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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

August 26, 2016
A city’s flow is key to its vitality. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin Krieger describes the flow ways that go throughout cities and keep the information and people moving.
August 25, 2016
Did you wash the dishes in the sink before work this morning? In today's Academic Minute, Boston University's Howard Eichenbaum discusses how the brain suppresses some memories to better focus on the tasks at hand.
August 24, 2016
Our understanding of the universe is getting smaller and smaller. In today's Academic Minute, Siena College's John Cummings describes neutrinos and why they are so key to our understanding of the cosmos.

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May 24, 2016
Female terrorists are used partly for their shock value. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Lori Poloni-Staudinger explores how the idea of women as peaceful life givers makes their attacks stand out more than those by their male counterparts.
May 23, 2016
Are some of the earliest building blocks of the universe making their way to Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Chris Wrede discusses how pre-solar grains inside meteorites are giving us a rare up-close look into the workings of the solar system.
May 20, 2016
Next time you watch a movie, try to control your eyes. In today’s Academic Minute, Kansas State University’s Lester Loschky discusses how Hollywood directors have become masters at telling our eyes where to look when watching a film.
May 19, 2016
Will President Obama’s recent trip to Cuba help Afro-Cubans? In today's Academic Minute, Louisiana State University's Devyn Spence Benson examines the challenges faced by this ethnic group and whether change is on the horizon on the Caribbean island.
May 18, 2016
Does being addicted to social media make you more depressed? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh's Brian Primack delves into this question.

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