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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 Mount Holyoke College.

PROGRAMS

February 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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February 17, 2015
Ian Hawes and his team have a very hard job. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Canterbury lecturer -- who is working with colleagues from Aarhus University and the University of Tasmania -- discusses using underwater drones to map ice algae in Antarctica.
February 16, 2015
As we near the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, are we getting closer to achieving time travel? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Ron Mallett explains why the answer is theoretically yes.
February 13, 2015
Dyslexia is one of the most commonly diagnosed learning disabilities. In today's Academic Minute, Robert Hillier of Norwich University of the Arts discusses Sylexiad, a typeface that can help those afflicted with dyslexia.
February 12, 2015
What does SLC30A10 mean to you? Chances are: not a lot. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Somshuvra Mukhopadhyay explains why SLC30A10 might hold the key to helping battle Parkinson's disease.
February 11, 2015
Do you want to build the world smallest snowman? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Surrey's David Cox did just that in a recent nanotech experiment.

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