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 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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Dr. Stephanie King, University of St Andrews – Dolphins and Names

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephanie King of the University of St Andrews explains recent findings that point to the use of names by dolphins. 

Stephanie King is an honorary research fellow at the University of St Andrews where her doctoral research investigated the temporal and social aspects of vocal interactions in bottlenose dolphins. Specifically, she examined the individually distinctive signature whistle and its use in vocal copying and vocal matching interactions among both captive and wild dolphins. 

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Academic Minute
9:51 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Dr. Gareth Russell, New Jersey Institute of Technology – Habitat and Endangered Birds

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gareth Russell of the New Jersey Institute of Technology reassesses the number of endangered tropical bird species.

Gareth Russell is an associate professor of biological sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where his research seeks to understand how complex ecological systems work. His lab applies information-based statistics to ecology and employs Bayesian methods to estimating survivorship and related curves.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Dr. Lloyd White, Royal Holloway University - Reconstructing Gondwana

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lloyd White of Royal Holloway University discusses revisions to the map of the supercontinent Gondwana.

Lloyd White is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University in Surrey, England. His research interests include tectonics, geochronology, and structural geology. He is currently investigating the history of plate movement in Southeast Asia as well as the regional geology of Sulawesi and the Bird's Head peninsula.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Dr. Cornelia Class, Columbia University - Rare Earth Elements and Cell Phones

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Cornelia Class of Columbia University explains the importance of rare earth elements in the manufacture of electronics.

Cornelia Class is an associate research professor of geochemistry at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory where her research interests include solid Earth geochemistry and dynamics. Her work attempts to understand the past and present geology of the Earth’s mantle. She earned her Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Geochemistry in Mainz, Germany.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Dr. Keith Sanford, Baylor University - Power, Apologies, and Domestic Discord

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Keith Sanford of Baylor University explores the psychology behind the average domestic argument. 

Keith Sanford is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University. His research investigates married couples and other close interpersonal relationships, and he is especially interested in understanding how people resolve conflict. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Dr. Matthew Heard, Winthrop University - Infectious Disease and Species Extinctions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Matthew Heard of Winthrop University discusses the threat diseases pose to endangered species. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Dr. Lauren Gulbas, Dartmouth College – Cosmetic Surgery and Self Esteem

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lauren Gulbas of Dartmouth College explores the connection between cosmetic surgery, self esteem, and racial identity. 

Lauren Gulbas is an assistant professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College. Her teaching and research interests include medical anthropology, structures of inequality, health disparities, mental health, and Latin America. She earned her Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dr. Chris Roberts, University of California Los Angeles – Lifestyle and Teen Obesity

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chris Roberts of the University of California Los Angeles explores the link between lifestyle and health in teens. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Dr. Richard Boylan, Rice University – The Cost of Prison Reform

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Boylan of Rice University explores the connection between prison reform and a reduction in social aid programs. 

Richard Boylan is a professor of economics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His teaching and research interests include law and economics and political economy. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals and his findings on the economics of prison reform are scheduled for publication in 2014.

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