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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 29, 2015
The future of the coastline depends on more than just sand and water. In today's Academic Minute, Dylan McNamara of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington explores the dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems and how they apply to coastal communities and property value.
May 28, 2015
Droughts have been in the news a great deal of late.  In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's A. Park Williams discusses how his work on trees has helped him learn a great deal about droughts in the process.
May 27, 2015
Blueberries are delicious, but aside from their palatable flavor, eating them comes with some great health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Sarah Johnson touts the  benefits of consuming blueberries.

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October 14, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Minnesota State University-Mankato's Emily Stark examines how the presence of a weapon can greatly diminish an eyewitness’s ability to identify the perpetrator of a crime. Stark is a professor of psychology at Minnesota State-Mankato, where she teaches courses in psychology, social psychology, and child psychology. Find out more about her here.
October 13, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater describes how easily biodiesel fuels can be refined from food industry waste. Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at Connecticut, where he heads the New Synthetic Methods Group. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
October 12, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Paul Wyckoff examines why holding teachers and students responsible for poor school performance is to ignore the single greatest factor that determines individual educational outcomes. Wyckoff is a professor of government and the director of the Public Policy Program at Hamilton and author of Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
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.

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