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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

May 24, 2016
Female terrorists are used partly for their shock value. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Lori Poloni-Staudinger explores how the idea of women as peaceful life givers makes their attacks stand out more than those by their male counterparts.
May 23, 2016
Are some of the earliest building blocks of the universe making their way to Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Chris Wrede discusses how pre-solar grains inside meteorites are giving us a rare up-close look into the workings of the solar system.
May 20, 2016
Next time you watch a movie, try to control your eyes. In today’s Academic Minute, Kansas State University’s Lester Loschky discusses how Hollywood directors have become masters at telling our eyes where to look when watching a film.

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October 5, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Paul Keim discusses how DNA analysis can be used to trace anthrax outbreaks to their original sources. Keim is Regents’ Professor and Cowden Chair of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona, where his teaching and research interests are focused on the genetic analysis of bacteria, fungi, birds, and plants. Find out more about him here.
October 4, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Bärbel Hönisch of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory describes how rising levels of CO2 are not only warming the atmosphere, but accelerating the acidification of the oceans as well.
October 3, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Oregon State University's Megan McClelland explores what a preschooler’s ability to pay attention reveals about their odds of future academic success.
October 2, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Karen Hardy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona explores how new information about the behavior of Neanderthals is providing a new picture of their mental abilities.
October 1, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Cincinnati's Vernon Scarborough examines the complex infrastructure that supplied the largest Mayan city with water.

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