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 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.
July 28, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto Scarborough's Sam Maglio explains why names, specifically how names sound, have great influence over how/why we perceive things as we do.
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.

Archive

March 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, John Mutter of Columbia University’s Earth Institute discusses why, in the wake of a natural disaster, the poor often face a unique set of challenges to survival and recovery. Mutter is a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia, and founded the Katrina Deceased Victims List and the Bamboo Bike Project. Find out more about him here.
March 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Joseph Reynolds of Monmouth University explains the increase in coastal wildlife activity that accompanies the onset of spring. Reynolds is an instructor of geography at Monmouth, in New Jersey.
March 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Bard College's Eban Goodstein explores the role that green technology could play in the economic recovery. Goodstein directs the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and wrote the college-level text book Economics and the Environment. Find out more about him here.
March 15, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the Rhode Island School of Design's Mikyoung Kim describes the importance of imagination in children and how playground designers can foster imaginative play. Kim is a professor of architecture and design at the RISD.
March 14, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Rochester's C. Douglas Haessig explores the mathematical curiosity Pi, and how it has inspired an unofficial holiday. Haessig is an assistant professor of mathematics at Rochester. Find out more about him here.

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