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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 22, 2015
Can medication typically used to treat a specific illness be effective in treating other illnesses, too? In today's Academic Minute, Lancaster University's Christian Holscher shows that certain treatments may be effective in a wide range of afflictions.
October 21, 2015
A turtle’s shell is iconic, but we’re not sure how it evolved. In today's Academic Minute, Gaberiel Bever of New York Institute of Technology explains how new fossils are bringing more understanding to how turtles got their turtle power.
October 20, 2015
Are we living in the age of anxiety? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Julie McCarthy explores how being stressed in the office leads to employee burnout.
October 19, 2015
She might not be that into you, or maybe she doesn’t even know you’re there. In today's Academic Minute, Scripps Research Institute's Lisa Stowers describes how the brains of female mice can shut off male-detecting neurons.
October 16, 2015
Scientists have found water on Mars. In today's Academic Minute, the Open University's David Rothery explains how this exciting discovery was made


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