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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 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.
February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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August 19, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Franklin and Marshall College's Sylvia Alajaji reveals how the music of Islamic, female rappers undermines dominant assumptions about gender in Islamic societies. Alajaji is an assistant professor of music at Franklin and Marshall, where she teaches courses on the music and culture of the Middle East and the use of music as a political weapon. Find out more about her here.
August 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Marymount Manhattan College's Cheryl Paradis discusses her efforts to understand the inner workings of the criminal mind. Paradis is an associate professor of psychology at Marymount Manhattan and author of The Measure of Madness: Inside the Disturbed and Disturbing Criminal Mind. Find out more about her here.
August 17, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater discusses the chemical process used to remove caffeine from coffee, and where all that caffeine ends up. Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at UConn, where he heads the New Synthetic Methods Group. Find out more about him here.
August 16, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, York University's Dayna Scott explores the legal rights of factories and the civil rights of those living downwind from pollution hot spots. Scott is an associate professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Find out more about her here.
August 15, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's David Hess describes green jobs and the best methods for creating them. Hess is a professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University and member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment. Before assuming his post at Vanderbilt, Hess was a professor in RPI's Department of Science and Technology Studies. Find out more about him here.

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