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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

March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.
February 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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February 4, 2015
What exactly does the job description of First Lady of the United States consist of? Throughout history, the position has taken on a variety of unspoken duties. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Jean Wahl Harris takes a deep look at what is expected of First Ladies.
February 3, 2015
The concept of nothingness is very different in outer space. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Paul Matthew Sutter discusses nothing through the lens of cosmology.
February 2, 2015
Because of their speedy reproductive rates, fruit flies are exceptionally useful for scientific experimentation. We’ve seen it before: here and here. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Michele Markstein explores their use in improving chemotherapy treatment.
January 30, 2015
The hiding of information and knowledge can prove disastrous. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto Scarborough's David Zweig discusses the effects of knowledge hiding.
January 29, 2015
Interdisciplinary studies can provide insights heretofore unexamined. In today's Academic Minute, Murray State University's Kit Wesler presents an archaeological understanding of climate change.

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