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 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.
July 25, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Carlos A. Varela discusses his research that aims to improve auto-pilot technology so that errors are caught before they become large-scale aviation disasters.

Archive

August 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, York University's Dayna Scott explores the legal rights of factories and the civil rights of those living downwind from pollution hot spots. Scott is an associate professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Find out more about her here.
August 15, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's David Hess describes green jobs and the best methods for creating them. Hess is a professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University and member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment. Before assuming his post at Vanderbilt, Hess was a professor in RPI's Department of Science and Technology Studies. Find out more about him here.
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.

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