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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 8, 2015
Is armed conflict leading to cleaner air? In today's Academic Minute, Mainz University's Jos Lelieveld explores how we’re learning about this possible environmental change from outer space.
October 7, 2015
What do you know about neutrinos? In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Brianna Mount looks to help scientists learn more about these elusive particles.
October 6, 2015
Can you put too much trust in technology? In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's Richard Pak examines when relying on computers has unintended consequences.


September 14, 2015
New research into how we process sugar on a molecular level offers insights into our bodies. In today's Academic Minute, Michelle A. Mondoux of the College of the Holy Cross discusses her experiments.
September 11, 2015
Is our current voting system the most fair? In today's Academic Minute, Bard College's John Cullinan examines the arithmetic behind the way we vote.
September 10, 2015
Can a football helmet be concussion-proof? In today's Academic Minute, Clemson University's John DesJardins describes his search for safer materials for use in equipment for contact sports.
September 9, 2015
What’s in a name? In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Jennifer Itzkowitz examines the benefits of appearing at the beginning of the alphabet -- especially on the stock market.
September 8, 2015
New research is helping to predict nearsightedness. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Karla Zadnik discusses the new test she is developing.


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