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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

April 1, 2015
Humans are living much longer lives and as this trend continues, it presents interesting shifts in the family structure. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Patricia Drentea discusses the changing face of the modern family.
March 31, 2015
What’s the first thing you noticed about the opposite sex? As it turns out, that might depend on what you’re looking for. In today's Academic Minute, Western Oregon University's Jaime Cloud profiles human mating psychology. Cloud is an evolutionary psychologist at Western Oregon. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
March 30, 2015
Addiction is a highly complicated disease, one that has been very difficult to treat. In today's Academic Minute, Scripps Research Institute's Kim Janda discusses a vaccine that might help counteract addiction.

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August 10, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Paul Smith’s College's Curt Stager describes how the climate change we feel today will shape the Earth for the next 100,000 years. Stager is a professor at Paul Smith’s and a research associate at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, and author of Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life On Earth (Thomas Dunne Books, March 2011). Find out more about him here.
August 9, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Katharine Brooks of the University of Texas at Austin answers “the question” faced by many college students. Brooks is director of liberal arts career services at UT-Austin and author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. She maintains a career issues blog for Psychology Today. Find out more about her here.
August 8, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Richard Young of the State University of New York Geneseo discusses how modern technology has provided a more accurate history of the Grand Canyon. Young is the Distinguished Service Professor of Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo. Find out more about him here.
August 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Columbia University's Peter Kelemen conducts a thought experiment around the political economy of climate change. Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor of Geochemistry at Columbia’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Find out more about him here.  
August 4, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Harvey Mudd College's Paul Steinberg examines the unique position of the United States as a potential global leader on environmental issues. Steinberg is an associate professor of political science and environmental policy at Harvey Mudd (one of the Claremont Colleges) and author of Environmental Leadership in Developing Countries. Find out more about him here.

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