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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.

PROGRAMS

August 24, 2016
Our understanding of the universe is getting smaller and smaller. In today's Academic Minute, Siena College's John Cummings describes neutrinos and why they are so key to our understanding of the cosmos.
August 23, 2016
Scientists are developing an actual window to the brain. In today's Academic Minute, Guillermo Aguilar of the University of California, Riverside, discusses transparent skull implants and how they can give scientists a chance to deliver better treatments to their patients.
August 22, 2016
There are more refugees than ever before -- what does this mean for refugee mothers? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Tennessee's Julia Jaekel explains why keeping homeland child-caring practices should be important for all refugee mothers.

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November 13, 2014
The jazz legend Dave Brubeck is noted for his incredible music skill as a pianist and bandleader, but his work as a civil rights activist doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. In today's Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Keith Hatschek is working to to change that.
November 12, 2014
We've come very close to an interstellar calamity. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Colorado at Boulder's Daniel Baker is studying the dangerous weather patterns of outer space. Baker is director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences and physics there. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 11, 2014
Microscopic pathogens are all around us, working to make us sick. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Saskatchewan's Joseph Rubin is studying these superbugs and working to prevent a potentially deadly epidemic.
November 10, 2014
We’re still in the infancy of neuroscience. In today's Academic Minute, George Washington University's Mohamad Koubeissi helps to unravel the mystery of the human brain and it’s incredible abilities.
November 7, 2014
Have you ever been offended by a joke? In today's Academic Minute, Gettysburg College's Steve Gimbel discusses the nature of offensive jokes and why we seem to have an type of ethical understanding embedded in humor.

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