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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

September 2, 2015
Is anybody listening to those campaign speeches? In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Adam J. Gaffey analyzes the language used in campaign speeches.
September 1, 2015
New technologies that monitor our environment are proving vital. In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's Pietro Ceccato discusses these new advances.
August 29, 2015
Do violent video games encourage real-life violence? In today's Academic Minute, Stetson University's Chris Ferguson explores this commonly held belief.

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August 21, 2015
The seasonal usage of mistletoe is better known than anything about the plant itself. In today's Academic Minute, part of Women in STEM Week, Indiana University's Elizabeth Skippington explores the darker side of the iconic holiday decoration.
August 20, 2015
The University of Cape Town's Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a paleobiologist and a global expert on the microscopic structure of the bones of extinct and extant vertebrates. In today's Academic Minute, as part of Women in STEM Week, Chinsamy-Turan explores her research into dinosaur fossils.
August 19, 2015
Engineering innovations are going to keep babies warm -- thus saving their young lives. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Gillian Ryan discusses her work for a start-up that makes nonelectric incubating blankets to help fight infant mortality in areas without access to electricity.
August 18, 2015
Can medication used to treat alcoholism be repurposed for other medical conditions? In today's Academic Minute, part of Women in STEM Week, Duke University's Gayathri Devi explores this possibility.
August 17, 2015
A heavy metal known as cadmium is a common environmental pollutant and is thought to increase the risk of chronic diseases like cancer. In today’s Academic Minute, as part of Women in STEM Week, George Washington University’s Ami Zota explains a new study on cadmium and its connection to accelerated aging of human cells.

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