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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 9, 2015
Making healthier food is never easy. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Obach of the State University of New York at New Paltz shows how the organic movement found help from an unlikely source.
October 8, 2015
Is armed conflict leading to cleaner air? In today's Academic Minute, Mainz University's Jos Lelieveld explores how we’re learning about this possible environmental change from outer space.
October 7, 2015
What do you know about neutrinos? In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Brianna Mount looks to help scientists learn more about these elusive particles.


November 15, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Thomas Emerson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discusses a microscopic discovery that reveals big things about culture and ritual at one of North America’s largest pre-Columbian settlements.
November 14, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Walter Piper of Chapman University explains why territorial disputes among loons can become a battle to the death. Piper is a professor of biology at Chapman, in Orange, Calif. He has studied the territoriality of Common Loons since 1993 in Oneida County, Wisconsin. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 13, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Kiisa Nishikawa examines how advanced materials are leading to an increase in the mobility and stability of prosthetic limbs.
November 12, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Nicholas Lynchard of the State University of New York at Ulster discusses why the elderly are better at recalling positive information.
November 9, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Quincy Gibson describes the connection between manmade noises and aggressive behavior in dolphins.


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