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 3, 2013

Dr. Dale Durran, University of Washington – Humidity and Cold Drinks

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dale Durran of the University of Washington explains why it’s more difficult to keep your drink cold on a humid day. 

Dale Durran is a professor of atmospheric sciences and an adjunct professor of applied mathematics at the University of Washington. His research interests include mesoscale dynamic meteorology, numerical methods, mountain meteorology, and atmospheric waves. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Dr. Michael Levin, Tufts University – Embryonic Development and Organ Placement

In today’s Academic Minute, Michael Levin of Tufts University explains the process that determines organ placement as an embryo develops. 


Michael Levin is Professor and Director of the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology at Tufts University. His research is focused on understanding morphological and behavioral information processing in living systems. He holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School.

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Dr. Michael Levin, Tufts University – Embryonic Development and Organ Placement

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Dr. Judith Ochrietor, University of North Florida – Cancer Fighting Protein

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Judith Ochrietor of the University of North Florida explains how a dangerous protein can also be dangerous for cancer. 


Judith Ochrietor is an associate professor of biology at the University of North Florida where she uses her studies of cell adhesion and metabolism in the neural retina to train undergraduate and Masters of Science students. She earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Ohio State University and later studied the development of the mammalian neural retina as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Dr. Christopher Nomura, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry – New Antibacterial Mater

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Christopher Nomura of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains the discovery of a new weapon in the battle against bacteria.



Christopher Nomura is an associate professor of Chemistry at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research interests center on using molecular techniques to improve the supply of precursors for biobased products. He holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Dr. Andrew Marsh, University of Warwick – Nanodiamonds and Low-Energy Laundry

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Marsh of the University of Warwick reveals how nanodiamonds could help keep your energy costs down and your laundry sparking white.


Andrew Marsh is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Warwick. His research uses organic chemistry and molecular design to create functional molecules and to understand how those molecules interact with each other and with biological targets.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Dr. Tom Dillehay, Vanderbilt University – Human Migration into the Americas

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Dillehay of Vanderbilt University explains the debate over exactly how and when humans migrated into North and South America. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Dr. Brennan Peterson, Chapman University – Psychology of Infertility

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brennan Peterson of Chapman University examines the psychological challenges surrounding the issue of infertility.



Brennan Peterson is an associate professor of psychology and the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Chapman College in Orange, California. His research focuses on the mental health implications of infertility including couple coping processes and fertility awareness issues. He holds a Ph.D. from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Dr. David Vaught, Texas A&M University – Rural Origins of Baseball

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Vaught of Texas A&M University explores big-city baseball’s rural roots.  

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Dr. Sarah Feakins, University of Southern California – Environment and Bipedalism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sarah Feakins of the University of Southern California explores the role environmental factors played in the origin of bipedalism. 


Dr. Feakins is an assistant professor of Earth sciences at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Her research uses biogeochemical analytical approaches to answer questions about climatic and ecological change. Her current projects include compound-specific carbon isotopic reconstruction of paleovegetation. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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Academic Minute
10:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Dr. Phil Fisher, University of Oregon – Infant Perception and Parental Arguments

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Phil Fisher of the University of Oregon reveals an infant’s ability to pick up on the tone of conversations around them.  


Phil Fisher is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on childhood trauma and maltreatment, and foster and adopted children.  He is particularly interested in the effects of early stressful experience on children's neurobiological and psychological development.

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