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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 7, 2014
Reading online reviews of a restaurant before heading out for a meal is commonplace in today’s digital world. In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Dan Jurafsky describes some common tropes present in many online reviews.
August 6, 2014
Harnessing the full potential of solar power might indeed solve the world’s ongoing energy crisis -- but this is much easier said than done. In today's Academic MInute, the University of Surrey's Radu Sporea discusses the potential obstacles.
August 5, 2014
Our understanding of how cells function is growing every day. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Sean J. Morrison explains how a new technique for understanding the way stem cells function reveals new clues about aging.
August 4, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Australian National University's Robert Burne discusses his study of stevensite, a mineral found on both Mars and Earth.
August 1, 2014
Fractals are naturally occurring patterns that replicate in a self-similar manner. In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's David Pincus explains how understanding fractal patterns can tell us about our psychology.


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