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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 3, 2016
Do women know when to keep their partners away from other ovulating women? In today's Academic Minute, Arizona State University's Steven Neuberg explores this question.
May 2, 2016
Examining how bones bounce back after breaking may help us build machines. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Chris Hernandez delves into how bones heal themselves and return to their original function.
April 29, 2016
Can you call someone the greatest of all time when not all people were allowed to play? In today's Academic Minute, Louisiana State University's Lori Martin discusses how racism has tinged this question since the early days of major competitive sports.

Archive

August 11, 2014
The old saying goes: you are what you eat -- which appears to carry through into the microbial content of one’s gastrointestinal tract. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Nevada Las Vegas's Alyssa Crittenden compares the bacteria living inside an indigenous African tribe with that of an urban dwelling control group to study the differences.
August 8, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Sarah Lawrence College's Michelle Hersh discusses the unlikely relationship between ticks and white-footed mice -- though the ticks carry Lyme disease, the population of white-footed mice appears to be unharmed.
August 7, 2014
Reading online reviews of a restaurant before heading out for a meal is commonplace in today’s digital world. In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Dan Jurafsky describes some common tropes present in many online reviews.
August 6, 2014
Harnessing the full potential of solar power might indeed solve the world’s ongoing energy crisis -- but this is much easier said than done. In today's Academic MInute, the University of Surrey's Radu Sporea discusses the potential obstacles.
August 5, 2014
Our understanding of how cells function is growing every day. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Sean J. Morrison explains how a new technique for understanding the way stem cells function reveals new clues about aging.

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