thomas explains how businesses and other organizations view their place in the communities that exist around them. Thomas is an assistant professor of management in the Monfort College of Business at Northern Colorado. Find out more about him here. A transcript of the podcast can be found here.
September 22, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's William Kinney examines the evidence for and against the existence of a sibling universe. Kinney is an associate professor in the department of physics at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York. Find out more about him here. A transcript of the podcast can be found here.
September 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Matthew Cain reveals how a thrill-seeking personality translates into the business world.
September 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Jill VanTongeren discusses how super volcanoes continue to forge one of the Earth’s most valuable metals.

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