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 21, 2014
The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Jayanth Banavar describes how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.

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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.
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.

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February 11, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of California at Berkeley's Philip Marcus explores the persistence of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
February 10, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, James Gibbs of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry explores the plight of the snow leopard.
February 7, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of York's Kevin Walsh explores the history of the human occupation of Europe’s alpine region.
February 6, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Benjamin Black of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzes the connection between volcanism and one of the largest extinctions in Earth’s history.
February 5, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Jennifer Neal explores the assumptions that many children have about friendship and gender.

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