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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

May 28, 2015
Droughts have been in the news a great deal of late.  In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's A. Park Williams discusses how his work on trees has helped him learn a great deal about droughts in the process.
May 27, 2015
Blueberries are delicious, but aside from their palatable flavor, eating them comes with some great health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Sarah Johnson touts the  benefits of consuming blueberries.
May 26, 2015
Discussions of climate change are everywhere. In today's Academic Minute, Michael Rawlins of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst explores climate change in the context of last winter, one of the coldest on record for the northeastern United States.

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May 11, 2015
Do you always understand exactly what you’re signing? In today's Academic Minute, St. John's University's Jeff Sovern discusses the contracts we all tend to sign without really reading.
May 8, 2015
Translation doesn’t always accurately convey the original writer’s intent. In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Kathleen Hart discusses the nature of creating meaningful translations.
May 7, 2015
New tools are helping archaeologists better preserve their findings. In today's Academic Minute, Saint Anselm College's Mary Kate Donais describes her work with x-ray fluorescent technology that is very useful at dig sites.
May 6, 2015
Growing up, did you play with girls’ toys or boys’ toys? In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Lisa M. Dinella explores the nature of gendered toys.
May 5, 2015
Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, have been in the news a great deal lately -- usually negatively. In today's Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Elizabeth Basha discusses the positive use of drones.

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