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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

May 28, 2015
Droughts have been in the news a great deal of late.  In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's A. Park Williams discusses how his work on trees has helped him learn a great deal about droughts in the process.
May 27, 2015
Blueberries are delicious, but aside from their palatable flavor, eating them comes with some great health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Sarah Johnson touts the  benefits of consuming blueberries.
May 26, 2015
Discussions of climate change are everywhere. In today's Academic Minute, Michael Rawlins of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst explores climate change in the context of last winter, one of the coldest on record for the northeastern United States.

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April 27, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ross Brann traces the similarities of Hebrew and Arabic to a time when they were considered a single language.
April 26, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Wally Covington explores why the forests of the American West have become more susceptible to large fires and outlines efforts to restore their natural ecology. Covington is Regents’ Professor and director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona. Find out more about him here.
April 25, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Humboldt State University's William Wood explores the search for natural sources of new antibiotics.
April 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's William Connell explores a recent discovery that is shedding light on the ups and downs of Niccolo Machiavelli’s political life.
April 23, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Quinnipiac University's David Hill explores the challenge of containing communicable illnesses in a highly mobile society. Hill is a professor of medical sciences at Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, where he is responsible for directing global public health education initiatives. Find out more about him here.

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