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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.


December 1, 2015
Understanding all facets of the heart is an important part of modern medicine. In today's Academic Minute, McGill University's Alvin Shrier explores his research into combating cardiac arrhythmia.
November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.


October 18, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, New Jersey Institute of Technology's Gareth Russell explores the number of endangered tropical bird species. Russell is an associate professor of biological sciences at NJIT, where his research seeks to understand how complex ecological systems work. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 17, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Royal Holloway University's Lloyd White describes revisions to the map of the supercontinent Gondwana.
October 16, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Cornelia Class explores the importance of rare earth elements in the manufacture of electronics.
October 15, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Baylor University's Keith Sanford examines the psychology behind the average domestic argument.
October 14, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Winthrop University's Matthew Heard explores the threat diseases pose to endangered species.


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