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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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December 1, 2014
The animal kingdom is a frequent inspiration for engineers. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Alfred Crosby discusses how he has created a super-sticky adhesive modeled after the feet of a gecko.
November 26, 2014
Lately, the topic of immigration is in the news every single day. In today’s Academic Minute, we turn to history, as Jason Silverman of Winthrop University discusses Abraham Lincoln’s stances on the subject. Silverman, a specialist in the history of the Old South and Civil War, is the inaugural Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professor of History at Winthrop.
November 25, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Allison D. Redlich profiles mental health courts.
November 24, 2014
Scientific inspiration sometimes comes from strange places. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's James Hanna discusses the physics of whirling dervishes.
November 20, 2014
Viewing Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through a modern lens opens up some very interesting interpretations. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Hong Kong's Douglas Kerr discusses the legendary author’s work with a contemporary context.

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