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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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Pasquerella is the former president of Mount Holyoke College.

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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


March 19, 2018
“You are what you eat” just got more prophetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Jack Tseng examines how the shape of your head might be determined by what goes in your mouth.
March 16, 2018
Can you learn while sleeping? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, Northwestern University's Sadie Witkowski delves into whether our brains are still working while we doze.
March 15, 2018
How do we protect supply chains with many hands in the pie? In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Scott Shackelford looks into the security technology behind Bitcoin for advice.


October 31, 2017
Vampires are more than just Dracula. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY Oneonta's Tracy Betsinger looks into a different European vampire legend.
October 30, 2017
How did pink ribbons come to symbolize breast cancer awareness? In today's Academic Minute, Winthrop University's Karen Kedrowski explores this question.
October 27, 2017
Animals migrate over long distances – but how do they know where to go? In today's Academic Minute, Washington College's Aaron Krochmal discusses this question.
October 26, 2017
Do primates learn from being social? In today's Academic Minute, Franklin & Marshall College's Lauren Howard delves into how apes and chimpanzees pass along and learn information.
October 25, 2017
If you’re listening to this right now you’re using working memory. In today's Academic Minute, New York University's Alex Burmester explores this type of memory.


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