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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.


October 13, 2015
The Western United States has been on fire. In today's Academic Minute, John Rennie Short of the University of Maryland Baltimore County discusses the causes behind the current rash of fires plaguing the West.
October 12, 2015
Is transgender discrimination institutional? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Kristie Seelman tells us discrimination is not always a matter of one person targeting another.
October 9, 2015
Making healthier food is never easy. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Obach of the State University of New York at New Paltz shows how the organic movement found help from an unlikely source.


May 20, 2015
The herpes simplex virus is incredibly common and also incurable. In today's Academic Minute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Betsy Herold discusses the search for a preventative vaccine.
May 19, 2015
Water is among our most precious resources. In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's Michael P. Strager discusses his efforts to mitigate the negative consequences of dangerous chemical spills and protect water.
May 18, 2015
Springs are a vital piece of our ecosystem. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Abe Springer studies springs and their integral place in our environment.
May 15, 2015
We all have a mental image of what we assume aliens will look like. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Susan Schneider has some deeper theories about first contact.
May 14, 2015
As our lifespans continually increase, unforeseen problems are arising. In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's Georgiana Bostean describes the crises currently being faced in the field of elder care.


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