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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.

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January 20, 2017
Is laughing gas a bad thing? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater explores this silly question.
January 19, 2017
How do you have a breakthrough in randomness? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's David Zuckerman details how algorithms and computers can make sense of randomness.
January 18, 2017
Celiac disease and gluten have become big topics in the news. In today's Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Paul Graham takes a detailed look at this rare affliction.

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February 23, 2015
In today's Academic Minute, the interconnectedness of nature is on full display, as the University of North Florida's Cliff Ross discusses his work studying ecology of the Florida Keys to better understand coral reefs.
February 20, 2015
Joseph Bonaparte is probably most notably known as Napoleon’s older brother, but his cultural significance goes much further than his famous family. In today's Academic Minute, Monmouth University's Richard Veit profiles Point Breeze, the lavish garden Bonaparte brought to life on his New Jersey estate.
February 19, 2015
We’re still trying to figure what consciousness is exactly. In today's Academic Minute, Wichita State University's Elizabeth Behrman discusses her effort to create an artificial neural network.
February 18, 2015
Playing fetch with the family dog might have some far reaching benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's Megan Mueller explores the bonds of human-animal relationships. Mueller is a research assistant professor at Tufts's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
February 17, 2015
Ian Hawes and his team have a very hard job. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Canterbury lecturer -- who is working with colleagues from Aarhus University and the University of Tasmania -- discusses using underwater drones to map ice algae in Antarctica.

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