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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

September 26, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Syracuse University's Jason Fridley explores how and when many invasive plants outcompete indigenous species.
September 25, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Jodi Magness describes an ongoing archaeological dig in Israel that recently unearthed an ancient mosaic floor. Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
September 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Texas A&M University's Darryl de Ruiter discusses what we can lean about the diet of Australopithecus through a chemical analysis of their fossilized teeth.
September 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Johns Hopkins University's Justin Halberda explores how our ability to work with numbers changes over time.
September 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's James Hanson describes how chemistry is being used to combat populations of invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.

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