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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 5, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's James Hanson examines efforts to reduce unwanted encounters between humans and sharks by developing an effective repellent. Hanson is a professor of chemistry at Seton Hall, where his research interests include organic chemistry and polymer/materials science. Find out more about him here.
June 4, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Williams College's Jay Pasachoff explores the rare transit of Venus taking place on June 5.
June 1, 2012
In today's Academic Minute -- the feature's 500th edition -- the University of Texas at Austin's Art Markman explores why we think round numbers are such a big deal.
May 31, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Murdoch University's Michael Bunce discusses his work using DNA testing to identify the non-declared contents of some traditional Chinese medicines.
May 30, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Liverpool John Moores University's David Wilkinson explores the role methane may have played in warming the Earth during the time of the dinosaurs.


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