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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 17, 2014
Top scientists are working to keep us healthy on a molecular level. In today's Academic Minute, New York University Polytechnic Institute's Jin Kim Montclare describes her work fabricating microfibers from proteins.
November 14, 2014
The discovery of a new species is always exciting. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Cristina Cox Fernandes discusses the discovery of a new species of fish and the importance of continuing search, find and document new species.
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.

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