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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.


October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.
October 18, 2016
Are we being brainwashed? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Arizona's Scott Selisker examines if we are as free thinking as we think we are.


September 30, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Northwestern University's Nicolas Cowan explores how cloud cover moderates the temperature of tidally locked exoplanets orbiting red dwarf starts.
September 27, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Arlington's Jodi Tommerdahl examines efforts to understand how children use language in different social settings.
September 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Purdue University's Michael Vuolo explores how smokers can influence a family member’s decision to pick up the habit.
September 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Kenneth Noll discusses why termites would not be a threat to your home without the help of microbes.
September 24, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Oxford's Tamar Makin examines how the brain creates pain in phantom limbs. Makin is a postdoctoral research fellow in Oxford's functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain unit. Find out more about her here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.


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