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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.


October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.


January 23, 2015
There's a lot of stuff happening in the human gut! In today's Academic Minute, the Scripps Research Institute's Dennis Wolan explains his work with the microbiotic enzymes to better understand our bodies and hopefully treat disease.
January 22, 2015
Nuclear disasters, naturally, affect the life in the surrounding areas. In today's Academic Minute, the University of South Carolina's Timothy Mousseau explores Chernobyl and Fukushima to see how far the radioactive damage may go.
January 20, 2015
Do outside factors influence evolution? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Yoel Stuart describes a species of lizard that is very quick to adapt.
January 19, 2015
What can we tell from the face? There is mixed data, but some show a pretty strong coherence between what is felt and what is expressed. In today's Academic Minute, Skidmore College's Lawrence Ian Reed profiles the implications of facial expressions.
January 15, 2015
The more we learn about human sexuality, the more complicated it seems. In today's Academic Minute, Brock University's Anthony Bogaert chronicles an often-overlooked section of human sexuality: asexuality.


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