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 25, 2014
Does the pain felt by an infant affect them later in life? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Anne Murphy discusses the relationship between pain felt as an infant and the related long-term effects.

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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.
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.

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August 28, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Rachel Gross of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University examines how fears about not having enough to eat can contribute to obesity.
August 27, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Grand Valley State University's Luke Galen explores the connection between social wellbeing and various degrees of religious belief.
August 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Ruth DeFries discusses what we can learn about how humans have altered the landscape when we view the Earth from above.
August 23, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Oregon State University's Bill Ripple examines the important role large predators play in the health of any ecosystem.
August 22, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Queen’s University's Larry Widrow describes the evidence for a galactic shakeup, right in our cosmic backyard.

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