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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

March 4, 2015
Is your church in favor of same-sex marriage? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Maurice Gattis examines the effects of pro-LGBT stances held by religious institutions.
March 3, 2015
When one thinks of Vikings, lavish dinner parties are probably not the first thing that come to mind. But in today's Academic Minute, Baylor University's Davide Zori tells us that vikings were really into parties.
March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.

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February 20, 2015
Joseph Bonaparte is probably most notably known as Napoleon’s older brother, but his cultural significance goes much further than his famous family. In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Richard Veit profiles Point Breeze, the lavish garden Bonaparte brought to life on his New Jersey estate.
February 19, 2015
We’re still trying to figure what consciousness is exactly. In today's Academic Minute, Wichita State University's Elizabeth Behrman discusses her effort to create an artificial neural network.
February 18, 2015
Playing fetch with the family dog might have some far reaching benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Megan Mueller explores the bonds of human-animal relationships. Mueller is a research assistant professor at Tufts's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
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.

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