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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.


October 9, 2015
Making healthier food is never easy. In today's Academic Minute, Brian Obach of the State University of New York at New Paltz shows how the organic movement found help from an unlikely source.
October 8, 2015
Is armed conflict leading to cleaner air? In today's Academic Minute, Mainz University's Jos Lelieveld explores how we’re learning about this possible environmental change from outer space.
October 7, 2015
What do you know about neutrinos? In today's Academic Minute, Black Hills State University's Brianna Mount looks to help scientists learn more about these elusive particles.


August 18, 2015
Can medication used to treat alcoholism be repurposed for other medical conditions? In today's Academic Minute, part of Women in STEM Week, Duke University's Gayathri Devi explores this possibility.
August 17, 2015
A heavy metal known as cadmium is a common environmental pollutant and is thought to increase the risk of chronic diseases like cancer. In today’s Academic Minute, as part of Women in STEM Week, George Washington University’s Ami Zota explains a new study on cadmium and its connection to accelerated aging of human cells.
August 14, 2015
If your kids are lying to you, it might be an indicator of intelligence. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Florida's Tracy Packiam Alloway discusses the psychology behind the lies of children.
August 13, 2015
A variety of factors influenced our human evolution. In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Rhonda Quinn describes the relationships our first use of tools by our human ancestors share with evolution.
August 12, 2015
How are nerve cells and the connections between them affected by activity? In today's Academic Minute, the State University of New York at Buffalo's Matthew Xu-Friedman discusses this question as it relates to the auditory system.


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