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 22, 2014
Playing a high school sport is a great start to a long, healthy life. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Brian Wansink describes his experiment surveying the health and general wellness of over 700 veterans of World War II.
July 21, 2014
Looking back through geologic time is possible when you know what to look for. In today's Academic Minute, Curtin University's Fred Jourdan discusses his study of mass extinction through the lens of ancient volcanic eruptions.
July 18, 2014
Portrayals of weddings and brides make for good television programming. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas's Erika Engstrom explains why these glitzy Hollywood renditions are unrealistic.

Archive

March 26, 2014
Tourism and industry, in some locations, have a tangled and complicated relationship. In today’s Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Veronica Davidov examines the interesting symbiosis these two unrelated fields can have.
March 25, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Melbourne's Piers Howe explores the legitimacy of those who claim to have a sixth sense.
March 24, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Penn State University's Peter Wilf explores the path of conifer fossils from New Zealand to Argentina.
March 21, 2014
Advances in biotechnologies have been vital in the analysis of the DNA of the first peoples of America. In today’s Academic Minute, Ripan Mahli of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describes both the importance and the difficulty of this type of research.
March 19, 2014
How will your fantasy baseball team do this season? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Michigan's Dae Kwak describes the psychological impact fantasy sports advertising has on even experienced players.

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