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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 21, 2018
Did the Erie Canal start a religious movement? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's S. Brent Plate looks into this question.
March 20, 2018
Is help on the way for those affected by fetal alcohol syndrome? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, New York University's Monica Lewin examines how a drug to treat bipolar disorder could have a positive side effect.
March 19, 2018
“You are what you eat” just got more prophetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Jack Tseng examines how the shape of your head might be determined by what goes in your mouth.


May 13, 2015
This universe of ours is pretty big, and it might be bigger than we think. In today's Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Heidi Newberg discusses her study of the size of the galaxy.
May 12, 2015
The nature of your surroundings might dictate your desires. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Utah's Ryan Schacht explains how our reproductive goals relate to availability.
May 11, 2015
Do you always understand exactly what you’re signing? In today's Academic Minute, St. John's University's Jeff Sovern discusses the contracts we all tend to sign without really reading.
May 8, 2015
Translation doesn’t always accurately convey the original writer’s intent. In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Kathleen Hart discusses the nature of creating meaningful translations.
May 7, 2015
New tools are helping archaeologists better preserve their findings. In today's Academic Minute, Saint Anselm College's Mary Kate Donais describes her work with x-ray fluorescent technology that is very useful at dig sites.


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