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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

February 11, 2016
How does an economist look at climate change? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Garth Heutel explains his research into the benefits and risks of solar geoengineering.
February 10, 2016
The electric car has yet to hit the mainstream. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Bath's Pierre McDonagh explores the steps needed to get electric vehicles in more driveways.
February 9, 2016
What we think of as common-sense morality may need some updating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Waterloo's John Turri explains how what we ought to do might not always be what we can do.

Archive

January 25, 2016
Hitting the gym can pump up your muscles -- and also your skeleton. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina's Janet Rubin explains that exercise can determine whether stem cells become bone or fat.
January 22, 2016
Being more self-involved may also mean being more empathetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Brick Johnstone discusses his research into empathy and self-awareness.
January 21, 2016
Are you thinking of popping the question soon? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Ann Bowers examines how the story attached to a diamond may move the price more than the 4 C’s.
January 20, 2016
Do you check Twitter in bed when you should be sleeping? In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Peter Polos examines how using a smartphone in bed can lead to harmful effects during the daytime.
January 19, 2016
How do you get home from deep space if your communication systems fail? In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's John Christian discusses his research into helping astronauts with this problem.

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