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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

February 11, 2016
How does an economist look at climate change? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Garth Heutel explains his research into the benefits and risks of solar geoengineering.
February 10, 2016
The electric car has yet to hit the mainstream. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Bath's Pierre McDonagh explores the steps needed to get electric vehicles in more driveways.
February 9, 2016
What we think of as common-sense morality may need some updating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Waterloo's John Turri explains how what we ought to do might not always be what we can do.

Archive

August 7, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Bristol's Judyth Sassoon explores the discovery of a pliosaur fossil with signs of severe arthritis. Sassoon is a researcher in the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol, where her current research is focused on the palaeobiology of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Find out more about her here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
August 6, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Washington State University's Ben Ellis discusses research indicating that the Yellowstone super volcano may have erupted more frequently than previously thought.
August 3, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Maurizio Porfiri of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University discusses how robotic fish can be used to influence the movement of schools of fish.
August 2, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Alberta's Jack Tuszynski examines the physical process that allows the brain to store and retrieve memories.
August 1, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Gert Lanckriet of the University of California at San Diego discusses efforts to create a search engine for music.

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