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 23, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Kansas' Paul Selden discusses his survey of spider fossils that is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present.
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.

Archive

February 7, 2011
In today's Academic Minute, Washington and Lee University's George Kester discusses what the outcome of the Super Bowl says about the stock market. Kester, Martel Professor of Finance at Washington and Lee, teaches postgraduate courses in corporate finance at Slovenia's University of Ljubljana and Australia's University of Melbourne in the summer months. Find out more about him here.
February 4, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Washington and Lee University's Amanda Bower examines the Super Bowl’s rare position as a shared experience in modern American society -- and what that means to advertisers. Bower is associate professor of business administration and marketing at Washington and Lee. Find out more about her here.
February 3, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Anthony DeBlasi of the State University of New York at Albany describes some of the distinct features of celebrations of the Chinese New Year. DeBlasi is associate professor and department chair of Chinese studies at Albany. Find out more about him here.
February 3, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Bard College's Eban Goodstein examines the economic costs associated with rapidly melting arctic sea ice. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, is author of the text book Economics and the Environment. Find out more about him here.
February 1, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Rhode Island School of Design's Liliane Wong explores the importance of adaptive reuse in green construction. Wong, a practicing architect, leads the Department of Interior Architecture at RISD. Find out more about her here.

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