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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

September 30, 2016
You write what you read. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Yellowlees Douglas examines if reading more polished writing can make you a better writer.
September 29, 2016
Do you fidget while you sit? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Jaume Padilla discusses whether this sometimes annoying activity can actually keep you healthier.
September 28, 2016
New ways of communicating the effects of climate change are needed. In today's Academic Minute, Barnard College's Stephanie Pfirman explores whether making a game of it will help spread the information.

Archive

February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
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.

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