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 July 16, 2013

Dr. Barbara Mills, University of Arizona – Social Networks in Pre-Columbian North America

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Barbara Mills of the University of Arizona explains the role social networks played in pre-Columbian societies of the American Southwest.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Dr. Neil Segal, University of Iowa – Pregnancy and Changes in Foot Size

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Neil Segal of the University of Iowa reveals why having a baby could have you shopping for new shoes. 


Neil Segal is an associate professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa where his research interests include knee osteoarthritis and the musculoskeletal effects of pregnancy. He is a member of the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners and he earned his medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dr. Gerald Newsom, Ohio State University – Did Byrd Reach the Pole?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gerald Newsom of Ohio State University reexamines Admiral Byrd’s data to determine if he really reached the North Pole. 

Gerald Newsom is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Ohio State University. He recently used data and atmospheric models from the 20th Century Reanalysis Project to reassess Byrd’s 1926 mission to the North Pole.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Dr. Geraldine Wright, Newcastle University – Caffeine Gives Bees a Buzz

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Geraldine Wright of Newcastle University reveals why bees get a kick out of caffeine. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Dr. Ryan Sullivan, Carnegie Mellon University – Origin of California Snow

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ryan Sullivan of Carnegie Mellon University explains why California snow is dependent on dust from across the Pacific.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Dr. Daniel Ksepka, North Carolina State University – Hummingbird Ancestor Discovered

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Ksepka of North Carolina State University describes the common ancestor of today’s swifts and hummingbirds. 


Daniel Ksepka is a research assistant professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University and a research associate of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. His research uses data from the fossil record and extant organisms to answer questions about major evolutionary events. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Dr. Andrew Juhl, Columbia University – What Does Average Mean?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Juhl of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explains why when it comes to pollution, the extremes are more important than the mean. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Dr. Tal Ezer, Old Dominion University – Uneven Sea Level Rise

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tal Ezer of Old Dominion University explains why one section of the Atlantic coast is more vulnerable to sea level rise than others.


Tal Ezer is Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, at the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography of Old Dominion University. His current research, as part of the University’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative, uses computer models and data analysis to study ocean circulation and climate change. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Florida State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Dr. Peter Levine, Tufts University – What Makes a Good Citizen

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Levine of Tufts University explores the social importance of active citizenship.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Dr. Oliver Beckers, Indiana University – Parasitism and Mate Selection

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Oliver Beckers of Indiana University explains how parasitism and impending death influence the mate choice of once insect species.

Oliver Beckers is a postdoctoral research fellow at Indiana University where he studies the evolution of insects in the Moczek Lab. His current project examines the influence of an eavesdropping parasite on the communication systems of crickets. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.

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