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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


October 29, 2015
Urban development is not unlike Newton’s law of gravitation. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger describes this notion with a fascinating analogy.
October 28, 2015
The Witness Project is helping more women get tested for breast cancer. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's Rachel Mayo explores how reaching out to African-American women is key in fighting this disease.
October 27, 2015
Our need to be social starts at birth. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Darcia Narvaez informs us that receiving companionship as an infant can lead to emotional well-being as an adult.
October 26, 2015
The eyes are the window to the soul … and the brain? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Cape Town's Llewellyn Padayachy discusses a new way to examine this key part of our anatomy.
October 23, 2015
A dislike button is in the works for Facebook. In today's Academic Minute, Cabrini College's Felicity Duncan explains why changing demographics are altering the company’s stance.


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