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.

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August 12, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Matthew Immergut reveals that charisma is not an attribute that can be possessed, but a sociological relationship to be cultivated. Immergut is an assistant professor of sociology at Purchase, part of the State University of New York. Find out more about him here.
August 11, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Reading's Bhismadev Chakrabarti discusses research that is uncovering how our social interactions are influenced by our genes. Chakrabarti is an assistant professor of neuroscience in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading and a senior researcher at the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge. Find out more about him here.
August 10, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Paul Smith’s College's Curt Stager describes how the climate change we feel today will shape the Earth for the next 100,000 years. Stager is a professor at Paul Smith’s and a research associate at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, and author of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life On Earth (Thomas Dunne Books, March 2011). Find out more about him here.
August 9, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Katharine Brooks of the University of Texas at Austin answers “the question” faced by many college students. Brooks is director of liberal arts career services at UT-Austin and author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. She maintains a career issues blog for Psychology Today. Find out more about her here.
August 8, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Richard Young of the State University of New York Geneseo discusses how modern technology has provided a more accurate history of the Grand Canyon. Young is the Distinguished Service Professor of Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo. Find out more about him here.

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