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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

May 31, 2016
How does aspirin work in your body? In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Daniel Klessig examines how this widely used drug goes about its work. Klessig is a professor at Cornell's Boyce Thompson Institute. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
May 30, 2016
People with HIV are living longer than ever before, but secondary illnesses could be an issue. In today's Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's Allison Webel discusses how improving lifestyle behaviors in HIV patients could help mitigate the risk of these diseases.
May 27, 2016
Does the mass media’s coverage of obesity affect how we perceive others? In today's Academic Minute, Chapman University's David Frederick says how we frame the national discussion of obesity can have a big influence on those suffering from it.

Archive

July 14, 2014
How a child learns about the concept of safety depends greatly on the conversations they have with their parents. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Iowa's Jodie M. Plumert discusses her experiment to understand how safety and danger are perceived.
July 11, 2014
Music is generally regarded as one of the most pleasurable stimuli we, as humans, experience -- but some people do not respond to music. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Barcelona's Josep Marco-Pallarés discusses this strange phenomenon.
July 10, 2014
Preschool isn’t just finger-painting and nap-time. In today's Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Peter Savelyev touts the long-term benefits of early learning.
July 9, 2014
“They may be more resistant to climate change than we thought,” the University of Utah's Denise Dearing says about pikas. In today's Academic Minute, Dearing, a professor of biology at Utah, describes how the diet of these rabbit-like mammals is changing as they learn to survive amid changes in their environment.
July 8, 2014
When you think “big data,” you may not immediately think of the genetic contents of the deep sea. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Davis's Holly Bik describes her research analyzing sea water in an effort to “barcode the sea.”

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