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

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.
September 18, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Florida Institute of Technology's Richard Aronson discusses the connection between coral growth and El Niño.
September 17, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of California at Riverside's David Kisailus examines how understanding the structure of a powerful little shrimp could lead to materials that are both stronger and lighter.
September 14, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Larisa DeSantis explores the evolutionary strategy that allowed mammals to survive multiple shifts in the Earth’s climate.
September 13, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Georgia's Richard Lankau reveals how some native plants are responding to an ecological shift caused by invasive species.

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