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 September 10, 2013

Dr. Stefan Lüpold, Syracuse University – Female Control of Sexual Selection

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stefan Lüpold of Syracuse University explain how females of certain species can pick the father of their offspring after mating with multiple males.


Stefan Lüpold is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Syracuse University. His research is focused on behavioral ecology and sexual selection in birds and insects, with a specific focus on male and female adaptations to postcopulatory sexual selection. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Dr. Bill Fischel, Dartmouth College – The Origin of Summer Vacation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Bill Fischel of Dartmouth College reveals the history of the modern academic calendar.


Bill Fischel is a professor of economics and the Robert C. 1925 & Hilda Hardy Professor of Legal Studies at Dartmouth College. He has been a professor at Dartmouth since 1973 and his current research project is focused on the economics of land use and zoning laws. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Dr. Jason Nadler, Georgia Tech – Recreating the Remora Grip

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Nadler of the Georgia Institute of Technology reveals how the remora is able to maintain such a strong grip on its host.


Jason Nadler is an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. More specifically, Nadler is a research engineer in the Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory. His principal area of interest is inorganic multifunctional porous materials systems. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Dr. Einat Lev, Columbia University – Understanding Lava

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Einat Lev of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University describes her research into the properties of flowing lava. 


Einat Lev is a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.  She works on the Lava Project in conjunction with Bob Wysocki and Jeff Karson at Syracuse University. She earned her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Dr. Dana Hawley, Virginia Tech – Why Diseases Evolve Increased Virulence

Dana Hawley (right)

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dana Hawley of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University explains why diseases evolve more virulent strains that pose a greater threat to the host. 


Dana Hawley is an associate professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech. Her research explores the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that underlie pathogen susceptibility within and across ecological scales. Her current project seeks to link host ecology and behavior with changes in pathogen virulence. She earned her Ph.D. at Cornell University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Dr. Anders Garm, University of Copenhagen – Starfish Vision and Eye Evolution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anders Garm of the University of Copenhagen reveals what starfish vision can teach us about the evolution of more complex eyes.


Anders Garm is an associate professor of biology at the University of Copenhagen where he studies vision in marine species such as starfish and jellyfish. His work has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen.

About Dr. Garm

Dr. Anders Garm – Starfish and Eye Evolution

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey McKee, Ohio State University – Human Population and Animal Extinction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeffrey McKee of Ohio State University explores the connection between human population growth and the rising rate of species extinction. 


Jeffrey McKee is a professor of anthropology at Ohio State University where he conducts research on hominid evolution and paleoecology. His current interests focus on computer modeling and simulation of evolutionary and fossilization processes. He earned his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Dr. Kelly Mix, Michigan State University – Spatial Training and Math Ability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kelly Mix of Michigan State University reveals the connection between math ability and visual spatial training. 


Kelly Mix is a professor of educational psychology in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University. Her research is focused on the development of number concepts and mathematical reasoning, with a particular interest in the emergence of these ideas in infancy and early childhood. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Dr. Edward Hanna, University of Sheffield – The Jet Stream and Greenland Warming

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Edward Hanna of the University of Sheffield reveals the connection between a pattern in the jet stream and recent warm temperatures in Greenland.


Edward Hanna is a professor of climate change in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. His research is primarily focused on meteorology and climate change in high-latitude regions such at Iceland, Greenland, and the polar region. He received his Ph.D. from University College London.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Dr. Julian Agyeman, Tufts University – Spatial Justice and Urban Planning

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Julian Agyeman of Tufts University explores how the concept of spatial justice can strengthen the economy and social fabric of communities.


Julian Agyeman is a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. As an environmental social scientist, his research examines the complex relationship between humans and the environment. His work has been widely published the he holds a Ph.D. from the University of London.

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