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 July 1, 2013

Dr. Glynnis Hood, University of Alberta – Beaver-Dependant Ecology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Glynnis Hood of the University of Alberta explains the ecological importance of the beaver. 


Glynnis Hood is an associate professor of environmental science at the University of Alberta where her research interests include freshwater ecology, wildlife ecology and management, and parks and protected areas. Her current research focuses on wetland ecology as it relates to wildlife habitat and how the presence of beavers affects pond morphometry, biodiversity, and water quality and quantity. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dr. James Cavanagh, Brown University – The Impulse to Do Nothing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Cavanagh of Brown University reveals how our brain and behavior can be influenced by our evolutionary past. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Dr. Dustin Goltz, DePaul University – Evolving Gay Culture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dustin Goltz of DePaul University explains the shifting meaning of “coming out” among different generations within the gay community.


Dustin Goltz is an assistant professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University. His teaching and research interests include queer theory, representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture, homonormativity and heteronormativity, LGBTQ social movements, and queer activism.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Dr. Emily Elliott, University of Pittsburgh – Environmental Risk from Aging Sewers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Emily Elliott of the University of Pittsburgh explores aging sewer systems and reveals the threat they pose to the environment.  


Emily Elliott is an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research seeks to trace fluxes of reactive nitrogen through atmospheric, terrestrial, and hydrologic systems using isotope geochemistry. She earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Dr. David Lentz – University of Cincinnati – Mayan Agriculture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Lentz of the University of Cincinnati reveals how a volcanic eruption has increased our knowledge of everyday life among the Maya.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Dr. Donald Stewart, SUNY-ESF – New Fish Species Discovered

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Donald Stewart of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry explains why he went looking for a new species of fish in a library. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Dr. Valorie Salimpoor – The Brain and New Music

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Valorie Salimpoor of the Rotman Research Institute explains the neurology behind the human love of music. 


Valorie Salimpoor is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rotman Research Institute / Baycrest Centre in Toronto where her research interests include neuroeconomics and neuroaesthetics. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on the neurological basis for musical enjoyment. She holds a Ph.D. from McGill University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Dr. Vasileios Lampos, University of Sheffield – Analyzing Digitized Literature

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Vasileios Lampos of the University of Sheffield reveals what detailed analysis of a period's literature says about the spirit of the age. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Dr. Michael Habib, University of Southern California – Novel Behavior and Evolution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Habib of the University of Southern California reveals why rarely-used behaviors can determine an animal’s evolutionary success. 


Michael Habib is an assistant professor of cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. As a paleontologist, he explores the relationships between animal structure and motion with a particular focus on collective behaviors such as swarming.

Dr. Michael Habib – Novel Behavior and Evolution

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Dr. Leah Lakdawala, Michigan State University – Prenatal Sexism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Leah Lakdawala of Michigan State University reveals how technology is allowing sex discrimination to begin before birth.


Leah Lakdawala is an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University where here teaching and research interests include labor and development economics. Her current research is focused on family structure, child welfare, and entrepreneurship in developing countries. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Leah Lakdawala – Prenatal Sexism

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