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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

March 3, 2015
When one thinks of Vikings, lavish dinner parties are probably not the first thing that come to mind. But in today's Academic Minute, Baylor University's Davide Zori tells us that vikings were really into parties.
March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.
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.

Archive

January 7, 2015
Without doubt, Michael Brown’s death and the related events occurring in and around Ferguson, Mo., have catalyzed national debate about race relations. In today's Academic Minute, New York University's Charlton McIlwain suggests that news coverage about Brown did not always focus completely on ethnicity.
January 6, 2015
Certain personality traits appear to have direct correlations with somewhat unrelated attitudes. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Jacob Hirsh analyzes these connections to make larger predictions about specific ideological trends on a national level.
January 5, 2015
Is your Facebook feed distorting your ability to recall events accurately? In today's Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Kimberly Fenn discusses how social media sharing can distort memory.
December 19, 2014
Not everyone takes the traditional four-year path through the university system. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Pennsylvania's Joni Finney discusses some non-standard routes toward graduation.
December 18, 2014
The tone of a written passage can fully influence how it is comprehended. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Richard Lachmann is studying the shifting tonality of textbooks especially in their treatment of war.

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