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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.


January 30, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jose Antonio Mazzotti describes how the indigenous population of Peru responded to the Spanish conquest of the Andes.
January 29, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Colorado at Boulder's Peter McGraw examines what makes jokes about tragic events too soon.
January 28, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Nottingham's Kevin Shakesheff explores an innovation that allows better observations of embryonic development in the lab.
January 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Lincoln's Emile van der Zee describes how dogs attach names to objects.
January 24, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Chicago's Stefano Allesina examines the link between an ecosystem’s diversity and its stability.


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