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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.


November 25, 2015
The Volkswagen scandal has brought air pollution issues back to the forefront. In today's Academic Minute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Noelle Eckley Selin explores her research into the effects of the carmaker's pollution emissions.
November 24, 2015
Music can be a great motivational tool … for good and bad. In today's Academic Minute, the City College of New York's Jonathan Pieslak explains how terrorists can use music to further their cause.
November 23, 2015
Looked at your cell phone bill recently? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Matthew Osborne delves into the how and why of cell phone bill shock.


April 29, 2014
Studying the area surrounding a cancerous tumor may provide new medical insights. In today’s Academic Minute, Chapman University's Marco Bisoffi discusses how field cancerization can help treat the deadly disease.
April 28, 2014
Where do galaxies get their gas? In today’s Academic Minute, West Virginia University's DJ Pisano explains how chemical elements present in space unlock mysteries of the universe.
April 25, 2014
Does the pain felt by an infant affect them later in life? In today's Academic Minute, Georgia State University's Anne Murphy discusses the relationship between pain felt as an infant and the related long-term effects.
April 24, 2014
You may be surprised to learn of the widespread uses of helium. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater explains the wide application of this chemical element and why its days of filling party balloons may be coming to an end.
April 23, 2014
It has been 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. In today’s Academic Minute, Colgate University's Susan Thomson explores life in the African nation since those tragic days.


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