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
Mon November 18, 2013

Dr. Elena Mastors, American Public University – Profiling Adversarial Leaders

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elena Mastors of American Public University explains the value of understanding the psychological profile of adversarial leaders in armed conflicts. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Dr. Deanne Rogers, Stony Brook University – Subterranean Water on Mars

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Deanne Rogers of Stony Brook University discusses the evidence for subterranean water on Mars.

Deanne Rogers is an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University. Her researcher uses remote sensing techniques and laboratory spectroscopy to investigate planetary surface processes. She earned her Ph.D. at Arizona State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Dr. Sophie Wuerger, University of Liverpool – Age and Color Perception

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sophie Wuerger of the University of Liverpool explains how our perception of color remains constant even though our vision degrades with age.

Sophie Wuerger is a professor in the Institute of Psychology, Health, and Society at the University of Liverpool. Her research uses behavioral methods, EEG, and fMRI to understand how the human brain processes visual information with a focus on color vision.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Dr. Max Guyll, Iowa State University – Psychology of False Confessions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Max Guyll of Iowa State University reveals how an innocent person can be driven to confess to a crime. 

Max Guyll is an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. His research addresses topics related to health psychology, with a specific focus on issues relating to stress, physiologic reactivity, ethnicity, personality, and interpersonal influences. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Dr. Joel Beam, University of North Florida – Wound Care

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joel Beam of the University of North Florida examines what the body of research says about the best method for treating wounds.

Joel Beam is an associate professor of clinical and applied movement sciences and Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Florida. His research is primarily focused on the management of acute skin trauma with a particular focus on dressing techniques. He has published a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Prof. Edwin Torres, Monmouth University – Technology of the Terminator

In today’s Academic Minute, Prof. Edwin Torres of Monmouth University explains why the technology for building a Terminator is on the rise.

Edwin Torres is an adjunct professor of computer science at Monmouth University. He currently teaches courses in information technology. Torres is a full-time software developer with 21 years of industry experience. His areas of expertise include Java programming, web development and user interfaces.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Dr. Andrew Friedland, Dartmouth College – Wood Fuel and Carbon Emissions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Friedland of Dartmouth College explains why wood fuel isn’t necessarily the greenest option.

Andrew Friedland is the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. His research is dedicated to calculating methods for sustainable biomass use for energy production in old-growth forests. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Dr. John Broich, Case Western Reserve University – History of Municipal Water

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. John Broich of Case Western Reserve University explores the contentious history of the municipal water supply. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Dr. William Powell, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry – Blight Resistant Trees

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Powell of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains how genetic modification can save trees from blight. 

William Powell is a professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research is focused on restoring the American Chestnut tree through finding ways to combat the century-long blight, Cryphonectria parasitica.  He earned his Ph.D. at Utah State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Dr. Ali Nayeri, Chapman University – Cosmology and String Theory

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ali Nayeri of Chapman University discusses the explanatory power of string theory cosmology. 

Ali Nayeri is an assistant professor of physics in the Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University in Orange, California.  His teaching and research interests are focused on string theory and string cosmology. He is also a member of Chapman’s Institute for Quantum Studies.

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Dr. Ali Nayeri – Cosmology and String Theory

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