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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

February 5, 2016
Clemson University was built by those who could never attend the college. In today's Academic Minute, Clemson's Rhondda Robinson Thomas discusses the enslaved people who helped build the institution and why it’s necessary to paint the full picture of such a history.
February 4, 2016
Chemotherapy can save lives but also be debilitating. In today's Academic Minute, the University of British Columbia's Mads Daugaard explains how a sugar protein may be the answer to an easier method of treating cancer.
February 3, 2016
The prevalence of allergies is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Avery August describes how the overuse of antibiotics could be to blame.

Archive

July 10, 2014
Preschool isn’t just finger-painting and nap-time. In today's Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Peter Savelyev touts the long-term benefits of early learning.
July 9, 2014
“They may be more resistant to climate change than we thought,” the University of Utah's Denise Dearing says about pikas. In today's Academic Minute, Dearing, a professor of biology at Utah, describes how the diet of these rabbit-like mammals is changing as they learn to survive amid changes in their environment.
July 8, 2014
When you think “big data,” you may not immediately think of the genetic contents of the deep sea. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Davis's Holly Bik describes her research analyzing sea water in an effort to “barcode the sea.”
July 7, 2014
As increasingly powerful telescopes improve, so does our ability to study the vastness of the galaxy. In today's Academic Minute, Johns Hopkins University's Jason Kalirai explains his specialty in the deepest of deep space studies.
July 3, 2014
Computers are very useful in the classroom, but in the near future, they might be conducting the class. In today’s Academic Minute, Washington State University's Matt Taylor discusses how he is teaching computers how to teach.

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