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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.


March 16, 2018
Can you learn while sleeping? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, Northwestern University's Sadie Witkowski delves into whether our brains are still working while we doze.
March 15, 2018
How do we protect supply chains with many hands in the pie? In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Scott Shackelford looks into the security technology behind Bitcoin for advice.
March 14, 2018
Can knitting be used as an act of defiance? In today's Academic Minute, Colgate University's Jennifer LeMesurier describes how hands in motion can help make a commotion. LeMesurier is a professor of writing and rhetoric at Colgate. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.


November 2, 2015
How would you rate your friends? In today's Academic Minute, Northeastern University's Joseph Reagle explains how a new app may be pushing the boundaries of our online culture.
October 30, 2015
What sound does a spider make? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Cincinnati's George Uetz tells us all about purring spiders.
October 29, 2015
Urban development is not unlike Newton’s law of gravitation. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger describes this notion with a fascinating analogy.
October 28, 2015
The Witness Project is helping more women get tested for breast cancer. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's Rachel Mayo explores how reaching out to African-American women is key in fighting this disease.
October 27, 2015
Our need to be social starts at birth. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Darcia Narvaez informs us that receiving companionship as an infant can lead to emotional well-being as an adult.


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