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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.

PROGRAMS

February 9, 2016
What we think of as common-sense morality may need some updating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Waterloo's John Turri explains how what we ought to do might not always be what we can do.
February 8, 2016
Regular sexual activity can be a boon to your immune system. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Tierney Lorenz discusses her research into sex and the immune system.
February 5, 2016
Clemson University was built by those who could never attend the college. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson's Rhondda Robinson Thomas discusses the enslaved people who helped build the institution and why it’s necessary to paint the full picture of such a history.

Archive

January 9, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Oregon State University's George Poinar analyzes what a piece of amber has to say about the behavior of a long-extinct spider.
January 8, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Florin Dolcos of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign examines the importance of the handshake in making a good first impression.
January 7, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Warwick's Thomas House discusses how mathematical models are increasing our understanding of how epidemics move through a population.
January 4, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Carnegie Mellon University's Taya Cohen analyzes why our moral nature may depend on our response to guilt.
January 3, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Charles Mitchell examines the evolutionary advantage of keeping things simple.

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