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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.


December 1, 2015
Understanding all facets of the heart is an important part of modern medicine. In today's Academic Minute, McGill University's Alvin Shrier explores his research into combating cardiac arrhythmia.
November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.


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
October 15, 2015
Did a religious revival help start the American Revolution? In today's Academic Minute, Winthrop University's Richard Chacon explains how the Great Awakening helped cultivate the seeds of independence.


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