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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 21, 2018
Did the Erie Canal start a religious movement? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's S. Brent Plate looks into this question.
March 20, 2018
Is help on the way for those affected by fetal alcohol syndrome? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, New York University's Monica Lewin examines how a drug to treat bipolar disorder could have a positive side effect.
March 19, 2018
“You are what you eat” just got more prophetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Jack Tseng examines how the shape of your head might be determined by what goes in your mouth.


July 23, 2015
The next big economic power might not be where you’d expect it. In today's Academic Minute, Drake University's Jeffrey A. Kappen profiles the burgeoning market places of the Middle East.
July 22, 2015
College admissions can be a formidable process. In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Robert Kelchen discusses ways to improve the efficiency of getting into school.
July 21, 2015
Are we more or less stressed than our ancestors? In today's Academic Minute, Duke University's William Parker examines this question -- and the results are pretty surprising. Parker is associate professor in the department of surgery at Duke's Medical Center. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
July 20, 2015
Are millennials losing their religion? In today's Academic Minute, San Diego State University's Jean M. Twenge delves into the religious practices of the age group she calls Generation Me.
July 17, 2015
Who fosters the best entrepreneurs? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger provides a close look at the nature of innovation, creativity and the creation of entrepreneurs.


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