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 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.
July 24, 2014
Eager parents looking to aid their children’s education might take a hard look at their methodologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Keith Robinson explains the educational benefits that occur when parents directly help their children learn.

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February 24, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Randi Epstein analyzes the most sought-after traits for sperm donors. Epstein, a medical journalist and member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia School of Journalism, is author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. Find out more about her here.
February 23, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Saint Michael's College's George Dameron describes how the Black Death reshaped European society during the 14th century. Dameron, a professor of history at Saint Michael’s, is writing a book with the working title, The Making of Medieval Florence. Find out more about him here.
February 22, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Jennifer Borton discusses why trying to suppress negative thoughts is often counterproductive. Borton is an associate professor of psychology at Hamilton.
February 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Western New England College's John Baick distinguishes the real George Washington from the mythic figurehead he has become. Baick is an associate professor of history. Find out more about him here.
February 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the College of Saint Rose's Jerry Mason breaks down the national debt and explains what your portion means to you. Mason is associate professor of finance at Saint Rose. Find out more about him here.

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