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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

April 1, 2015
Humans are living much longer lives and as this trend continues, it presents interesting shifts in the family structure. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Patricia Drentea discusses the changing face of the modern family.
March 31, 2015
What’s the first thing you noticed about the opposite sex? As it turns out, that might depend on what you’re looking for. In today's Academic Minute, Western Oregon University's Jaime Cloud profiles human mating psychology. Cloud is an evolutionary psychologist at Western Oregon. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
March 30, 2015
Addiction is a highly complicated disease, one that has been very difficult to treat. In today's Academic Minute, Scripps Research Institute's Kim Janda discusses a vaccine that might help counteract addiction.

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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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