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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.


May 29, 2015
The future of the coastline depends on more than just sand and water. In today's Academic Minute, Dylan McNamara of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington explores the dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems and how they apply to coastal communities and property value.
May 28, 2015
Droughts have been in the news a great deal of late.  In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's A. Park Williams discusses how his work on trees has helped him learn a great deal about droughts in the process.
May 27, 2015
Blueberries are delicious, but aside from their palatable flavor, eating them comes with some great health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Sarah Johnson touts the  benefits of consuming blueberries.
May 26, 2015
Discussions of climate change are everywhere. In today's Academic Minute, Michael Rawlins of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst explores climate change in the context of last winter, one of the coldest on record for the northeastern United States.
May 25, 2015
Is the history we’re presented actually accurate? In today's Academic Minute, American Military University's Jon Mikolashek critiques false historical narratives.


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