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 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.
July 24, 2014
Eager parents looking to aid their children’s education might take a hard look at their methodologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Keith Robinson explains the educational benefits that occur when parents directly help their children learn.
July 23, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Kansas' Paul Selden discusses his survey of spider fossils that is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present.

Archive

October 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Paul Siegel discusses how facing your fears can help you overcome them, even if you don’t know you are facing them.
October 27, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Mary Beth Norton explores why the Salem witchcraft crisis was statistically more dangerous for men who found themselves accused than it was for women.
October 26, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Old Dominion University's Michael Seiler discusses how the human tendency to copy the behavior of those around us contributed to the ongoing mortgage crisis.
October 25, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Christopher Coggins of Simon's Rock of Bard College describes how the Chinese practice of feng shui is rooted in principles used to effectively manage natural resources.
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.

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