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
Fri May 16, 2014

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, Michigan State University - Hip Hop Culture Identities

As hip hop culture expands, schools are expanding with it.

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, assistant professor of educational administration at Michigan State University, is studying this trend.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Dr. Peter Turchin, UConn - Cliodynamic Models of History

Can math be used to better understand history?

Peter Turchin, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, is doing just that through complex mathematical algorithms.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, Virginia Tech - Fainting Goats

The Latin name myotonia congenita might not mean much to you, but you've likely seen them in action.

Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, professor of pathology and genetics at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, fills us in on one of the internet's favorite animal oddities: the fainting goat.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Washington University in St. Louis - Hidden Biology of RNAs

RNA seems like the unsung little brother of DNA and protein.

But Yehuda Ben-Shahar, assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis, is learning a great deal about their very important molecular responsibilities.

Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shahar is an assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the roles of genes, genetics, and evolution in shaping and driving specific animal behaviors. He earned a PhD from the University of Illinois in 2002.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Dr. Bruce Peabody, Fairleigh Dickinson University - American Heroism

"Big Data" is being mined to glean all sorts of information.

Bruce Peabody, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is studying trends as they relate to our understanding of heroism in America.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Borer, University of Minnesota - Grassland Fertilization and the Nutrient Network

It's no secret that the presence of humans has a great effect on the environment.

Elizabeth Borer, associate professor in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Department at the University of Minnesota, is conducting global experiments to better understand how plants grow.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Dr. Chris Fee, Gettysburg College - What a Living Wage Looks Like

Economic inequality and minimum wage are becoming increasingly discussed topics during these turbulent economic times.

Chris Fee, professor of English at Gettysburg College, asks what constitutes a living wage?

Dr. Christopher Fee is a professor and chair of the Department of English at Gettysburg College. Fee has published numerous articles and has given conference presentations on many interdisciplinary topics. He earned his PhD in English at the University of Glasgow.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Dr. King Davis, University of Texas at Austin - Segregated Psych Centers

During the 1800s, segregation was even visible in the medical arena.

King Davis, professor and director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin, is studying the medical records  from the Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Dr. Radu Sporea, University of Surrey - Sci-Fi Technology

The amazing technology we see in science-fiction is fast becoming reality.

Radu Sporea, academic research fellow at the University of Surrey, is helping to bring some of these future-thinking inventions to life.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Dr. Paul Hearty, UNC Wilmington - Climate Change Patterns

What's the best way to study climate change?

Paul Hearty, associate professor in the Environmental Studies department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is looking back in time in order to make conclusions about the future of our environment.

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