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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 27, 2015
Appraising the work of an educator is a highly nuanced process. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Missouri's Cory Koedel describes his work to improve the overall fairness of teaching evaluations. Koedel is an associate professor of economics and public policy at Missouri's Columbia campus. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
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.

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January 19, 2015
What can we tell from the face? There is mixed data, but some show a pretty strong coherence between what is felt and what is expressed. In today's Academic Minute, Skidmore College's Lawrence Ian Reed profiles the implications of facial expressions.
January 15, 2015
The more we learn about human sexuality, the more complicated it seems. In today's Academic Minute, Brock University's Anthony Bogaert chronicles an often-overlooked section of human sexuality: asexuality.
January 15, 2015
Discussion of presidential executive orders has proved to be a recurring topic of late. In today's Academic Minute, Gettysburg College's Shirley Anne Warshaw provides a historical analysis of this political process.
January 14, 2015
When a revolution occurs and the acting government of a nation is overthrown, what happens next? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Mike Allison discusses the aftereffects of revolution and his research on the effectiveness of newly instated governments.
January 12, 2015
You’ll be amazed at what you hear when you listen closely. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Kim Haines-Eitzen analyzes educational depth of acoustic soundscapes.

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