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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

July 2, 2015
Don’t get scared, but the threat of ticks is growing. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Keith Clay details the increasing presence of these insects.
July 1, 2015
How does a black hole die? In today's Academic Minute, Bard College's Hal Haggard describes the life cycle of black holes.
June 30, 2015
More and more people appear to be leaving their religious communities. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Northern Colorado's Josh Packard discusses our relationship with religion.

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November 24, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Kyle Meng explores the correlation between the occurrence of El Niño and periods of political unrest around the world. Meng is a Ph.D. candidate in sustainable development at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 23, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Daniel Benjamin questions the role happiness plays in the decision making process.
November 22, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Jonathan Bobaljik discusses what we can learn from studying languages on the verge of extinction. Bobaljik is a professor of linguistics at UConn, where his research addresses questions of linguistic universals. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Brown University's Joan Teno explores the usefulness of the stressful transitions faced by the elderly in the last stage of life.
November 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Stuart Gaffin discusses how the colors and materials used by urban planners can reduce the higher temperatures associated with global climate change.

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