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 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.
July 24, 2014
Eager parents looking to aid their children’s education might take a hard look at their methodologies. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Keith Robinson explains the educational benefits that occur when parents directly help their children learn.

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September 25, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Jodi Magness describes an ongoing archaeological dig in Israel that recently unearthed an ancient mosaic floor. Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
September 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Texas A&M University's Darryl de Ruiter discusses what we can lean about the diet of Australopithecus through a chemical analysis of their fossilized teeth.
September 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Johns Hopkins University's Justin Halberda explores how our ability to work with numbers changes over time.
September 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's James Hanson describes how chemistry is being used to combat populations of invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.
September 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Sid McGuirk explores how the air traffic control system is able to track and maintain the safety of thousand of daily flights.

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