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

August 1, 2014
Fractals are naturally occurring patterns that replicate in a self-similar manner. In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's David Pincus explains how understanding fractal patterns can tell us about our psychology.
July 31, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Concordia University's Peter Jaskiewicz discusses how tightly held family businesses -- which often fill leadership jobs internally -- might benefit from outside hires.
July 30, 2014
Some people are inherently pessimistic. Others tend to focus on the positive and maintain a sunny optimism. In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Jason Moser digs into the science of this aspect of human nature.

Archive

February 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, SUNY Albany's Andrea Habura discusses the importance of single-celled organisms called protists. Habura is an assistant professor at Albany.
February 15, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Lehigh University's Holona Ochs explores how we decide when to tip and how social factors influence the amount. Ochs is an assistant professor of political science.
February 14, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Pepperdine University's Dyron Daughrity reveals the religious and cultural origins of Valentine’s Day. Daughrity, an assistant professor of religion, is author of The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History of a Borderless Religion. Find out more about him here.
February 11, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Western New England College's John Baick examines photographs of Abraham Lincoln and explores what they tell us about his experience as a wartime president. Baick is associate professor of history at Western New England; find out In today’s Academic Minute, Western New England College's John Baick examines photographs of Abraham Lincoln and explores what they tell us about his experience as a wartime president. Baick is associate professor of history at Western New England; find out more about him here.more about him here.
February 10, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Duke University's Dan Ariely discusses the purely economic side of decisions about Valentine’s Day gifts. Ariely, the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke, is author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality. Find out more about him here.

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