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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.


December 1, 2015
Understanding all facets of the heart is an important part of modern medicine. In today's Academic Minute, McGill University's Alvin Shrier explores his research into combating cardiac arrhythmia.
November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.


August 2, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Maria Uriarte of Columbia University’s Earth Institute explores the use of fire as an agricultural tool in South America.
August 1, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Kerry Clark examiens why Lyme disease is becoming a threat in areas beyond the northeastern United States.
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.


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