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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.


July 6, 2015
Sleep training might offer some interesting health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Minnesota's Michael Howell discusses the importance of sleep training.
July 2, 2015
Don’t get scared, but the threat of ticks is growing. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Keith Clay details the increasing presence of these insects.
July 1, 2015
How does a black hole die? In today's Academic Minute, Bard College's Hal Haggard describes the life cycle of black holes.
June 30, 2015
More and more people appear to be leaving their religious communities. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Northern Colorado's Josh Packard discusses our relationship with religion.
June 29, 2015
Atrial fibrillation is all too common. In today's Academic MInute, Duke University's Emily O’Brien describes her work to treat the cardiac condition.


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