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 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.

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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.
April 16, 2014
What is left after a star explodes and dies? The answer is a neutron star. In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University's Victoria Kaspi discusses the structure of a specific type of neutron star called a magnetar.

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June 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Lock Haven University's Mahlon Grass explores the inspiration that many modern musical artists draw from classical composers. Grass is a professor and chair of the performing arts department at Lock Haven, part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
June 15, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Suzanne Kessler examines the benefits of incorporating the arts into prison-based rehabilitation programs. Kessler is vice provost for academic affairs, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and professor of psychology at Purchase, part of the State University of New York System. Find out more about her here.
June 14, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Bryant University's Andres Ramirez explores how economies respond to earthquakes and other natural disasters. Ramirez is an assistant professor of finance at Bryant. Find out more about him here.
June 13, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's James Sullivan discusses the limitations of how poverty is measured in the United States. Sullivan is an associate professor of economics at Notre Dame, and a research affiliate of the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center. Find out more about him here.  
June 10, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, York University's Allan Hutchinson discusses the principles of common law that provide the core of most legal systems. Hutchinson is Distinguished Research Professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Find out more about him here.

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