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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 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.
November 26, 2015
Geese and turkeys used to have a lot more to do. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's Phillip Sponenberg profiles the essential duties these birds used to perform.
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.


April 3, 2014
A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results. In today's Academic Minute, University of Laval's Frederic Bouchard discusses the climate models of many areas across Canada and makes predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.
April 2, 2014
The undersea discovery of a large seep of methane in the North Atlantic may hold the key to learning a great deal about the underwater ecosystem.
April 1, 2014
Whether you realize it or not, we use distance metaphors every day. In today’s Academic Minute, Dartmouth College's Thalia Wheatley explores the way humans use figurative language to convey abstract ideas.
March 31, 2014
Despite all the advances in technology, Mother Nature remains our most skilled engineer. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Craig Vierra is trying to replicate spider silk.
March 28, 2014
What can we extrapolate from the cries of a baby? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Neil Johnson examined the patterns of children's cries and uses that information to make some interesting conclusions.


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