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 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.
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.

Archive

July 6, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Katie Monnin describes how the use of graphic novels in the classroom can improve reading comprehension and attitudes about reading among young readers. Monnin is an assistant professor of literacy at North Florida and author of the forthcoming Really Reading with Graphic Novels and Teaching Content Area Graphic Novels. Find out more about her here.
July 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Ben Trachtenberg of the University of Missouri School of Law discusses how economists value human life and why the lives of Americans are becoming more valuable. Trachtenberg is visiting associate professor at Missouri's law school, where he teaches courses on criminal and environmental law. Find out more about him here.
July 4, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Adam Noah of Long Island University-Brooklyn examines how the brain learns to play a popular video game and how better understanding that process can help Parkinson’s patients. Noah is technical director of the ADAM Center and MoCap Lab at Long Island's Brooklyn campus. Find out more about him here.
July 1, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Robert Vanderlan discusses the role poets played in creating one of the 20th century’s great media empires. Vanderlan is a visiting assistant professor of history at Cornell. Find out more about him here.
June 30, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Union Graduate College's Catherine Snyder discusses how brain function changes with age. Snyder is clinical assistant professor and associate dean of the School of Education at Union Graduate College. Find out more about her here.

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