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 June 9, 2014

Dr. Luis Zayas, UT Austin - Latina Suicide Rates

One segment of the population commits suicide more than any other: Hispanics teens.

Dr. Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, shares some numbers and dissects the factors contributing to this troubling trend.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Dr. Julia Boehm, Chapman University - Happiness and Health

Does being happy make you healthier? Is, perhaps, the inverse also true?

Dr. Julia Boehm, assistant professor in psychology at Chapman University, is studying the correlation between mind and body.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Dr. Jeremy Mould, Swinburne University of Technology - Gravity's Constant

Have the natural laws that govern the cosmos ever changed?

Dr. Jeremy Mould, professor of astrophysics and supercomputers at the Swinburne University of Technology, observes that gravity has remained unchanged for billions of years.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Dr. David Kaplan, Tufts University - Silk Biomedical Devices

Metallic screws and plates have long been used in reconstructive medical procedures.

Dr. David Kaplan, professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, touts the potential benefit of replacing metal with silk in these surgeries.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Dr. Megan Papesh, Louisiana State University - Flaws of Facial Recognition Tech

Facial recognition technology is still in its infancy.

Dr. Megan Papesh, assistant professor of psychology at Louisiana State University, is demonstrating weakness in a system many people may assume is completely secure. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Dr. Norah Feeny, Case Western Reserve University - PTSD Resilience

Exposure to trauma doesn't necessarily dictate PTSD for the victim.

Dr. Norah Feeny, professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, is studying post-traumatic stress disorder to expand on our understanding of the affliction and potentially debunk some related myths.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Dr. Peter McGraw, University of Colorado - A Science of Humor

Can we accurate codify why things make us laugh?

Dr. Peter McGraw of the University of Colorado Boulder draws on his work with Caleb Warren and The Humor Research Lab (HuRL) to answer the question, “What makes things humorous?”

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Dr. Nancy Low, McGill University - Inactivity and Depression

Can leading a sedentary lifestyle contribute to depression?

Dr. Nancy Low, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, is studying the correlation between these two afflictions.

Nancy Low is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, Clinician-Researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and Staff Physician in the Mood Disorders Program of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Dr. Robin Read, Plymouth University - Robot Communication

In the world of science fiction, humans and robots converse freely.

Robin Read, research fellow at Plymouth University in the UK, is studying the nature by which robots communicate.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Dr. Arun Bhunia, Purdue University - Better Salmonella Detection

Salmonella outbreaks can be devastating.

To reduce this danger, Arun Bhunia, professor of food microbiology at Purdue University, is working on new techniques and technology that will more quickly identify the infectious strain.

Dr. Arun Bhunia is a professor of food microbiology at Purdue University. His research focuses on pathogen detection and mechanism of pathogenesis. He earned a Ph.D. in food microbiology from University of Wyoming in 1989

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