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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 5, 2015
Competitive balance on the field and attendance in the stands may not go hand in hand. In today's Academic Minute, Oklahoma City University's Jonathan Willner describes his research into the economics of sports.
October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.
October 1, 2015
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University-Bloomington's Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out.


May 26, 2015
Discussions of climate change are everywhere. In today's Academic Minute, Michael Rawlins of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst explores climate change in the context of last winter, one of the coldest on record for the northeastern United States.
May 25, 2015
Is the history we’re presented actually accurate? In today's Academic Minute, American Military University's Jon Mikolashek critiques false historical narratives.
May 22, 2015
How personal was your college experience? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Daniel F. Chambliss discusses the nature of college experiences.
May 21, 2015
The events of 9/11/2001 have had profound effects on our society. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Queensland's Katharine Gelber profiles free speech in the years following the terrorist attack.
May 20, 2015
The herpes simplex virus is incredibly common and also incurable. In today's Academic Minute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Betsy Herold discusses the search for a preventative vaccine.


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