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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

September 30, 2016
You write what you read. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Yellowlees Douglas examines if reading more polished writing can make you a better writer.
September 29, 2016
Do you fidget while you sit? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Jaume Padilla discusses whether this sometimes annoying activity can actually keep you healthier.
September 28, 2016
New ways of communicating the effects of climate change are needed. In today's Academic Minute, Barnard College's Stephanie Pfirman explores whether making a game of it will help spread the information.

Archive

November 24, 2014
Scientific inspiration sometimes comes from strange places. In today's Academic Minute, Virginia Tech's James Hanna discusses the physics of whirling dervishes.
November 20, 2014
Viewing Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through a modern lens opens up some very interesting interpretations. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Hong Kong's Douglas Kerr discusses the legendary author’s work with a contemporary context.
November 20, 2014
The Earth is a few billion years old and a lot has transpired during that time. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Jack Ridge explains how more precisely understanding geologic time can create an accurate record of the planet’s climate.
November 19, 2014
Some films use auditory hallucinations to indicate a character’s mental illness. Colloquially known as “hearing voices,” this is a very real problem for some people. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Bergen's Kenneth Hugdahl discusses this intriguing and misunderstood affliction.
November 18, 2014
A clean source of energy might just save the world. In today's Academic Minute, West Virginia University's Shikha Sharma explains how she is working toward that goal.

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