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 21, 2014
The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Jayanth Banavar describes how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.

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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.
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.

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July 11, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater discusses the similarity between molecules and Lego bricks, and reveals how chemists use them to build new and useful compounds. Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at UConn. Find out more about him here.
July 8, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Robert Thacker discusses the work of author Alice Munro. Thacker is Dana Professor of Canadian Studies and associate dean of academic advising at St. Lawrence and author of Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives. Find out more about him here.
July 7, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Amit Pai of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences examines the problem of adjusting drug dosages for obese patients. Pai is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany's pharmacy college. Find out more about him here.
July 6, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Katie Monnin describes how the use of graphic novels in the classroom can improve reading comprehension and attitudes about reading among young readers. Monnin is an assistant professor of literacy at North Florida and author of the forthcoming Really Reading with Graphic Novels and Teaching Content Area Graphic Novels. Find out more about her here.
July 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Ben Trachtenberg of the University of Missouri School of Law discusses how economists value human life and why the lives of Americans are becoming more valuable. Trachtenberg is visiting associate professor at Missouri's law school, where he teaches courses on criminal and environmental law. Find out more about him here.

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