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
Tue January 28, 2014

Dr. Ken Noll, University of Connecticut - Microbes and Methane

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ken Noll of the University of Connecticut reveals the process of methane production by microbes in woodland ponds. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Dr. Curtis Marean, Arizona State University – Early Human Weapons

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Curtis Marean of Arizona State University discusses the technological developments that made early humans deadly hunters. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Dr. Thomas Sawicki, American Public University - New Stygobitic Species

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Sawicki of American Public University describes the discovery of a number of new species in the subterranean caves of Florida. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Dr. Kathryn Medler, University at Buffalo - Obesity and Tasting Sugar

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kathryn Medler of the University at Buffalo explains why sweets can be experienced differently by people of different weights. 

Kathryn Medler is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Her lab seeks to understand how signaling mechanisms are regulated within taste cells and how this regulation impacts the generation of the stimulus signal to the brain.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Dr. Neil Websdale, Northern Arizona University - Understanding Familicide

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Neil Websdale of Northern Arizona University explains efforts to better understand instances of familicide.

Neil Websdale is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northern Arizona University, and director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. He has worked with law enforcement and social agencies on policy issues for more than 20 years, and contributed to the establishment of a national network of domestic violence fatality review teams. Websdale holds a Ph.D. from the University of London.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Dr. Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University – Language Learning Computer

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Mitchell of Carnegie Mellon University introduces us to NELL, a language learning computer. 

Tom Mitchell is a professor of computer science and Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His current research projects are focused on determining how the human brain represents word meaning and creating a computer that learns independently by reading the Internet. He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Dr. Harold Gouzoules, Emory University - Psychology of Screaming

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Harold Gouzoules of Emory University explains the psychology of screaming in humans and other primates.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dr. Melissa Sloan, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee – Race and Workplace Satisfaction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Melissa Sloan of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee explores the role of race in determining workplace satisfaction.

Melissa Sloan is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Her research investigates the relationships among occupational and job characteristics, workplace status, the experience and expression of emotion in the workplace, and psychological well-being. She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Dr. Jeff Stanton, Syracuse University – Sonification of Data

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Stanton of Syracuse University reveals efforts to represent large data sets using sound.

Jeff Stanton is Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. As a result of his interests in data mining and machine learning, he has begun work in an emerging area called data science, which focuses on the management, analysis, and visualization of large data sets. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Pringle, University of Michigan – Trees and Ant Defenders

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elizabeth Pringle of the University of Michigan reveals how some tropical trees pay armies of ants to defend them against herbivorous pests. 

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