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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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Pasquerella is the former president of Mount Holyoke College.

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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


March 21, 2018
Did the Erie Canal start a religious movement? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's S. Brent Plate looks into this question.
March 20, 2018
Is help on the way for those affected by fetal alcohol syndrome? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, New York University's Monica Lewin examines how a drug to treat bipolar disorder could have a positive side effect.
March 19, 2018
“You are what you eat” just got more prophetic. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Jack Tseng examines how the shape of your head might be determined by what goes in your mouth.


February 16, 2018
Has a yeti specimen been found? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, the University at Buffalo's Stephanie Gill discusses samples found in the Himalayas.
February 15, 2018
To fix urban decay, look to the stars. In today's Academic Minute, Johns Hopkins University's Tamas Budavari describes how a tool to map the stars could help fight urban blight.
February 14, 2018
We’ve seen this script in Hollywood before. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Denver's Billy J. Stratton explores how literature has been warning about sexual violence in Hollywood for decades.
February 13, 2018
Why isn’t education a federal right? In today's Academic Minute, the University of South Carolina's Derek Black looks into this question.
February 12, 2018
A clue to the changing climate could be in your nearest lake. In today's Academic Minute, David C. Richardson of the State University of New York at New Paltz discusses how lakes can show signs of a warmer planet.


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