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

August 1, 2014
Fractals are naturally occurring patterns that replicate in a self-similar manner. In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's David Pincus explains how understanding fractal patterns can tell us about our psychology.
July 31, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Concordia University's Peter Jaskiewicz discusses how tightly held family businesses -- which often fill leadership jobs internally -- might benefit from outside hires.
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.

Archive

July 29, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Brent Plate examines the point at which art becomes blasphemy. Plate is a visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton and author of Blasphemy: Art that Offends (Black Dog Publishing). Find out more about him here.
July 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Elizabeth Markovits explains a striking similarity between the plot elements that define Greek tragedy and the democratic process. Markovits is an assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke and author of The Politics of Sincerity: Plato, Frank Speech, and Democratic Judgment (Penn State Press). Find out more about her here.
July 27, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Union Graduate College's Martin Strosberg examines the ethics of moving drug trials to nations with little or no governmental oversight. Strosberg is a professor of healthcare management and bioethics at Union Graduate College, and co-author of Gatekeeping in the Intensive Care Unit and co-editor of Rationing America’s Medical Care: The Oregon Plan and Beyond. Find out more about him here.
July 26, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Houston's Seth Chandler explores how computer technology is poised to change how legislation is written and applied. Chandler is a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he is pioneering the use of the Mathematica computer language in the economic analysis of law. Find out more about him here.
July 25, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Karen Baird discusses the modifications that have made health care more inclusive of needs unique to women. Baird is an associate professor of political science in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Purchase, part of the State University of New York. She is author of 2009's Beyond Reproduction: Women’s Health, Activism, and Public Policy. Find out more about her here

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