The Academic Minute

Weekdays, 7:34am and 3:56pm

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 Mount Holyoke College, 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.

The Academic Minute airs each weekday at 7:34 a.m and 3:56 p.m.  You can also stay connected by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.

If you have a pitch for a segment, or any questions or comments about the segment, please e-mail us.

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 Newman's Own, giving all profits to charity and pursuing the common good for over 30 years, and from Mount Holyoke College.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen, Goldsmiths, University of London – Measuring Musicality

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Dr. Matt Lapierre, UNC Wilmington - Marketing to Kids

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Dr. Keith Humphreys, Stanford University - Alternative Tobacco Products

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Dr. Dennis O'Rourke, University of Utah - Life on the Bering Land Bridge

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.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates

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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Dr. Julia Boehm, Chapman University - Happiness and Health

Does being happy make you healthier? Is, perhaps, the inverse also true?

Dr. Julia Boehm, assistant professor in psychology at Chapman University, is studying the correlation between mind and body.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Dr. Jeremy Mould, Swinburne University of Technology - Gravity's Constant

Have the natural laws that govern the cosmos ever changed?

Dr. Jeremy Mould, professor of astrophysics and supercomputers at the Swinburne University of Technology, observes that gravity has remained unchanged for billions of years.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Dr. David Kaplan, Tufts University - Silk Biomedical Devices

Metallic screws and plates have long been used in reconstructive medical procedures.

Dr. David Kaplan, professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, touts the potential benefit of replacing metal with silk in these surgeries.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Dr. Megan Papesh, Louisiana State University - Flaws of Facial Recognition Tech

Facial recognition technology is still in its infancy.

Dr. Megan Papesh, assistant professor of psychology at Louisiana State University, is demonstrating weakness in a system many people may assume is completely secure. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Dr. Norah Feeny, Case Western Reserve University - PTSD Resilience

Exposure to trauma doesn't necessarily dictate PTSD for the victim.

Dr. Norah Feeny, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, is studying post-traumatic stress disorder to expand on our understanding of the affliction and potentially debunk some related myths.

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