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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. Mount Holyoke College. 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.

PROGRAMS

July 28, 2016
More information on enslaved people has come from an unlikely place. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alabama's Joshua Rothman discusses how ads placed for the return of runaway slaves gives us a more complete picture of our history.
July 27, 2016
Does publicity add to or subtract from paid promotional materials? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Andrew Ching examines whether something needs to be said twice if someone else has already said it for you.
July 26, 2016
Sadness might not be a negative emotion when it comes to music. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Jyväskylä's Henna-Riikka Peltola discusses how emotions are never as simple as sad or happy.

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June 6, 2016
Driving has continued to be a source of pollution. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Trevor Douglas discusses an enzyme that may help us power our cars on water and sunlight.
June 3, 2016
Just what do academics do when they’re not teaching? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin Krieger sheds light on the life of academics when they’re not standing at the front of the classroom.
June 2, 2016
Could a cooldown be coming to Europe? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Rhode Island's Jaime Palter determines whether climate change is slowing the ocean currents that bring heat to the continent.
June 1, 2016
Your brain’s janitor may get worse as you age. In today's Academic Minute, Oregon Health and Science University's Jeff Iliff discusses how the brain’s cleaning process may be hindered as we get older, and could trigger diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
May 31, 2016
How does aspirin work in your body? In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Daniel Klessig examines how this widely used drug goes about its work. Klessig is a professor at Cornell's Boyce Thompson Institute. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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