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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.

PROGRAMS

November 22, 2017
Hiding your failures is common but may not beneficial if you’re a scientist. In today's Academic Minute, Haverford College's Joshua Schrier explores dark reactions and what the failures of an experiment can teach us.
November 21, 2017
The environment plays a huge part in wine making -- what about beer? In today's Academic Minute, College of the Holy Cross's Daina Harvey discusses why gout de terroir isn’t just for wineries.
November 20, 2017
Is it OK to be a social smoker? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Kate Gawlik examines whether being a part-time smoker is just as dangerous as lighting up regularly.

Archive

February 19, 2015
We’re still trying to figure what consciousness is exactly. In today's Academic Minute, Wichita State University's Elizabeth Behrman discusses her effort to create an artificial neural network.
February 18, 2015
Playing fetch with the family dog might have some far reaching benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Megan Mueller explores the bonds of human-animal relationships. Mueller is a research assistant professor at Tufts's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
February 17, 2015
Ian Hawes and his team have a very hard job. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Canterbury lecturer -- who is working with colleagues from Aarhus University and the University of Tasmania -- discusses using underwater drones to map ice algae in Antarctica.
February 16, 2015
As we near the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, are we getting closer to achieving time travel? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Ron Mallett explains why the answer is theoretically yes.
February 13, 2015
Dyslexia is one of the most commonly diagnosed learning disabilities. In today's Academic Minute, Robert Hillier of Norwich University of the Arts discusses Sylexiad, a typeface that can help those afflicted with dyslexia.

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