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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

March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.
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.

Archive

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.  
June 22, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, J. Michael Rhodes of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst examines the benefits of geothermal power and why it isn’t just for Western states. Rhodes is a professor of geochemistry, volcanology, and petrology and director of the Ronald B. Gilmore X-ray Analytical Facility at UMass. Find out more about him here.
June 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, George Washington University's Merve Kavakci explores the conflict between Turkey’s desire to westernize and the government’s treatment of women wearing traditional headscarves. Kavakci is a former member of the Turkish Parliament and Lecturer in International Affairs at George Washington. Find out more about her here.
June 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Linda Schadler discusses why nanoparticles have the potential to make almost everything better. Schadler is a professor in RPI's department of materials science and engineering. Find out more about her here.
June 17, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Michael Palladino discusses the importance of stem cells and reveals promising new methods for obtaining them. Palladino is dean of the School of Science and an associate professor of biology at Monmouth. Find out more about him here.

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