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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

May 26, 2016
How important is having a good mentor during college? In today's Academic Minute, Gwynedd Mercy University's Rebecca Lakin Gullan discusses how a strong mentor can make a difference to students.
May 25, 2016
How do you hide from predators in the open ocean? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Molly Cummings explains how fish use polarized light to disappear from view.
May 24, 2016
Female terrorists are used partly for their shock value. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Lori Poloni-Staudinger explores how the idea of women as peaceful life givers makes their attacks stand out more than those by their male counterparts.

Archive

November 14, 2014
The discovery of a new species is always exciting. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Cristina Cox Fernandes discusses the discovery of a new species of fish and the importance of continuing search, find and document new species.
November 13, 2014
The jazz legend Dave Brubeck is noted for his incredible music skill as a pianist and bandleader, but his work as a civil rights activist doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. In today's Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Keith Hatschek is working to to change that.
November 12, 2014
We've come very close to an interstellar calamity. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Colorado at Boulder's Daniel Baker is studying the dangerous weather patterns of outer space. Baker is director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences and physics there. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 11, 2014
Microscopic pathogens are all around us, working to make us sick. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Saskatchewan's Joseph Rubin is studying these superbugs and working to prevent a potentially deadly epidemic.
November 10, 2014
We’re still in the infancy of neuroscience. In today's Academic Minute, George Washington University's Mohamad Koubeissi helps to unravel the mystery of the human brain and it’s incredible abilities.

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