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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 6, 2015
Can physics be the branch of science that finally figures out the origin of life on Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Jeremy England of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses how using physics can help to unravel the beginning of life.
March 5, 2015
Vocology is an emerging field focusing on the voice. In today's Academic Minute, Dickinson College's Lynn Helding discusses the importance of a science of the voice.
March 4, 2015
Is your church in favor of same-sex marriage? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Maurice Gattis examines the effects of pro-LGBT stances held by religious institutions.

Archive

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.
January 28, 2015
We're learning more and more about Alzheimer's disease. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Balin of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine focuses on explaining and treating the devastating neurodegenerative disease.

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