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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


September 30, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Northwestern University's Nicolas Cowan explores how cloud cover moderates the temperature of tidally locked exoplanets orbiting red dwarf starts.
September 27, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Arlington's Jodi Tommerdahl examines efforts to understand how children use language in different social settings.
September 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Purdue University's Michael Vuolo explores how smokers can influence a family member’s decision to pick up the habit.
September 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Kenneth Noll discusses why termites would not be a threat to your home without the help of microbes.
September 24, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Oxford's Tamar Makin examines how the brain creates pain in phantom limbs. Makin is a postdoctoral research fellow in Oxford's functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain unit. Find out more about her here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.


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