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 11, 2014
Music is generally regarded as one of the most pleasurable stimuli we, as humans, experience -- but some people do not respond to music. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Barcelona's Josep Marco-Pallarés discusses this strange phenomenon.
July 10, 2014
Preschool isn’t just finger-painting and nap-time. In today's Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Peter Savelyev touts the long-term benefits of early learning.
July 9, 2014
“They may be more resistant to climate change than we thought,” the University of Utah's Denise Dearing says about pikas. In today's Academic Minute, Dearing, a professor of biology at Utah, describes how the diet of these rabbit-like mammals is changing as they learn to survive amid changes in their environment.

Archive

September 2, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Pamela V. Thacher discusses why actively trying to find sleep only increases its elusiveness. Thacher is an associate professor of psychology at St. Lawrence, where she teaches courses in abnormal and clinical psychology. Find out more about her here.
September 1, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Michael Webber discusses how when we waste food, we are also wasting valuable energy. Webber is assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT-Austin, where he is also associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Find out more about him here.
August 31, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Mark Harrison of the University of Warwick reveals that despite expectations to the contrary, conflicts across the globe are on the rise, and have been for over a century. Harrison is professor of economics at the University of Warwick and a research fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Find out more about him here.
August 30, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Brandt Kronholm of St. Mary’s College of Maryland explains Partition Theory, and uses some very large numbers in doing so. Kronholm is a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Find out more about him here.
August 29, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Pepperdine University's Dan Caldwell examines the relationship between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Caldwell is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine’s Seaver College. Previously, he served for three years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and held positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the Executive Office of the President in Washington. Find out more about him here.

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