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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


August 20, 2015
The University of Cape Town's Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a paleobiologist and a global expert on the microscopic structure of the bones of extinct and extant vertebrates. In today's Academic Minute, as part of Women in STEM Week, Chinsamy-Turan explores her research into dinosaur fossils.
August 19, 2015
Engineering innovations are going to keep babies warm -- thus saving their young lives. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Gillian Ryan discusses her work for a start-up that makes nonelectric incubating blankets to help fight infant mortality in areas without access to electricity.
August 18, 2015
Can medication used to treat alcoholism be repurposed for other medical conditions? In today's Academic Minute, part of Women in STEM Week, Duke University's Gayathri Devi explores this possibility.
August 17, 2015
A heavy metal known as cadmium is a common environmental pollutant and is thought to increase the risk of chronic diseases like cancer. In today’s Academic Minute, as part of Women in STEM Week, George Washington University’s Ami Zota explains a new study on cadmium and its connection to accelerated aging of human cells.
August 14, 2015
If your kids are lying to you, it might be an indicator of intelligence. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Tracy Packiam Alloway discusses the psychology behind the lies of children.


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