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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.


December 1, 2015
Understanding all facets of the heart is an important part of modern medicine. In today's Academic Minute, McGill University's Alvin Shrier explores his research into combating cardiac arrhythmia.
November 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
November 27, 2015
Are you a hoarder? In today's Academic Minute: Towson University's Gregory Chasson delves into the factors that may lead someone to become a compulsive hoarder.


September 30, 2015
Are you deceiving yourself? In today's Academic Minute: the State University of New York at Albany's Jason D’Cruz confronts the complexity of self-deception.
September 29, 2015
There can be some surprising benefits to being sick. In today's Academic Minute, Seth Davis of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo explains his research on viruses in plants.
September 28, 2015
Asthma is an exceptionally common issue. In today's Academic Minute, the Medical College of Wisconsin's Mitchell Grayson profiles his research on the treatment of asthma.
September 25, 2015
Making textiles provides a therapeutic benefit. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Ann Collier describes the merits of creating something to escape stress.
September 24, 2015
Using art to paint the history of Detroit. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger discusses art in the Motor City.


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