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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.


August 24, 2015
Don’t put away your dustpan just yet -- housework has health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University’s Kathy Wright touts the benefits of cleaning up.
August 21, 2015
The seasonal usage of mistletoe is better known than anything about the plant itself. In today's Academic Minute, part of Women in STEM Week, Indiana University's Elizabeth Skippington explores the darker side of the iconic holiday decoration.
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.


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