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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 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.
October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
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.


September 15, 2014
The linguistic landscape of the classroom is changing. In today's Academic Minute, Amanda Kibler chronicles the evolving nature of language and learning in this global age.
September 12, 2014
Honey is tasty, but it seems the delicious treat's medical applications go further than once thought. In today's Academic Minute, Salve Regina University's Susan Meschwitz describes her study of the health benefits of honey.
September 11, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Chris Adami describes his research that aims to improve on Stephen Hawking’s landmark theories about the universe.
September 10, 2014
It’s no big secret that washing your hands regularly will help keep you healthy. But in today's Academic Minute, Rutgers University's Don Schaffner tells us that hand washing is an inexact process.
September 9, 2014
Can a conditional economic bump help improve overall health? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Elizabeth Shenkman is tracking the effects of money spent specifically on one’s health.


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