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 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.
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.

Archive

January 25, 2011
n today’s Academic Minute, the University of Albany's Robert Geer discusses how the ability to manipulate atoms and create new materials is at the heart of humanity’s technological future. Geer is vice president for academic affairs at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Find out more about him here.
January 24, 2011
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Mary Ellen O’Connell examines the Central Intelligence Agency's use of armed drones and the implications of their wider use by the United States and other countries. O'Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at Notre Dame, is author of The Power and Purpose of International Law. You can find out more about her here.
January 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Arkansas' Edmund Harriss examines the importance of tiling to current and historical mathematics. Harriss is a visiting professor in the mathematics department at Arkansas' Fayetteville campus. Find out more about him here.
January 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Harvard University's James Simpson leads you on a search for the real Sir Thomas More. Simpson is the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard.
January 19, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Skidmore College's Gordon Thompson examines the cultural and technological borrowing that made the music of the 1960s British Invasion possible and why its popularity is now multigenerational. Thompson, a professor of music at Skidmore, is author of the forthcoming "The Beatles in Process." Find out more about him here.

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