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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 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

Archive

July 7, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Amit Pai of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences examines the problem of adjusting drug dosages for obese patients. Pai is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany's pharmacy college. Find out more about him here.
July 6, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Katie Monnin describes how the use of graphic novels in the classroom can improve reading comprehension and attitudes about reading among young readers. Monnin is an assistant professor of literacy at North Florida and author of the forthcoming Really Reading with Graphic Novels and Teaching Content Area Graphic Novels. Find out more about her here.
July 5, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Ben Trachtenberg of the University of Missouri School of Law discusses how economists value human life and why the lives of Americans are becoming more valuable. Trachtenberg is visiting associate professor at Missouri's law school, where he teaches courses on criminal and environmental law. Find out more about him here.
July 4, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Adam Noah of Long Island University-Brooklyn examines how the brain learns to play a popular video game and how better understanding that process can help Parkinson’s patients. Noah is technical director of the ADAM Center and MoCap Lab at Long Island's Brooklyn campus. Find out more about him here.
July 1, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's Robert Vanderlan discusses the role poets played in creating one of the 20th century’s great media empires. Vanderlan is a visiting assistant professor of history at Cornell. Find out more about him here.

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