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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.


October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.
October 1, 2015
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University-Bloomington's Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out.
September 30, 2015
Are you deceiving yourself? In today's Academic Minute: the State University of New York at Albany's Jason D’Cruz confronts the complexity of self-deception.


October 3, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Buffalo's Shermali Gunawardena explores how traffic moves along the neuronal highways in the brain.
October 2, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Anthony Kontos describes when athletes playing youth sports are most likely to receive a concussion.
October 1, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Alberta's Yagesh Bhambhani discusses why hands-free cell phone use makes driving dangerous.
September 30, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Northwestern University's Nicolas Cowan explores how cloud cover moderates the temperature of tidally locked exoplanets orbiting red dwarf starts.
September 27, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Arlington's Jodi Tommerdahl examines efforts to understand how children use language in different social settings.


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