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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

May 25, 2016
How do you hide from predators in the open ocean? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Molly Cummings explains how fish use polarized light to disappear from view.
May 24, 2016
Female terrorists are used partly for their shock value. In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Lori Poloni-Staudinger explores how the idea of women as peaceful life givers makes their attacks stand out more than those by their male counterparts.
May 23, 2016
Are some of the earliest building blocks of the universe making their way to Earth? In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Chris Wrede discusses how pre-solar grains inside meteorites are giving us a rare up-close look into the workings of the solar system.

Archive

September 9, 2014
Can a conditional economic bump help improve overall health? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Elizabeth Shenkman is tracking the effects of money spent specifically on one’s health.
September 8, 2014
People cite procrastination as a major factor influencing productivity in a negative way.  In today's Academic Minute, Penn State University's David Rosenbaum a psychologist at Penn State University, has coined the term "precrastination."
September 4, 2014
Energy drinks are typically marketed to young adults. But In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Lauri O. Byerley asks if this is the primary group that is consuming them.
September 4, 2014
Racism can be cloaked in language that avoids overt prejudices. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Adelaide's Scott Hanson-Easey discusses how subtly racist language permeates the media.
September 3, 2014
The speed, ferocity, and resilience of tawny fire ants is drawing the attention of the entomology world. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Edward LeBrun examines the invasion. LeBrun is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of integrative biology at UT-Austin. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.

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