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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 13, 2015
The Western United States has been on fire. In today's Academic Minute, John Rennie Short of the University of Maryland Baltimore County discusses the causes behind the current rash of fires plaguing the West.
October 12, 2015
Is transgender discrimination institutional? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Kristie Seelman tells us discrimination is not always a matter of one person targeting another.
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 9, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Ernst de Mooij explains how we can explore the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system without ever leaving Earth.
October 8, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Keith Ashley describes what life was like for Native Americans at the earliest Spanish missions.
October 5, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Paul Keim discusses how DNA analysis can be used to trace anthrax outbreaks to their original sources. Keim is Regents’ Professor and Cowden Chair of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona, where his teaching and research interests are focused on the genetic analysis of bacteria, fungi, birds, and plants. Find out more about him here.
October 4, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Bärbel Hönisch of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory describes how rising levels of CO2 are not only warming the atmosphere, but accelerating the acidification of the oceans as well.
October 3, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Oregon State University's Megan McClelland explores what a preschooler’s ability to pay attention reveals about their odds of future academic success.


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