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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 6, 2015
Can you put too much trust in technology? In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's Richard Pak examines when relying on computers has unintended consequences.
October 5, 2015
Competitive balance on the field and attendance in the stands may not go hand in hand. In today's Academic Minute, Oklahoma City University's Jonathan Willner describes his research into the economics of sports.
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.


August 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Adam Siepel explores why humans and chimpanzees are drastically different despite sharing much of the same DNA.
August 23, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Virginia's Katharine Maus explains the 16th century view of property as revealed in the works William Shakespeare.  
August 22, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Scott Schieman examines why greater work authority can undermine the health benefits that usually come with higher social status.
August 21, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, California Western School of Law's Nancy Kim examines the nature of Internet-based contracts we often agree to without careful consideration. Kim is a professor of law at California Western and a visiting professor in the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. Find out more about her here.
August 20, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Gerald Koudelka explores why some of the most dangerous strains of bacteria can outlive their benign cousins in the wild.


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