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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.

PROGRAMS

August 25, 2016
Did you wash the dishes in the sink before work this morning? In today's Academic Minute, Boston University's Howard Eichenbaum discusses how the brain suppresses some memories to better focus on the tasks at hand.
August 24, 2016
Our understanding of the universe is getting smaller and smaller. In today's Academic Minute, Siena College's John Cummings describes neutrinos and why they are so key to our understanding of the cosmos.
August 23, 2016
Scientists are developing an actual window to the brain. In today's Academic Minute, Guillermo Aguilar of the University of California, Riverside, discusses transparent skull implants and how they can give scientists a chance to deliver better treatments to their patients.

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July 9, 2014
“They may be more resistant to climate change than we thought,” the University of Utah's Denise Dearing says about pikas. In today's Academic Minute, Dearing, a professor of biology at Utah, describes how the diet of these rabbit-like mammals is changing as they learn to survive amid changes in their environment.
July 8, 2014
When you think “big data,” you may not immediately think of the genetic contents of the deep sea. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Davis's Holly Bik describes her research analyzing sea water in an effort to “barcode the sea.”
July 7, 2014
As increasingly powerful telescopes improve, so does our ability to study the vastness of the galaxy. In today's Academic Minute, Johns Hopkins University's Jason Kalirai explains his specialty in the deepest of deep space studies.
July 3, 2014
Computers are very useful in the classroom, but in the near future, they might be conducting the class. In today’s Academic Minute, Washington State University's Matt Taylor discusses how he is teaching computers how to teach.
July 2, 2014
The Power of Californium Research might change the way we build and store radioactive waste. In today’s Academic Minute, Florida State University's Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt describes his work with atomic element number 98: californium.

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