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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

February 26, 2015
The search for life outside of our own solar system continues. In today's Academic Minute, Brad Hansen of the University of California at Los Angeles explores a new method for locating habitable planets in deep space. Hansen is a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 25, 2015
Competition is a huge driver of human action. In today's Academic Minute, St. John’s University's Paul Gaffney offers a compelling analysis of the meaning of competition. Gaffney is chair of the philosophy department at St. John's. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
February 24, 2015
New insights into pertussis are helping to fight the disease. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Jennifer Maynard describes her work to fight whooping cough.

Archive

August 10, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's Sandra Russ explores how the level of imagination in children’s play has responded to recent technology and time restrictions.
August 9, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Earle McBride examines the discovery of microscopic artifacts on one of history’s most famous beaches.
August 8, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of California at Riverside's Lawrence Rosenblum, explains how our senses are often telling us more than we consciously realize.
August 7, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Bristol's Judyth Sassoon explores the discovery of a pliosaur fossil with signs of severe arthritis. Sassoon is a researcher in the School of Earth Sciences at Bristol, where her current research is focused on the palaeobiology of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Find out more about her here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
August 6, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Washington State University's Ben Ellis discusses research indicating that the Yellowstone super volcano may have erupted more frequently than previously thought.

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