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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.


November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.
November 26, 2015
Geese and turkeys used to have a lot more to do. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's Phillip Sponenberg profiles the essential duties these birds used to perform.
November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.


April 12, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the College of Saint Rose's Donna Burns examines the range of events that can produce feelings of grief.
April 11, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, McGill University's Julio Martinez-Trujillo explores how our brains allow us to focus on more than one thing at a time.
April 10, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Maryann Tebben of Bard College at Simon’s Rock discusses French cuisine’s most French dish.
April 9, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Illinois at Chicago's Thomas Park explores the hardy nature of the naked mole-rat and how an understanding of the odd creature could improve medical outcomes in humans.
April 6, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater explains the biochemistry of highly targeted chemotherapy drugs.


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