The Academic Minute

Weekdays, 7:30AM and 3:56PM
  • Hosted by Lynn Pasquerella

The Academic Minute can now be found at ACADEMICMINUTE.ORG.  Below is an archive of shows from May 2015 and prior.

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy.

Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You'll enjoy updates on groundbreaking scientific research, an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace, to name a few.

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The Academic Minute opens with a selection by WAMC contributor and renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, who appears on Classical Music According to Yehuda during WAMC's Roundtable program. The piece is Bach's Suite No. 2 in D Minor.

Production support for The Academic Minute comes from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The Academic Minute for 10.20-10.24

Oct 24, 2014

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Monday, October 20
Doug Smith - UC San Diego   
Molecular Motors
Dr. Doug Smith is a physicist who studies molecular motors, the physics of knots, and the dynamics of single polymers such as DNA. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago..

2014.10.20 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Oct 20, 2014

Monday, October 20
Dr. Doug Smith of UC San Diego applies physics to the study of DNA.

Tuesday, October 21
Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic of Georgia Tech discusses breakthroughs in our understanding of black holes.

Wednesday, October 22
Dr. Megan Ferry of Union College traces the shifting environment of foreign language learning.

The Academic Minute for 10.13-10.17

Oct 17, 2014

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10.13.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Oct 13, 2014

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Monday, October 13
Dr. Diane Beauchemin of Queen's University discusses forensic advances in hair sample identification.

Tuesday, October 14
Dr. Michele Coscia of Harvard University analyzes memetics.

Wednesday, October 15
Dr. Valorie Titus of American Public University examines the eastern tiger salamander.

The Academic Minute for 10.6-10.10

Oct 10, 2014

The Academic Minute for 10.6.2014 - 10.10.2014

10.6.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Oct 6, 2014

October 6 - 10

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Monday, October 6
Dr. Kathryn Heinze of The University of Michigan discusses the philanthropy of the Detroit Lions.
 

Tuesday, October 7
With the help of Cochlear Implants, Dr. Feilin Hsaio of The University of The Pacific shows how the hearing impaired can enjoy music.

Wednesday, October 8
Dr. Kristin Malecki of The University of Wisconsin Madison explores green space awareness.

The Academic Minute for 9.29 - 10.3

Oct 3, 2014

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9.29.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Sep 29, 2014

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Monday, September 29
Dr. William Alex Pridemore of Georgia State University details the connection between incarceration and mortality.

Tuesday, September 30
Dr. Patrick Forber of Tufts University discusses the evolution of spite.

Wednesday, October 1
Rice University's Dr. Kirstin Matthews unravels the complexity of biomedical patents.

The Academic Minute for 9.22 - 9.26

Sep 26, 2014

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9.22.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Sep 22, 2014

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Monday, September 22
Dr. Jennie Brand of The University of California Los Angeles examines unemployment as a single mother.

Tuesday, September 23
Dr. Amit Bhattacharjee of Dartmouth College explains the unintended consequences when marketing becomes too effective.

Wednesday, September 24
The University of Surrey's Dr. Radu Sporea explores the majesty of engineering complexity.

The Academic Minute for 9.15-9.19

Sep 19, 2014

The Academic Minute for 9.15.2014 - 9.19.2014

9.15.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Sep 15, 2014

September 15th - 19th

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Monday, September 15
Dr. Amanda Kibler of The University of Virginia analyzes the changing linguistic landscape of the classroom.

Tuesday, September 16
Dr. Kirsten Beyer of The Medical College of Wisconsin touts the health benefits of green space.

Wednesday, September 17
Bard College's Dr. Felicia Keesing examines the threatened biodiversity of African savannas.

The Academic Minute for 9.8 - 9.12

Sep 12, 2014

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9.08.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Sep 8, 2014

September 8 - 12

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Monday, September 8
Dr. David Rosenbaum of Penn State University discusses precrastination.

Tuesday, September 9
Dr. Betsy Shenkman of The University of Florida asks if you can pay people to be healthier.

Wednesday, September 10
Rutgers University's Dr. Don Schaffner dispels myths about washing one's hands.

