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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 6, 2015
Can physics be the branch of science that finally figures out the origin of life on Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Jeremy England of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses how using physics can help to unravel the beginning of life.
March 5, 2015
Vocology is an emerging field focusing on the voice. In today's Academic Minute, Dickinson College's Lynn Helding discusses the importance of a science of the voice.
March 4, 2015
Is your church in favor of same-sex marriage? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Maurice Gattis examines the effects of pro-LGBT stances held by religious institutions.

Archive

October 2, 2014
Is the satisfaction of one’s purchase dependent on the money left after the transaction is complete? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Arkansas' Robin Soster discusses the bottom dollar effect.
October 1, 2014
With new technological advances come unforeseen legal issues. In today's Academic Minute, Rice University's Kirsten Matthews addresses the patenting process in the biotechnology field. Matthews is a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
September 30, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Patrick Forber explains the work he and a team of researchers are doing on how spite has evolved.
September 29, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's William Alex Pridemore discusses the increased health risk that prisoners face.
September 26, 2014
If you've seen the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus, you'll recall the laborious depictions of Mozart as he composed his musical masterpieces using pen and ink. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Ching-Hua Chuan adds an element of technology into the composition process.

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