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.

Archive

December 24, 2012
This week we’ll be featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.
December 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Connie Shemo explores the connection between the women’s foreign mission movement of the early twentieth century and two pioneering female doctors.
December 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Purdue University's Ian Kaplan explains the complex ecological and biological relationship between predators and their prey.
December 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Timothy Lyons of the University of California at Riverside examines the complex history of the Earth’s oxygen-rich oceans.
December 18, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh's Carlos Badenes explores the origin of one of the scientific revolution’s most important astronomical events.

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