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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

February 8, 2016
Regular sexual activity can be a boon to your immune system. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Tierney Lorenz discusses her research into sex and the immune system.
February 5, 2016
Clemson University was built by those who could never attend the college. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson's Rhondda Robinson Thomas discusses the enslaved people who helped build the institution and why it’s necessary to paint the full picture of such a history.
February 4, 2016
Chemotherapy can save lives but also be debilitating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of British Columbia's Mads Daugaard explains how a sugar protein may be the answer to an easier method of treating cancer.

Archive

November 6, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, William Powell of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry explores how genetic modification can save trees from blight.
November 5, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Chapman University's Ali Nayeri explains the explanatory power of string theory cosmology.
November 4, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Essex's Arnold Wilkins examines the evolutionary origin of a strange phobia.
November 1, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Empire State College's Elaine Handley examines the long literary tradition of writing about inanimate objects.
October 31, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Arizona State University's Douglas Kenrick examines why irrational behavior can appear rational when viewed from an evolutionary perspective.

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