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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.


October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


August 14, 2014
The typical Hollywood depiction of a volcano might be visually stunning, but it’s not very accurate. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Davis's Kari Cooper provides a more realistic portrayal of what happens deep in the belly of a volcano.
August 13, 2014
A lot is being written about the psychological effects of social media. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Pamela K. Keel describes her research on the association between Facebook and a higher propensity for developing an eating disorder.
August 12, 2014
Naturally, species react differently to climate change. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Michigan's Mark Hunter discusses his observations of forest moths over a landmark 30-year study.
August 11, 2014
The old saying goes: you are what you eat -- which appears to carry through into the microbial content of one’s gastrointestinal tract. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Nevada Las Vegas's Alyssa Crittenden compares the bacteria living inside an indigenous African tribe with that of an urban dwelling control group to study the differences.
August 8, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Sarah Lawrence College's Michelle Hersh discusses the unlikely relationship between ticks and white-footed mice -- though the ticks carry Lyme disease, the population of white-footed mice appears to be unharmed.


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