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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

March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.
February 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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September 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Philadelphia University's Randy Swearer discusses how rethinking higher education and utilizing design thinking can foster innovation. Swearer has been provost at Philadelphia University since 2009, and previously had leadership positions at Parsons The New School for Design and the National Endowment for the Arts. Find out more about him here.
September 2, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Pamela V. Thacher discusses why actively trying to find sleep only increases its elusiveness. Thacher is an associate professor of psychology at St. Lawrence, where she teaches courses in abnormal and clinical psychology. Find out more about her here.
September 1, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Michael Webber discusses how when we waste food, we are also wasting valuable energy. Webber is assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT-Austin, where he is also associate director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Find out more about him here.
August 31, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Mark Harrison of the University of Warwick reveals that despite expectations to the contrary, conflicts across the globe are on the rise, and have been for over a century. Harrison is professor of economics at the University of Warwick and a research fellow of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Find out more about him here.
August 30, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Brandt Kronholm of St. Mary’s College of Maryland explains Partition Theory, and uses some very large numbers in doing so. Kronholm is a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Find out more about him here.

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