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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

May 2, 2016
Examining how bones bounce back after breaking may help us build machines. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Chris Hernandez delves into how bones heal themselves and return to their original function.
April 29, 2016
Can you call someone the greatest of all time when not all people were allowed to play? In today's Academic Minute, Louisiana State University's Lori Martin discusses how racism has tinged this question since the early days of major competitive sports.
April 28, 2016
It pays to be a team player. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Central Florida's Steven Whiting examines how being part of the team can lead to a bigger payday from your employer.

Archive

April 3, 2014
A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results. In today's Academic Minute, University of Laval's Frederic Bouchard discusses the climate models of many areas across Canada and makes predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.
April 2, 2014
The undersea discovery of a large seep of methane in the North Atlantic may hold the key to learning a great deal about the underwater ecosystem.
April 1, 2014
Whether you realize it or not, we use distance metaphors every day. In today’s Academic Minute, Dartmouth College's Thalia Wheatley explores the way humans use figurative language to convey abstract ideas.
March 31, 2014
Despite all the advances in technology, Mother Nature remains our most skilled engineer. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Craig Vierra is trying to replicate spider silk.
March 28, 2014
What can we extrapolate from the cries of a baby? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Neil Johnson examined the patterns of children's cries and uses that information to make some interesting conclusions.

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