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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. Mount Holyoke College. 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.

PROGRAMS

July 26, 2016
Sadness might not be a negative emotion when it comes to music. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Jyväskylä's Henna-Riikka Peltola discusses how emotions are never as simple as sad or happy.
July 25, 2016
Bringing people together for a weekend can be better for a city than building a museum. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Jonathan Wynn discusses how more performances and less concrete can lead to fewer problems for cities.
July 22, 2016
Retaining one’s cultural identity can be important for couples in intercultural unions. In today’s Academic Minute, Whitman College’s Helen Kim examines if combining cultures, races or religious backgrounds can make both stronger in the long run.

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March 3, 2016
Not all species on this planet treat parenthood the same way humans do. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Exeter's Paul Hopwood discusses his research on burying beetles and whether smaller or larger beetles are better parents.
March 2, 2016
Should infants be learning language from electronic toys? In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Anna Sosa compares the quality of interaction between children and electronic toys with the quality of their interactions with books and more traditional toys.
March 1, 2016
You may know your morning routine like the back of your hand, but some people struggle with ordinary tasks. In today's Academic Minute, Brown University's David Badre says that examining how the brain puts tasks in the right order can help people who have difficulty with day-to-day routines.
February 29, 2016
Ski resorts aren’t the only ones that depend on a good base of snow in the winter. In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's Justin Mankin describes how a changing climate may change the way cultures get their water in the spring and summer.
February 26, 2016
How did giraffes get such long necks? In today's Academic Minute, New York Institute of Technology's Nikos Solounias explores the evolution of this iconic feature.

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