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 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.
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.

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June 25, 2014
Racism isn’t always an overt display of prejudiced behavior or language. In today's Academic Minute, Oakton Community College's Keith Johnson discusses microaggression, small acts and subtle behavior that may be interpreted as racially biased.
June 24, 2014
Farmers want to maximize the land where they cultivate their crops. But in today's Academic Minute, Colorado State University's Meagan Schipanski suggests that it might be beneficial to alternate planting cash crops with cover crops.
June 23, 2014
Does profit sharing improve the community at large? In today’s Academic Minute, Duke University's Jane Costello explains a 1994 experiment in which a tribe of Cherokee Indians opened a casino and shared the profits directly with the community.
June 20, 2014
When attending a sporting event, snacking on a hot dog or grabbing a soda at the game is a longstanding spectator tradition. The University of Iowa's Helena Laroche described what happens when she made some changes to the menu during selected sporting events.
June 19, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Dartmouth College's Nathaniel Dominy discusses his research on an evolutionary understanding of how humans and primates eat.

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