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.

April 21, 2014
The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Jayanth Banavar describes how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.

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April 18, 2014
Prejudice is a highly complicated and nuanced concept. In today’s Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jessica Remedios explores the perplexing issue by taking a look at the variables present in nearly all social interactions.
April 17, 2014
The leatherback turtle population is getting some much needed help. In today’s Academic Minute, John Roe of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke discusses continuing efforts to revitalize the leatherback population.

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March 4, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Bryant University's Amber Day examines the rise of political satire and why it is becoming a normal feature of political discourse. Day is an assistant professor in the English and cultural studies department at Bryant, and author of Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate (Indiana University Press), scheduled for release this month. Find out more about her here.
March 3, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Albany Medical College's Lindsay Hough examines efforts to develop a new class of non-addictive pain medications. Hough is professor and associate director of the Center for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience at the medical college. Find out more about him here.
March 2, 2011
n today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Heidi Newberg discusses how much we have learned about galaxies in the last century, and the mysteries still awaiting discovery. Newberg is a professor of physics, applied physics, and astronomy at the RPI. Find out more about her here.
March 1, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Ken Albala dissects the competing claims concerning meat content in some popular fast foods. Albala, a professor of history at Pacific, is author of 9 books on food history including the forthcoming World Cuisines written with the Culinary Institute of America. Find out more about him here.
February 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Dustin Morrow of Temple University examines the manipulation of time, through the art of film editing. Morrow, an assistant professor-practice track at Temple University, is a film maker and writer. Find out more about him here.

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