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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.


October 8, 2015
Is armed conflict leading to cleaner air? In today's Academic Minute, Mainz University's Jos Lelieveld explores how we’re learning about this possible environmental change from outer space.
October 7, 2015
What do you know about neutrinos? In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Brianna Mount looks to help scientists learn more about these elusive particles.
October 6, 2015
Can you put too much trust in technology? In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's Richard Pak examines when relying on computers has unintended consequences.


July 31, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Jeremy Grabbe of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh explains that there are some types of brain function that improve with age.
July 30, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Sheffield's Hannah Dugdale examines the underrepresentation of women as presenters at top-tier academic conferences.
July 29, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Angie Willey describes the assumptions behind current interpretations of how biology influences monogamy and pair bonding.
July 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, New York University's Richard Borowsky examines the connection between sleep and the loss of vision in cave-dwelling fish species.
July 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Kelly Holley-Bockelmann examines the evidence for a violent merger of the Milky Way with another galaxy.


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