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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

February 12, 2016
Indigenous people in Costa Rica are looking to have their history preserved. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Michelle Watts explores the uncertain future of many of these groups and their sacred sites in their Central American homeland.
February 11, 2016
How does an economist look at climate change? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Garth Heutel explains his research into the benefits and risks of solar geoengineering.
February 10, 2016
The electric car has yet to hit the mainstream. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Bath's Pierre McDonagh explores the steps needed to get electric vehicles in more driveways.

Archive

June 13, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Northwestern University's Daniel Abrams explores why the level of left handedness is a constant across most societies.
June 12, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Bayani Cardenas discusses what’s going on beneath the surface of a hot spring.
June 11, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Newcastle University's Amy Guo examines the development of technology to address issues faced by aging drivers.
June 8, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Western Ontario's Damian Cruse shares his research into the level of conscious awareness among coma patients. Cruse is a postdoctoral fellow at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western Ontario, where his research focuses on consciousness and the ways in which cognition changes at its varying levels. Find out more about him here.
June 7, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater discusses how fluorine can be used to create useful new pharmaceuticals. Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at UConn, where he heads the New Synthetic Methods Group. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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