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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.

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June 30, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Union Graduate College's Catherine Snyder discusses how brain function changes with age. Snyder is clinical assistant professor and associate dean of the School of Education at Union Graduate College. Find out more about her here.
June 29, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Gary Brannigan examines why there is a limited window of opportunity to teach reading comprehension. Brannigan is a professor of psychology at Plattsburgh, and author of Reading Disabilities: Beating The Odds. Find out more about him here.
June 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the College of Saint Rose's Donna Reittinger describes how the language we use about death can induce needless stress. Reittinger is a professor of psychology at Saint Rose. Find out more about her here.
June 26, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Emily Mooney of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts examines nature’s complex balance between plants and animals. Mooney is a professor of biology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Find out more about her here.
June 23, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, James Schwab of the State University of New York at Albany explores the complexity and mysteries of cloud formation. Schwab is senior research associate at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Find out more about him here.  

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