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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


November 12, 2015
Athletes from different cultures play the game for different reasons. In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Emilia Flint studies how athletes from group cultures differ from those of individual ones.
November 11, 2015
Do birds have a sense of smell? In today's Academic Minute, St. John Fisher College's Gregory Cunningham tells us that his research with penguins may turn the tide on this debate.
November 10, 2015
Not all medical treatments are created equal. In today's Academic Minute, Temple University's Miriam Solomon tells us how precision medicine may change how certain diseases are treated.
November 9, 2015
Immigrants can be portrayed as criminals in the public sphere. In today's Academic Minute, Christopher Salas-Wright of the University of Texas explains how his research undercuts that mischaracterization.
November 6, 2015
What do comic novels and medical literature have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Queensborough Community College's Kathleen Alves explains how these very different forms of literature came to prominence at the same time.


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