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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.

PROGRAMS

January 20, 2017
Is laughing gas a bad thing? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater explores this silly question.
January 19, 2017
How do you have a breakthrough in randomness? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's David Zuckerman details how algorithms and computers can make sense of randomness.
January 18, 2017
Celiac disease and gluten have become big topics in the news. In today's Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Paul Graham takes a detailed look at this rare affliction.

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July 14, 2015
We’re about to learn a lot about Pluto. In today's Academic Minute, Williams College's Jay Pasachoff details the exciting intergalactic current events. Pasachoff is director of Hopkins Observatory, chair of the astronomy department, and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
July 13, 2015
Is the production of chocolate hurting certain species? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's W. Scott McGraw explains the dark side of cocoa farming.
July 10, 2015
Apparently, Marcel Proust was funny. In today's Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Catherine Le Gouis helps us appreciate the famed writer’s comedy.
July 9, 2015
Does personal interaction with people who hold conflicting ideology influence your thinking? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Christopher Liu conducted a fascinating study on the topic.
July 8, 2015
Pass the chocolate! In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Larry Stevens discusses the brain-boosting powers of cocoa.

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