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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.


March 23, 2018
Can ADHD start in adults? In today's Academic Minute, Florida International University's Margaret Sibley delves into diagnosing adults.
March 22, 2018
Do you still think about prior commitments you’ve had at work? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Howard Klein discusses the need for businesses to help employees feel good about moving on.
March 21, 2018
Did the Erie Canal start a religious movement? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's S. Brent Plate looks into this question.


February 6, 2015
Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975, but satire is hardly a new concept. In today's Academic Minute, Mount Saint Mary College's Stephanie Pietros presents a close read of Shakespeare’s Othello as contemporary theater attendees might have interpreted some inside jokes.
February 5, 2015
The suicide of Robin Williams is just the latest example of a celebrity’s actions raising the discussion to national attention. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Jessica Gall Myrick explores the nature of celebrity influence over the population especially in terms of medical conditions.
February 4, 2015
What exactly does the job description of First Lady of the United States consist of? Throughout history, the position has taken on a variety of unspoken duties. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Jean Wahl Harris takes a deep look at what is expected of First Ladies.
February 3, 2015
The concept of nothingness is very different in outer space. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Paul Matthew Sutter discusses nothing through the lens of cosmology.
February 2, 2015
Because of their speedy reproductive rates, fruit flies are exceptionally useful for scientific experimentation. We’ve seen it before: here and here. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Michele Markstein explores their use in improving chemotherapy treatment.


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