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.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Antoinette Maniatty of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explains how a better understanding of metal fatigue can increase safety and profitability in the aviation industry.

Antoinette Maniatty is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  Her research group works in the broad field of computational solid mechanics with particular emphasis on modeling material deformation.  She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brad Bushman of Ohio State University examines the relationship between victory and a competitor’s aggressive behavior.

Brad Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology and the Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication at Ohio State University where he studies the causes and consequences of human aggression and violence.  His research has been featured on numerous television programs and in more than 100 peer-reviewed academic journals.  He holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Missouri.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Ellis of Saint Michael’s College reveals the connection between American rock and roll pioneer Sam Phillips and the roots of reggae.

William Ellis is an assistant professor of fine arts at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he specializes in traditional and popular music of the American South including blues, gospel, soul, and early rock & roll. He plays guitar professionally and is also preparing his dissertation on Reverend Gary Davis for publication.He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stacey Robertson of Bradley University explains how many of the tactics used by nineteenth-century abolitionists have been adapted and employed by those seeking to eradicate modern forms of slavery.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Clark of Alma College reveals deceptive behavior found in male wolf spiders.

David Clark is Chair and Professor of Biology at Alma College in Alma, Michigan, where his research is focused on animal communication and the evolution of visual displays. His most recent research project examined habitat light characterization and visual displays in wolf spiders. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

About Dr. Clark

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joni Hersch of Vanderbilt University explores the relationship between pay and the likelihood of experiencing sexual harassment.

Joni Hersch is a professor of law and economics at Vanderbilt University where her research interests include sexual harassment, skin color discrimination, job risks faced by immigrant workers, costs of smoking, punitive damages awards, and judge and jury behavior. She has published numerous articles in the leading economics journals and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Laipson of Bard College at Simon’s Rock explains the shifting perception of bachelorhood in American history and culture.

Peter Laipson is a historian and Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. As a historian, Laipson’s research has focused on gender roles and relations in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

About Dr. Laipson

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Caleb Everett of the University of Miami explains the complicated relationship between numbers and words.

Caleb Everett is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami. He spends much of his time doing field research in Brazil where his current project asks how (and to what extent) the language one speaks affects cognition in domains such as spatial topology, gender perception, and action perception. He holds a Ph.D. from Rice University.

About Dr. Everett