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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

April 24, 2015
Male vervet monkeys have a colorful genital and perineal area and engage in red-white-and-blue displays to show off their colors. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Jennifer Cramer describes what monkeys' colorful skin may communicate to other monkeys.
April 23, 2015
The human brain is exceptionally complex. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Michelle D. Miller explains her work to decode how our brains encode information.
April 22, 2015
As you can likely imagine, space rendezvous is a highly complex process. In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's John Christian explains his work to improve the computer imaging systems necessary for such a difficult task.

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February 24, 2015
New insights into pertussis are helping to fight the disease. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Jennifer Maynard describes her work to fight whooping cough.
February 23, 2015
In today's Academic Minute, the interconnectedness of nature is on full display, as the University of North Florida's Cliff Ross discusses his work studying ecology of the Florida Keys to better understand coral reefs.
February 20, 2015
Joseph Bonaparte is probably most notably known as Napoleon’s older brother, but his cultural significance goes much further than his famous family. In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Richard Veit profiles Point Breeze, the lavish garden Bonaparte brought to life on his New Jersey estate.
February 19, 2015
We’re still trying to figure what consciousness is exactly. In today's Academic Minute, Wichita State University's Elizabeth Behrman discusses her effort to create an artificial neural network.
February 18, 2015
Playing fetch with the family dog might have some far reaching benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Megan Mueller explores the bonds of human-animal relationships. Mueller is a research assistant professor at Tufts's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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