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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 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.
September 27, 2016
Turn off the lights. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Richard Stevens examines the effects of electric light on our circadian rhythms.

Archive

October 31, 2014
Graveyards are spooky. As such, they often serve as the backdrop for scary scenes in literature and film. In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Richard Veit explains that they're more than that -- graveyards embody a rich cultural, historical and artistic presence.
October 30, 2014
The presence of bats is a common theme for films, literature and anything angling to emit a creepy vibe. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Gary Kwiecinski describes his work to save them.
October 29, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft demonstrate how plants can hear predators.
October 28, 2014
We’re not exactly sure what yawns are or why we yawn. We know they’re contagious, but we’re still working out all the other details. In today's Academic Minute, the State University of New York at Oneonta's Andrew Gallup posits that yawns are a mechanism designed to cool the brain.
October 27, 2014
The climb toward equality continues in the LGBT community. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Cape Town's Alexandra Müller chronicles the plight of LGBT patients in the health care arena.

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