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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.

PROGRAMS

January 16, 2017
The lasting impacts of Jim Crow can’t always be seen with our eyes. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Dayton's Ruth Thompson-Miller discusses how some scars are carried on the inside.
January 13, 2017
Do dolphins speak in different dialects? In today's Academic Minute, Winthrop University's William Rogers examines river dolphins in Peru to answer this question.
January 12, 2017
What can fruit flies tell us about ourselves? In today's Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Prashanth Rangan delves into this question.

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June 16, 2014
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the University of Minnesota's Avner Ben-Ner said “a little bit of walking is useful because it means there’s more blood flow to the brain.” In today's Academic Minute, Ben-Ner discusses the physiological impact that treadmill desks may have on the health of employees.
June 13, 2014
As with most art, musical ability and talent is difficult to measure. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of London's Daniel Müllensiefen uses some interesting metrics to quantify an individual's musicality.
June 12, 2014
There's a wide array of kids products and videos claiming to be educational. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Matt Lapierre explores the effectiveness of marketing in spite of the lack of observable results.
June 11, 2014
Alternative tobacco products are on the rise. In today’s Academic Minute, Stanford University's Keith Humphreys describes a form of smokeless tobacco that is catching on overseas.
June 10, 2014
The Bering Strait is usually thought of as the migratory path whereby many of our ancestors found their way to America. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Utah's Dennis O'Rourke seeks clues that might indicate a people indigenous to this area.

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