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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.

PROGRAMS

April 2, 2015
The spectrum of human sexuality is shifting. In today's Academic Minute, K.J. Rawson of the College of The Holy Cross explores the benefits of a digital transgender archive.
April 1, 2015
Humans are living much longer lives and as this trend continues, it presents interesting shifts in the family structure. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Patricia Drentea discusses the changing face of the modern family.
March 31, 2015
What’s the first thing you noticed about the opposite sex? As it turns out, that might depend on what you’re looking for. In today's Academic Minute, Western Oregon University's Jaime Cloud profiles human mating psychology. Cloud is an evolutionary psychologist at Western Oregon. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

Archive

December 5, 2014
Smart phones are everywhere these days. In today's Academic Minute, Gary Small of the University of California at Los Angeles details the effects increased screen time is having on us, especially among teens.
December 4, 2014
Flowery depictions of transcendent love have inspired some of our finest art. But is our conceptual idealization of love and romance perhaps hurting us? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Spike W. S. Lee frames the shared experience of love in a completely different way.
December 3, 2014
Prisoners face a unique set of health challenges. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY New Paltz's Eve Waltermaurer profiles the need to study criminology and health through an interdisciplinary lens.
December 2, 2014
The manner by which information travels on social media tends to corrode its accuracy. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina's Brian Southwell discusses the disparity of shared information on the Internet.
December 1, 2014
The animal kingdom is a frequent inspiration for engineers. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Alfred Crosby discusses how he has created a super-sticky adhesive modeled after the feet of a gecko.

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