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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March 3, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Houston's Daphne Hernandez discusses the role depression plays in creating food insecurity.
March 1, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Gabriel Rossman of the University of California at Los Angeles discusses the economic risks faced by filmmakers seeking to win Academy Awards. Rossman is an associate professor of sociology at UCLA. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 27, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Oregon's Elliot Berkman discusses the limits of brain training.
February 26, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater finishes his three-day examination of the chemistry of the show "Breaking Bad." Leadbeater concludes the series with an examination of one of Walter White’s Greatest Escapes.
February 25, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater continues his examination of the chemistry of the show "Breaking Bad." Today he discusses Walter White's use of acids to make evidence disappear.

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