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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

July 27, 2015
Self-driving cars are almost a reality. In today's Academic Minute, Kettering University's Diane Peters discusses her work toward creating autonomously piloted vehicles.
July 24, 2015
We’re still making discoveries about Shakespeare. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Douglas Bruster presents his research into Shakespeare’s brand.
July 23, 2015
The next big economic power might not be where you’d expect it. In today's Academic Minute, Drake University's Jeffrey A. Kappen profiles the burgeoning market places of the Middle East.

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June 2, 2015
Ideally, sleep is a restful time that recharges our bodies and readies us for the coming day. In today's Academic Minute, though, the University of Minnesota's Michael Howell describes a sleep disorder characterized by intense physical motions.
June 1, 2015
Is fracking harmful to our planet or is it worth the economic boon it brings? In today's Academic Minute, Pennsylvania State University's Susan Brantley discusses her exploration of the water in areas where fracking occurs.
May 29, 2015
The future of the coastline depends on more than just sand and water. In today's Academic Minute, Dylan McNamara of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington explores the dynamics of coupled human-environmental systems and how they apply to coastal communities and property value.
May 28, 2015
Droughts have been in the news a great deal of late.  In today's Academic Minute, Columbia University's A. Park Williams discusses how his work on trees has helped him learn a great deal about droughts in the process.
May 27, 2015
Blueberries are delicious, but aside from their palatable flavor, eating them comes with some great health benefits. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Sarah Johnson touts the  benefits of consuming blueberries.

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