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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.


October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.
October 1, 2015
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University-Bloomington's Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out.
September 30, 2015
Are you deceiving yourself? In today's Academic Minute: the State University of New York at Albany's Jason D’Cruz confronts the complexity of self-deception.


November 26, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Manhattan College's Margaret Groarke explores the trend of high voter turnout among youthful voters.
November 21, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Daniel Lidar examines why diamonds may be the key to quantum computing.
November 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Wyoming's Sora Kim discusses how scientists are using advanced technology to understand the diet of the elusive white shark.
November 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Zachary Blount examines how scientists have observed bacteria evolve new capabilities over thousands of generations.
November 16, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh's Michael Sayette examines how alcohol influences social interactions between strangers.


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