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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.


October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


March 12, 2015
The ubiquity of cell phone cameras makes everybody a photographer – or so they think. Today on the Academic Minute, the University of Surrey's Radu Sporea teaches us how to improve our photography skills through a scientific profile of aperture.
March 11, 2015
A holistic approach to wellness examines all influencing factors. In today's Academic Minute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Karen Bonuck explains the relationship shared by sleep and childhood obesity.
March 10, 2015
Academic research sometimes takes scientists into unforeseen places. In today's Academic Minute, Jon Pierce-Shimomura of the University of Texas at Austin discusses his research aimed at treating alcoholism through the intoxication of worms.
March 9, 2015
Paul Matthew Sutter previously offered a fascinating piece on cosmological nothingness and spoke with Bob Barrett on WAMC's The Best of Our Knowledge last week. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Sutter profiles dark energy.
March 6, 2015
Can physics be the branch of science that finally figures out the origin of life on Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Jeremy England of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses how using physics can help to unravel the beginning of life.


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