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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.


February 19, 2016
Communication is a big component in the health of mother-daughter relationships. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Haley Kranstuber Horstman details how telling their stories to their mothers can help daughters through rough periods in their lives.
February 18, 2016
Does a deeper voice lead to better chances of reproducing for male howler monkeys? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Utah's Leslie Knapp determines that female howler monkeys might want to stay away from the Barry Whites of the bunch.
February 17, 2016
Cuba is undergoing changes in the wake of new travel policies by the U.S. In today's Academic Minute, Towson University's Tobin Porterfield explains how his students got to Cuba before the change.
February 16, 2016
How long does it take for a species to evolve? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alaska at Anchorage's Emily Lescak explores how one freshwater fish shows evolution can take place much faster than previously thought.
February 15, 2016
Having a toxic worker on your staff can cause big problems. In today's Academic Minute, Harvard University's Dylan Minor explores the cost of having even one person bringing down the office.


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