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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

March 3, 2015
When one thinks of Vikings, lavish dinner parties are probably not the first thing that come to mind. But in today's Academic Minute, Baylor University's Davide Zori tells us that vikings were really into parties.
March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.
February 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

Archive

October 10, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Leicester's Norman Housley explores what a recent archaeological discovery could mean for our understanding of one of England’s most maligned monarchs.
October 9, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Ernst de Mooij explains how we can explore the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system without ever leaving Earth.
October 8, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Keith Ashley describes what life was like for Native Americans at the earliest Spanish missions.
October 5, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Paul Keim discusses how DNA analysis can be used to trace anthrax outbreaks to their original sources. Keim is Regents’ Professor and Cowden Chair of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona, where his teaching and research interests are focused on the genetic analysis of bacteria, fungi, birds, and plants. Find out more about him here.
October 4, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Bärbel Hönisch of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory describes how rising levels of CO2 are not only warming the atmosphere, but accelerating the acidification of the oceans as well.

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