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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.

PROGRAMS

May 25, 2016
How do you hide from predators in the open ocean? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Molly Cummings explains how fish use polarized light to disappear from view.
May 24, 2016
Female terrorists are used partly for their shock value. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Lori Poloni-Staudinger explores how the idea of women as peaceful life givers makes their attacks stand out more than those by their male counterparts.
May 23, 2016
Are some of the earliest building blocks of the universe making their way to Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Chris Wrede discusses how pre-solar grains inside meteorites are giving us a rare up-close look into the workings of the solar system.

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March 4, 2016
Cats are the stars of the Internet. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Jessica Gall Myrick explores why cat videos are so popular.
March 3, 2016
Not all species on this planet treat parenthood the same way humans do. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Exeter's Paul Hopwood discusses his research on burying beetles and whether smaller or larger beetles are better parents.
March 2, 2016
Should infants be learning language from electronic toys? In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Anna Sosa compares the quality of interaction between children and electronic toys with the quality of their interactions with books and more traditional toys.
March 1, 2016
You may know your morning routine like the back of your hand, but some people struggle with ordinary tasks. In today's Academic Minute, Brown University's David Badre says that examining how the brain puts tasks in the right order can help people who have difficulty with day-to-day routines.
February 29, 2016
Ski resorts aren’t the only ones that depend on a good base of snow in the winter. In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's Justin Mankin describes how a changing climate may change the way cultures get their water in the spring and summer.

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