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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. Mount Holyoke College. 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

July 25, 2016
Bringing people together for a weekend can be better for a city than building a museum. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Jonathan Wynn discusses how more performances and less concrete can lead to fewer problems for cities.
July 22, 2016
Retaining one’s cultural identity can be important for couples in intercultural unions. In today’s Academic Minute, Whitman College’s Helen Kim examines if combining cultures, races or religious backgrounds can make both stronger in the long run.
July 21, 2016
How can tree rings and shipwrecks help us predict where hurricanes will hit in the future? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Arizona's Valerie Trouet explains how studying the past can help us protect ourselves in the 21st century.

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August 22, 2014
Human psychology and neurological processes are rarely considered when drawing up blueprints for buildings. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Justin Hollander suggests that these factors should figure prominently when designing architecture and laying out city plans.
August 21, 2014
Are humans hard-wired to crave sweet treats? In today's Academic Minute, Yale University's Ivan de Araújo discusses the relationship our brain chemistry shares with the sugary snacks everyone loves.
August 20, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Stony Brook University's Arnout van de Rijt discusses his experiments showing that early success in endeavors breeds more success.
August 19, 2014
How life began on Earth remains one of the main foci of scientists the world over. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Buckingham's Chandra Wickramasinghe offers his thoughts on a cosmological starting point for life on our planet.
August 18, 2014
Discussions about civil rights in America rarely focus on the plight of Asian-American immigrants. In today's Academic Minute, though, Valdosta State University's Stephanie Hinnershitz describes how this segment of the population faced some very real struggles. Hinnershitz is an assistant professor of history at Georgia's Valdosta State.

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