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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 22, 2018
Do you still think about prior commitments you’ve had at work? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Howard Klein discusses the need for businesses to help employees feel good about moving on.
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.


February 5, 2018
Can liberal education from U.S. universities thrive under restrictive regimes? In today's Academic Minute, part of Lafayette College Week, Neha Vora explores whether Education City in Qatar can have a real effect on its students.
February 2, 2018
Hollywood has a diversity problem. In today's Academic Minute, Scripps College's Roberto Pedace examines the reasons behind the lack of female and minority lead characters in films.
February 1, 2018
Our physical activity guidelines are getting a rewrite. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Buffalo's Michael LaMonte discusses these new rules, especially for older adults.
January 31, 2018
Can someone hack DNA? In today's Academic Minute, Colorado State University's Jenna Gallegos discusses cyberbiosecurity and the future of the building blocks of our lives.
January 30, 2018
What is the best way to treat Type 2 diabetes? In today's Academic Minute, Yale University's Rachel Perry explores this question.


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