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 December 2, 2013

Dr. Simone Riehl, University of Tuebingen – The Invention of Agriculture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Simone Riehl of the University of Tübingen discusses where and when agriculture arose. 

Simone Riehl is a senior researcher in archaeobotany at the Institute for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen. Her research interests include palaeoethnobotany, the emergence and development of agriculture, and palaeoecology and environmental archaeology of the Middle East. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Prof. Nancy Prideaux, University of Texas Austin – Logistics of Black Friday

In today’s Academic Minute, Prof. Nancy Prideaux of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the year-long process behind the biggest retail shopping day of the year.

Nancy Prideaux is Director of the UT in NYC program and a senior lecturer in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research is focused on apparel retail and visual merchandising and she has taught a variety of courses in the Textiles and Apparel curriculum at the University of Texas.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Dr. Harvey Markowitz, Washington and Lee University - Native Americans and Hollywood Films

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Harvey Markowitz of Washington and Lee University discusses portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood and a recent high-profile flop.

Harvey Markowitz is an assistant professor sociology and anthropology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. His research examines the inter-relationships among American Indian religions, landscapes, cultures, histories, and identities. He recently co-edited the book Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Prof. Ethan Ham, The City College of New York – Games and Entertaining Choices

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Ethan Ham of the City College of New York examines what makes an interesting choice and entertaining game.

Ethan Ham is an associate professor of electronic design and multimedia at the City College of New York. He is also a contemporary artist whose artwork often draws upon his background as a game developer. Prior to entering academia, Ethan worked in the computer game industry for eleven years as a game designer, a game programmer, and a game producer.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Dr. Ayalla Ruvio, Michigan State University – Materialism, Stress, and Consumerism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ayalla Ruvio of Michigan State University explains the relationship between stress and compulsive shopping. 

Ayalla Ruvio is an assistant professor of marketing at Michigan State University.  As an applied consumer behavior researcher, her work focuses on issues such as consumers' decision making regarding new products, identity and consumption, and cross-cultural consumer behavior. Her research has been published in a number of refereed journals and she is co-author of the book Identity and Consumption.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Dr. Aaron Ellison, Harvard Forest – Ecosystems and Tipping Points

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Aaron Ellison of Harvard University’s Harvard Forest describes efforts to intervene before ecosystems pass their tipping points. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Dr. Andrew Timming, Univ. of St Andrews – Visible Tattoos and Employment

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Timming of the University of St Andrews discusses how visible tattoos can influence the outcome of a job interview. 

Andrew Timming is a reader in management at the University of St Andrews where his primary research interests lie in the areas of employee voice (involvement / participation) and employee silence. He also has a strong interest in the body art industry.  He earned his Ph.D. in economic sociology at the University of Cambridge.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Dr. Helen Neville, University of Oregon – Neuroplasticity and Early Childhood Education

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Helen Neville of the University of Oregon discusses a method that utilizes early childhood education to overcome socioeconomic disadvantages in educational outcomes. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Dr. Peter Dodson, University of Pennsylvania – Lumping Dinosaur Species

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Dodson of the University of Pennsylvania explains how the fossilization process can make individual fossils hard to interpret.

Peter Dodson is a professor of veterinary gross anatomy and vertebrate paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his graduate students have studied dinosaurs around the globe in places such as Montana, Egypt, Madagascar, Argentina, and China. He earned his Ph.D. at Yale University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Dr. Brian Toon, University of Colorado Boulder – Faint Young Sun Paradox

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brian Toon of the University of Colorado Boulder reveals how a weaker sun could have supported early life on Earth. 

Brian Toon is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research group studies radiative transfer, aerosol and cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry and parallels between the Earth and other planets. He has also helped conceive, develop and lead many NASA airborne field missions. He has published more than 300 papers and he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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