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 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.
July 24, 2014
Eager parents looking to aid their children’s education might take a hard look at their methodologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Keith Robinson explains the educational benefits that occur when parents directly help their children learn.
July 23, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Kansas' Paul Selden discusses his survey of spider fossils that is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present.

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July 22, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Temple University's Ilya Buynevich discusses what studying the structure of today’s coastlines can teach us about the geology of the past. Buynevich is an assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Temple. Find out more about him here.
July 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, SUNY Cobleskill's Ed Stander examines why astronomers must consider scale when applying the laws of physics to any object beyond Earth. Stander is a professor of geology, astronomy, and environmental sciences at SUNY Cobleskill. Find out more about him here.
July 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Lock Haven University's Daniela Ribitsch explains Arthur Schnitzler’s pioneering use of inner monologue as a literary device. Ribitsch studied at Karl Franzens Universität in her home town of Graz, Austria, and is instructor of German at Lycoming College and, in 2010-11, was assistant professor of German at Lock Haven.
July 19, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Francine Berman discusses our growing need to store massive amounts of digital data and the problems we face in keeping our data accessible as storage formats change. Berman is vice president for research and professor of computer science at RPI. Find out more about her here.
July 15, 2011
n today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's John Fitzpatrick discusses what we can learn about climate change by observing Snowy Owls. Fitzpatrick is executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. Find out more about him here.

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