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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 31, 2015
What’s the first thing you noticed about the opposite sex? As it turns out, that might depend on what you’re looking for. In today's Academic Minute, Western Oregon University's Jaime Cloud profiles human mating psychology. Cloud is an evolutionary psychologist at Western Oregon. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
March 30, 2015
Addiction is a highly complicated disease, one that has been very difficult to treat. In today's Academic Minute, Scripps Research Institute's Kim Janda discusses a vaccine that might help counteract addiction.
March 27, 2015
The use of mobile learning platforms is increasing. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Ronald Johnson offers a profile and analysis of the developing new tools that make digital learning easier and effective.

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March 12, 2015
The ubiquity of cell phone cameras makes everybody a photographer – or so they think. Today on the Academic Minute, the University of Surrey's Radu Sporea teaches us how to improve our photography skills through a scientific profile of aperture.
March 11, 2015
A holistic approach to wellness examines all influencing factors. In today's Academic Minute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Karen Bonuck explains the relationship shared by sleep and childhood obesity.
March 10, 2015
Academic research sometimes takes scientists into unforeseen places. In today's Academic Minute, Jon Pierce-Shimomura of the University of Texas at Austin discusses his research aimed at treating alcoholism through the intoxication of worms.
March 9, 2015
Paul Matthew Sutter previously offered a fascinating piece on cosmological nothingness and spoke with Bob Barrett on WAMC's The Best of Our Knowledge last week. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Sutter profiles dark energy.
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.

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