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 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.
July 22, 2014
Playing a high school sport is a great start to a long, healthy life. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Brian Wansink describes his experiment surveying the health and general wellness of over 700 veterans of World War II.
July 21, 2014
Looking back through geologic time is possible when you know what to look for. In today's Academic Minute, Curtin University's Fred Jourdan discusses his study of mass extinction through the lens of ancient volcanic eruptions.

Archive

September 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Christopher Robbins discusses how viewing problems from within the context of a different culture can bring about novel solutions.
September 27, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, John Anderson of Rice University explains what the sediment below the ice of Antarctica reveals about the continent’s past and the planet’s future. Anderson is the Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography at Rice and author of Antarctic Marine Geology. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
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.

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