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 24, 2014
You may be surprised to learn of the widespread uses of helium. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater explains the wide application of this chemical element and why its days of filling party balloons may be coming to an end.

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April 23, 2014
It has been 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. In today’s Academic Minute, Colgate University's Susan Thomson explores life in the African nation since those tragic days.
April 22, 2014
How does depression affect one's personal goals? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Liverpool's Joanne Dickson analyzes the personal goals of people with depression and people who have never suffered from the mood disorder to study the results.

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October 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Sharon Kim of Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School explores the psychological response that often turns social outsiders into successful entrepreneurs.
October 18, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Loyola University of Chicago's David Shoham describes how an adolescent’s circle of friends can influence his or her weight and health.
October 17, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Harry Ostrer of Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine examines how genetic analysis is shedding light on the global history of entire peoples.
October 16, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's David Bottjer discusses how past periods of global warming caused mass extinctions and how similar patterns are appearing in the oceans today.
October 15, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Warwick's Tim Lockley explains why 19th-century yellow fever epidemics hit some segments of Savannah’s population harder than others.

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