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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

April 28, 2015
Playing fields aren’t just for sports. In today's Academic Minute, Morningside College's Geoff Harkness discusses his research interviewing athletes in the Middle East.
April 27, 2015
Studying the eye’s movements might hold the key to unlocking mysteries about human vision and our attentional processes. In today's Academic Minute, York University's Scott Adler explains his ocular research.
April 24, 2015
Male vervet monkeys have a colorful genital and perineal area and engage in red-white-and-blue displays to show off their colors. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Jennifer Cramer describes what monkeys' colorful skin may communicate to other monkeys.

Archive

October 11, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Brent Stockwell discusses why the past decade has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of new drugs. Stockwell is an associate professor of biological sciences at Columbia and an Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 10, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Calvin Chen explains the Italian fashion industry’s increasing reliance on factories owned and operated by Chinese emigrants. Chen is an associate professor of politics at Mount Holyoke, where his research interests include the political economy of East Asia, Chinese politics, work and labor politics, and rural economic development. Find out more about him here.
October 10, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Calvin Chen explains the Italian fashion industry’s increasing reliance on factories owned and operated by Chinese emigrants. Chen is an associate professor of politics at Mount Holyoke, where his research interests include the political economy of East Asia, Chinese politics, work and labor politics, and rural economic development. Find out more about him here.
October 7, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's John Hatle discusses his research using grasshoppers to understand why avoiding reproduction often increases an organism’s overall lifespan. Hatle is an associate professor of biology at North Florida, where he teaches courses in biology, anatomy, and physiology. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Stephen Magee discusses his efforts to calculate the optimum number of lawyers required for economic efficiency. Magee is James L. Bayless/Enstar Corporation Professor of Finance and Economics at UT-Austin's McCombs School of Business. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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