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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.


June 4, 2014
Metallic screws and plates have long been used in reconstructive medical procedures. In today’s Academic Minute, Tufts University's David Kaplan touts the potential benefit of replacing metal with silk in these surgeries.
June 3, 2014
Facial recognition technology is still in its infancy. In today’s Academic Minute, Louisiana State University's Megan Papesh discusses weakness in a system many people may assume is completely secure.
June 1, 2014
Exposure to trauma doesn't necessarily dictate PTSD for the victim. In today’s Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's Norah Feeny discusses post-traumatic stress disorder to expand on our understanding of the affliction and try to debunk some related myths.
May 30, 2014
Can we accurate codify why things make us laugh? The University of Colorado at Boulder's Peter McGraw draws on his work with Caleb Warren and the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) to answer the question, “What makes things humorous?”
May 29, 2014
Can leading a sedentary lifestyle contribute to depression? In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University's Nancy Low discusses the correlation between these two afflictions.


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