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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.


March 20, 2018
Is help on the way for those affected by fetal alcohol syndrome? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, New York University's Monica Lewin examines how a drug to treat bipolar disorder could have a positive side effect.
March 19, 2018
“You are what you eat” just got more prophetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Jack Tseng examines how the shape of your head might be determined by what goes in your mouth.
March 16, 2018
Can you learn while sleeping? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, Northwestern University's Sadie Witkowski delves into whether our brains are still working while we doze.


March 11, 2016
Could watching Law & Order: SVU make you less likely to commit a sexual crime? In today's Academic Minute, Washington State University's Stacey J. T. Hust wonders whether TV crime shows affect the intentions of viewers who watch them.
March 10, 2016
Did our hands evolve for use as weapons? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Utah's David Carrier explains how the evolution of our hands led to the fist being an effective form of protection.
March 9, 2016
Did you get your flu shot this year? In today's Academic Minute, Lancaster University's Derek Gatherer explores the history of influenza and what it may teach us about preventing this disease in the future.
March 8, 2016
Food insecurity is becoming a big issue on college campuses. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin's Sara Goldrick-Rab describes her research on this topic.
March 7, 2016
Accidents on the slopes and streets lead to broken bones each winter. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh's Prashant Kumta details a new material that could help the body heal without the use of steel screws or plates.


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