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 31, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Concordia University's Peter Jaskiewicz discusses how tightly held family businesses -- which often fill leadership jobs internally -- might benefit from outside hires.
July 30, 2014
Some people are inherently pessimistic. Others tend to focus on the positive and maintain a sunny optimism. In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Jason Moser digs into the science of this aspect of human nature.
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.

Archive

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.
October 17, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Lock Haven University's Dana Washington compares the Jewish holiday of Sukkot to American Thanksgiving and other cultural analogs around the world. Washington is an assistant professor of English at Lock Haven, where she teaches writing and literature, and co-advises the art and literary magazine. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 14, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Minnesota State University-Mankato's Emily Stark examines how the presence of a weapon can greatly diminish an eyewitness’s ability to identify the perpetrator of a crime. Stark is a professor of psychology at Minnesota State-Mankato, where she teaches courses in psychology, social psychology, and child psychology. Find out more about her here.

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