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.

Pages

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Dr. Juliana Fernandes, University of Miami – Listener Choice Award

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of The Academic Minute's Third Annual Senior Superlatives.

Dr. Juliana Fernandes of the University of Miami earned the award in the Listener Choice category for her description of the downside of negative political ads. 

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Dr. Robyn Metcalfe, University of Texas at Austin – Logistics and Food Supply

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Robyn Metcalfe of the University of Texas at Austin explains the complex supply chain that keeps food on your table.

 Audio FileDr. Robyn Metcalfe, University of Texas at Austin – Logistics and Food SupplyEdit | Remove

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Dr. Christopher Kochanek, Ohio State University – Visible Supernovae

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Christopher Kochanek of Ohio State University calculates the odds of a visible supernova occurring in the coming decades.

Christopher Kochanek is a professor of astronomy at Ohio State and the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Observational Cosmology. His research interests include cosmology and gravitational lensing. His astronomic research has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

About Dr. Kochanek

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Dr. Ken Noll, University of Connecticut - Dickens and Glowing Bacteria

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ken Noll of the University of Connecticut explains why Charles Dickens makes a descriptive reference to a glowing lobster.

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson, Monmouth University – Presidents and Humor

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson of Monmouth University explores the effective use of humor by politicians.

Michael Phillips-Anderson is an assistant professor of communication at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland College Park.

About Dr. Phillips-Anderson

Dr. Michael Phillips-Anderson – Presidents and Humor

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Dr. Timothy Hatton, University of Essex – History and Average Height

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Timothy Hatton of the University of Essex discusses the factors behind the increase in average height over the past century.

Tim Hatton is a professor of economics at the University of Essex where his research is focused on economic history and applied economics. He has published extensively on the economic history of labor markets, including the issues of unemployment, poverty and the causes and effects of international migration. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick.

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Dr. Sujay Kaushal, University of Maryland – Acid Rain and Alkaline Rivers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sujay Kaushal of the University of Maryland reveals how acid rain has made rivers and streams less acidic. 

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Dr. Robert Levenson, University of California Berkeley - Genetics of Marital Bliss

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Robert Levenson of the University of California Berkeley explores the genetics nature of marital satisfaction.

 Audio FileDr. Robert Levenson, University of California Berkeley - Genetics of Marital BlissEdit | Remove

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Dr. Lisa Peschel, University of York – Lost Theatrical Works of the Holocaust

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lisa Peschel of the University of York discusses the discovery of theatrical works that were only performed in World War II Jewish ghettos. 

Lisa Peschel is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Television at the University of York. Her research interests include theories of affect, identity and subjectivity, as well as understanding trauma, humour, and the role that theatrical performance plays within societies in crisis. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Read more
Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Dr. Francisco Beron-Vera, University of Miami - Black Holes of the Sea

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Francisco Beron-Vera discusses vortices that transport bodies of water around the globe.

Francisco Beron-Vera is a research associate professor in the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. He research interests include the transport and mixing processes in geophysical fluids as well as geophysical fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

About Dr. Beron-Vera

Read more

Pages