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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.

PROGRAMS

April 24, 2015
Male vervet monkeys have a colorful genital and perineal area and engage in red-white-and-blue displays to show off their colors. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Jennifer Cramer describes what monkeys' colorful skin may communicate to other monkeys.
April 23, 2015
The human brain is exceptionally complex. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Michelle D. Miller explains her work to decode how our brains encode information.
April 22, 2015
As you can likely imagine, space rendezvous is a highly complex process. In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's John Christian explains his work to improve the computer imaging systems necessary for such a difficult task.

Archive

March 3, 2015
When one thinks of Vikings, lavish dinner parties are probably not the first thing that come to mind. But in today's Academic Minute, Baylor University's Davide Zori tells us that vikings were really into parties.
March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.
February 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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