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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.


November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.
November 26, 2015
Geese and turkeys used to have a lot more to do. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's Phillip Sponenberg profiles the essential duties these birds used to perform.


September 14, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Larisa DeSantis explores the evolutionary strategy that allowed mammals to survive multiple shifts in the Earth’s climate.
September 13, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Georgia's Richard Lankau reveals how some native plants are responding to an ecological shift caused by invasive species.
September 12, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Richard Brutchey examines a breakthrough that will allow any surface to become a solar cell.
September 11, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Princeton University's Janet Currie reveals the link between a woman’s exposure to stress during pregnancy and the probability of experiencing complications during labor and delivery.
September 10, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Nancy Kiang of Columbia University’s Earth Institute examines a recent discovery that hints at the potential color of extraterrestrial plant life.


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