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 29, 2014
Yawns are something of a physiological mystery. In today's Academic Minute, Duke University's Elizabeth Cirulli attempts to unravel the confusion surrounding yawns.
July 28, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto Scarborough's Sam Maglio explains why names, specifically how names sound, have great influence over how/why we perceive things as we do.
July 25, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Carlos A. Varela discusses his research that aims to improve auto-pilot technology so that errors are caught before they become large-scale aviation disasters.

Archive

November 29, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Adam Rabinowitz of the University of Texas at Austin discusses his efforts to preserve archaeological research for examination by generations of future scholars.
November 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Pennsylvania's Jeffrey Green describes the specific actions that define political charisma.
November 25, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Emily Stark of Minnesota State University, Mankato, reveals how the presence of a suggested minimum payment on your credit card statement can influence the amount you decide to pay.
November 24, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Kyle Meng explores the correlation between the occurrence of El Niño and periods of political unrest around the world. Meng is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable development at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 23, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Daniel Benjamin questions the role happiness plays in the decision making process.

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