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.

April 18, 2014
Prejudice is a highly complicated and nuanced concept. In today’s Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jessica Remedios explores the perplexing issue by taking a look at the variables present in nearly all social interactions.

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April 17, 2014
The leatherback turtle population is getting some much needed help. In today’s Academic Minute, John Roe of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke discusses continuing efforts to revitalize the leatherback population.
April 16, 2014
What is left after a star explodes and dies? The answer is a neutron star. In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University's Victoria Kaspi discusses the structure of a specific type of neutron star called a magnetar.

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April 1, 2014
Whether you realize it or not, we use distance metaphors every day. In today’s Academic Minute, Dartmouth College's Thalia Wheatley explores the way humans use figurative language to convey abstract ideas.
March 31, 2014
Despite all the advances in technology, Mother Nature remains our most skilled engineer. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Craig Vierra is trying to replicate spider silk.
March 28, 2014
What can we extrapolate from the cries of a baby? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Neil Johnson examined the patterns of children's cries and uses that information to make some interesting conclusions.
March 27, 2014
The complexity of human culture is highly nuanced. In today’s Academic Minute, Newcastle University's Daniel Nettle examines striking cultural differences even in people living geographically close to one another.
March 26, 2014
Tourism and industry, in some locations, have a tangled and complicated relationship. In today’s Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Veronica Davidov examines the interesting symbiosis these two unrelated fields can have.

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