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 August 26, 2013

Dr. Adam Siepel, Cornell University – Similarity in Primate DNA

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Adam Siepel of Cornell University explains why humans and chimpanzees are drastically different despite sharing much of the same DNA.


Adam Siepel is an associate professor of biological statistics and computational biology at Cornell University where his research explores the intersection of statistics, computer science, evolutionary biology, and genomics. His current focus is the development of computational methods for the identification of functional elements in genomes. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Dr. Katharine Maus, University of Virginia – Shakespeare’s View of Property

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Katharine Maus of the University of Virginia explores the sixteenth-century view of property as revealed in the works William Shakespeare. 


Katharine Maus is the James Branch Cabell Professor and Associate Chair of English at the University of Virginia. Her primary teaching and research interest is English literature of the Renaissance and she recently published,  Being and Having in Shakespeare. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Dr. Scott Schieman, University of Toronto – Health, Stress, and Workplace Authority

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Scott Schieman of the University of Toronto explains why greater workplace authority can undermine the health benefits that usually come with higher social status. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Prof. Nancy Kim, California Western School of Law – Internet Contracts

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Nancy Kim of California Western School of Law explores the nature of Internet-based contracts we often agree to without careful consideration. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Dr. Gerald Koudelka, University at Buffalo – Detecting Dangerous Bacteria

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gerald Koudelka of the University at Buffalo explains why some of the most dangerous strains of bacteria can outlive their benign cousins in the wild. 


Gerald Koudelka is Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo. His lab conducts research into the mechanisms of DNA sequence recognition and the evolution of bacteriophage-encoded exotoxins. He holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Dr. Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick – History of Economic Imitation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Giorgio Riello of the University of Warwick reveals how European manufacturers were once seen as producers of cheap imitations of Asian goods.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Dr. Stephen Mucher, Bard College – The History of Teacher Evaluation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Mucher of Bard College explains the motivations behind the first teacher observations of the nineteenth century. 


Stephen Mucher is an assistant professor of history and education at Bard College. His teaching and research interests include history education, the history of education, and the development of historical thinking processes in adolescents. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Dr. Robert Scherrer, Vanderbilt University – Magnetism and Dark Matter

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Robert Scherrer of Vanderbilt University lays out a hypothesis that could explain dark matters elusive nature. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Dr. William Marling, Case Western Reserve University – The Great Gatsby

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Marling of Case Western Reserve University explains the initial and continuing popularity of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. 


William Marling is a professor of literature at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where his research is focused on detective novels, globalization, and American Modernism. He has published books on Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and is currently writing about the rise of “world literature.” He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Dr. Jason Chan, Iowa State University – Forming Inaccurate Memories

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Chan of Iowa State University explains the process that makes our memories vulnerable to the accumulation of errors. 

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