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 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.
July 24, 2014
Eager parents looking to aid their children’s education might take a hard look at their methodologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Keith Robinson explains the educational benefits that occur when parents directly help their children learn.

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June 17, 2014
The Affordable Care Act extends health care benefits to people who are currently incarcerated. In today's Academic Minute, George Washington University's Marsha Regenstein explains how the law will benefit inmates in the short and long term.
June 16, 2014
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the University of Minnesota's Avner Ben-Ner said “a little bit of walking is useful because it means there’s more blood flow to the brain.” In today's Academic Minute, Ben-Ner discusses the physiological impact that treadmill desks may have on the health of employees.
June 13, 2014
As with most art, musical ability and talent is difficult to measure. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of London's Daniel Müllensiefen uses some interesting metrics to quantify an individual's musicality.
June 12, 2014
There's a wide array of kids products and videos claiming to be educational. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Matt Lapierre explores the effectiveness of marketing in spite of the lack of observable results.
June 11, 2014
Alternative tobacco products are on the rise. In today’s Academic Minute, Stanford University's Keith Humphreys describes a form of smokeless tobacco that is catching on overseas.

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