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 4, 2013

Prof. Arnold Wilkins, University of Essex - Evolution and the Fear of Holes

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Arnold Wilkins of the University of Essex digs up the evolutionary origin of a strange phobia. 

Arnold Wilkins is a professor of psychology at the University of Essex where he is currently investigating the way in which visual and visuo-perceptual difficulties contribute to reading disorders. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Sussex for work on human memory. His work has been widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Dr. Elaine Handley, Empire State College - Ekphrastic Writing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elaine Handley of Empire State College explores the long literary tradition of writing about inanimate objects. 

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Dr. Elaine Handley - Ekphrastic Writing

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Dr. Douglas Kenrick, Arizona State University – Evolution and Rational Behavior

In today’s Academic Minute, Douglas Kenrick of Arizona State University explains why irrational behavior can appear rational when viewed from an evolutionary perspective.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Dr. Steve Hirsch, Tufts University - Collectivism and Individualism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Steve Hirsch of Tufts University traces the historical roots of the societies based on individualism and collectivism.

Steve Hirsh is an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of history at Tufts University. His teaching and research interests include the interactions between Greco-Roman civilization and other peoples of the ancient world, and global and comparative approaches to the study of antiquity. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Dr. Inna Gaisler-Salomon, University of Haifa - Pre-Conception Stress and Genetic Change

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Inna Gaisler-Salomon of the University of Haifa reveals why stress may have a more far-reaching impact than previously believed. 

Inna Gaisler-Salomon is a lecturer in psychobiology and principal investigator in the Molecular Basis for Psychopathology lab at the University of Haifa. Her lab uses molecular biology tools to manipulate neural circuits in rats and mice to address questions from experimental psychology. She earned her Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Dr. Christoph Adami, Michigan State University - Evolution Punishes Selfishness

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Christoph Adami of Michigan State University reveals why evolution favors cooperation over selfish behavior.

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Academic Minute
10:29 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Dr. Stephanie Pau, Florida State University - Tropical Forests and Climate Change

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephanie Pau of Florida State University explains why tropical forests may already have all the heat the ecosystem can tolerate.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Dr. Jennifer Crosby, Williams College – Prejudice and Conversational Dynamics

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jennifer Crosby of Williams College examines how we react to perceived prejudice in a social setting. 

Jennifer Crosby is an assistant professor of psychology at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her Groups Process and Social Interactions Lab examines individual and situational factors affecting attention, decision-making, and behavior in intergroup interactions. She earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Dr. Atalia Omer, Notre Dame - Israeli and Palestinian Identity

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Atalia Omer of the University of Notre Dame discusses the role of cultural and religious identity in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Dr. Timothy Roth, Franklin and Marshall College - Climate and Brain Function

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Timothy Roth of Franklin and Marshall College explores the link between local climate and brain capacity within wide-ranging species.

Timothy Roth is an assistant professor of psychology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His research combines the study of neurobiology, animal behavior, and ecology to understand the processes by which natural selection influences the use of space in animals. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

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