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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.


October 13, 2015
The Western United States has been on fire. In today's Academic Minute, John Rennie Short of the University of Maryland Baltimore County discusses the causes behind the current rash of fires plaguing the West.
October 12, 2015
Is transgender discrimination institutional? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Kristie Seelman tells us discrimination is not always a matter of one person targeting another.
October 9, 2015
Making healthier food is never easy. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Obach of the State University of New York at New Paltz shows how the organic movement found help from an unlikely source.


June 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, George Mason University's David Luther examines how urban-dwelling birds have responded to an increase in man-made noise.
June 18, 2012
.In today’s Academic Minute, Queen’s University , Daniel Krupp describes how our unconscious beliefs about life expectancy can influence major life decisions 
June 15, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the College of Saint Rose's Jeffrey Marlett explores how ethnic Roman Catholics have embraced the American spirit of competition.
June 14, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Cambridge's Jennifer Clack discusses how recent discoveries are providing paleontologists with a better understanding of the development of early tetrapods.
June 13, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northwestern University's Daniel Abrams explores why the level of left handedness is a constant across most societies.


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