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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 30, 2015
Teatime might be healthier for your heart than previously thought. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Montserrat Rabago-Smith describes a newly discovered health benefit of drinking green tea.
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.


March 13, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Charles Marshall of the University of California at Berkeley explores the mitigating factors that can contribute to the eventual dying out of a particular species of animal.
March 12, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Hofstra University's Sina Rabbany describes new insights into how blood vessels acquire characteristics, and how they might be  used to transform how we repair damaged organs.
March 11, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Russell Poldrack describes his findings from a 14-month study he conducted on his own brain.
March 10, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Brigham Young University's Chad Jensen suggests that the type of teasing a child may experience can have some very specific results.
March 7, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Indiana University's Robert Goldstone examines why those who copy the ideas of others play an important role in innovation.


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