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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 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.
November 26, 2015
Geese and turkeys used to have a lot more to do. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's Phillip Sponenberg profiles the essential duties these birds used to perform.


March 13, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Arizona's Rebecca Fisher examines how a species of lizard is able to regenerate their self-amputated tails.
March 12, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Rebecca Knickmeyer explores how an infant’s brain can display signs of future neurological disorders.
March 11, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Hans Hofmann discusses the genetic basis of common behaviors found in distantly related species.
March 8, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Matthew Gilg describes what reproduction between diverging species has to teach us about evolution.
March 7, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Temple University's David Schuff examines how your posts to various social media platforms are making traditional political polls obsolete.


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