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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.

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April 24, 2015
Male vervet monkeys have a colorful genital and perineal area and engage in red-white-and-blue displays to show off their colors. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Jennifer Cramer describes what monkeys' colorful skin may communicate to other monkeys.
April 23, 2015
The human brain is exceptionally complex. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Michelle D. Miller explains her work to decode how our brains encode information.
April 22, 2015
As you can likely imagine, space rendezvous is a highly complex process. In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's John Christian explains his work to improve the computer imaging systems necessary for such a difficult task.

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November 20, 2014
The Earth is a few billion years old and a lot has transpired during that time. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jack Ridge explains how more precisely understanding geologic time can create an accurate record of the planet’s climate.
November 19, 2014
Some films use auditory hallucinations to indicate a character’s mental illness. Colloquially known as “hearing voices,” this is a very real problem for some people. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Bergen's Kenneth Hugdahl discusses this intriguing and misunderstood affliction.
November 18, 2014
A clean source of energy might just save the world. In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's Shikha Sharma explains how she is working toward that goal.
November 17, 2014
Top scientists are working to keep us healthy on a molecular level. In today's Academic Minute, New York University Polytechnic Institute's Jin Kim Montclare describes her work fabricating microfibers from proteins.
November 14, 2014
The discovery of a new species is always exciting. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Cristina Cox Fernandes discusses the discovery of a new species of fish and the importance of continuing search, find and document new species.

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