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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 9, 2016
What we think of as common-sense morality may need some updating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Waterloo's John Turri explains how what we ought to do might not always be what we can do.
February 8, 2016
Regular sexual activity can be a boon to your immune system. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Tierney Lorenz discusses her research into sex and the immune system.
February 5, 2016
Clemson University was built by those who could never attend the college. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson's Rhondda Robinson Thomas discusses the enslaved people who helped build the institution and why it’s necessary to paint the full picture of such a history.

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January 28, 2016
Classical conditioning might not have worked on Pavlov’s dog if there had been more than one stimulus. In today's Academic Minute, Lund University's Germund Hesslow discusses how multiple stimuli can make each association weaker.
January 27, 2016
Our country’s annual medical bill for treating anxiety is huge. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Illinois's Florin Dolcos explains a discovery that may trigger a new treatment for the millions of American suffering from this affliction.
January 26, 2016
Reducing heart failures in the U.S. could save millions of people. In today's Academic Minute, New York Institute of Technology's Martin Gerdes delves into a new treatment that could help us live longer and better lives.
January 25, 2016
Hitting the gym can pump up your muscles -- and also your skeleton. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina's Janet Rubin explains that exercise can determine whether stem cells become bone or fat.
January 22, 2016
Being more self-involved may also mean being more empathetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Brick Johnstone discusses his research into empathy and self-awareness.

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