The Academic Minute for 9.1 - 9.5

Sep 5, 2014

The Academic Minute for 9.01.2014 - 9.05.2014

9.01.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Sep 1, 2014

September 1 - 5

This Week on The Academic Minute

Monday, September 1
Dr. Casey Klofstad of The University of Miami highlights the deleterious effects vocal fry has on women in the workplace.

Tuesday, September 2
Dr. Ole Hertel of Aarhus University explores air pollution modeling.

Wednesday, September 3
The University of Texas at Austin's Dr. Edward LeBrun profiles an insect invasion.

The Academic Minute for 8.25 - 8.29

Aug 29, 2014

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8/25: This Week on The Academic Minute

Aug 25, 2014

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Monday, August 25
Dr. Stefan Sarafianos of The University of Missouri discusses a chemical in soy sauce resistant to the HIV.
 

Tuesday, August 26
Dr. Steven Schandler of Chapman University examines the lasting effects of alcoholism, specifically on ACOAs or adult children of alcoholics.
 

The Academic Minute for 8.18-8.22

Aug 22, 2014

Monday, August 18
Stephanie Hinnershitz - Valdosta State Universty  
Asian-American Immigration  

8.18 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Aug 18, 2014

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Monday, August 18

Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz of Valdosta State University discusses the plight of Asian-American immigrants.

Tuesday, August 19

Dr. Chandra Wickramasighe of The University of Buckingham presents a theory on the cosmological beginning of life on Earth.

Wednesday, August 20

Stony Brook University's Dr. Arnout van de Rijt examines how success can engender more success.

The Academic Minute for 8.11-8.15

Aug 15, 2014

Monday, August 11
Alyssa Crittenden - University of Nevada Las Vegas  
Microbiota of the Hadza Tribe

8/11 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Aug 11, 2014

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Monday, August 11
 
Dr. Alyssa Crittenden of The University of Nevada Las Vegas analyzes the gastrointestinal bacteria of the Tanzanian Hadza tribe.

Tuesday, August 12
 
Dr. Mark Hunter of The University of Michigan details the results of a landmark 30 year study of forest moths.

Wednesday, August 13

8/04 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Aug 4, 2014

Coming Up on The Academic Minute on WAMC

Monday, August 4
 
Dr. Robert Burne of The Australian National University analyzes Martian minerals.

Tuesday, August 5
 
Dr. Sean Morrison of The University of Texas Southwestern examines protein production on a cellular level.

Wednesday, August 6

The University of Surrey's Dr. Radu Sporea discusses the efficiency of solar power.

This Week on The Academic Minute

Jul 28, 2014

Monday, July 28
 
Dr. Sam Maglio of The University of Toronto Scarborough explains how sounds influence interpretation.

Tuesday, July 29
 
Dr. Elizabeth Cirulli of Duke University discusses the contagiousness of yawns.

Wednesday, July 30

Michigan State University's Dr. Jason Moser takes a look at the psychology of optimism.

This Week on The Academic Minute

Jul 21, 2014

Monday, July 21
 
Dr. Fred Jourdan of Curtin University discusses mass extinction through an analysis of ancient volcanic eruptions.

Tuesday, July 22
 
Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University touts the long lasting health benefits of playing a high school sport.

Wednesday, July 23

The University of Kansas' Dr. Paul Selden is using spider fossils to reconstruct ancient ecosystems.

As with most art, musical ability and talent is difficult to measure.

However, Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and co-director of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London, is using some interesting metrics to quantify an individual's musicality.

Dr. Matt Lapierre, UNC Wilmington - Marketing to Kids

Jun 12, 2014

There's a wide array of kid's products and videos claiming to be educational.

Matt Lapierre, assistant professor of communications at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, examines the effectiveness of marketing in spite of the lack of observable results.

Alternative tobacco products are on the rise.

Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University,  discusses a form of smokeless tobacco that is catching on overseas.

The Bering Strait is usually thought of as the migratory path whereby many of our ancestors found their way to America.

Dennis O'Rourke, professor of anthropology at the University of Utah, is hunting for clues that might indicate a people indigenous to this area.

Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates

Jun 9, 2014

One segment of the population commits suicide more than any other: Hispanics teens.

Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, shares some numbers and dissects the factors contributing to this troubling trend.

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