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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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Pasquerella is the former president of Mount Holyoke College.

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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


October 13, 2014
Criminals better start wearing hairnets! In today's Academic Minute, Queen’s University in Canada's Diane Beauchemin discusses her work on furthering forensic hair identification techniques.
October 10, 2014
Can interaction with horses hold the key to helping those afflicted with psychological disorders? In today's Academic Minute, North Dakota State University's Erika Berg explores the therapeutic benefits of horses.
October 9, 2014
One of the top priorities in the medical field is diagnosing and stopping the growth of cancer. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Georgia's Ying Xu discusses his study of hypoxia, an affliction thought to be related to the development of cancer.
October 8, 2014
A few weeks ago, The Academic Minute featured research touting the health benefits of green space. In today's Academic Minute, we feature the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Kristen Malecki, whose research focuses on the lack of green space awareness.
October 7, 2014
Advances in technology are allowing some people to hear and even create music for the first time. In today's Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Feilin Hsiao explains how cochlear implants engage the hearing impaired musically.


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