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 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.
July 28, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto Scarborough's Sam Maglio explains why names, specifically how names sound, have great influence over how/why we perceive things as we do.

Archive

September 7, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hofstra University's Craig Rustici discusses the myth of Pope Joan and explains how efforts to suppress the legend may have solidified Joan’s status.
September 6, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Elizabeth Furdell examines how she uses the historical record to diagnose ailments in individuals from the distant past. Furdell is professor of history emerita and University Distinguished Professor at North Florida, and author of The Royal Doctors and Fatal Thirst: Diabetes in England until Insulin. Find out more about her here.
September 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Philadelphia University's Randy Swearer discusses how rethinking higher education and utilizing design thinking can foster innovation. Swearer has been provost at Philadelphia University since 2009, and previously had leadership positions at Parsons The New School for Design and the National Endowment for the Arts. Find out more about him here.
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.

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