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
9:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Dr. Michael Poulin, University at Buffalo – Psychological Benefits of Giving

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Poulin of the University at Buffalo reveals that while offering a helping hand to others, you may also be helping yourself.

Michael Poulin is an assistant professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo. His research seeks to understand why people engage in prosocial behavior as well as what factors influence a person’s response to stress and adversity. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Dr. Zlatan Krizan, Iowa State University – Envy and Narcissism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Zlatan Krizan of Iowa State University explains the role played by envy in creating a narcissistic personality. 

Zlatan Krizan is an assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University where his research is focused on the basic emotional, motivational, and personality processes relevant to understanding the human condition. More specifically, his work asks how social comparisons play into self-perception and how social context influences the psychological processes underlying social judgments. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder, University of North Florida – Skin Color and Racism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder of the University of North Florida explains the continued existence of colorism and skin tone bias within minority communities.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Dr. Jacob Hirsh, University of Toronto – Spirituality and Political Ideology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jacob Hirsh of the University of Toronto explores the connection between a person’s spirituality and political ideology.


Jacob Hirsh is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. His teaching and research interests include emotion, self-regulation, and decision-making, as well as social neuroscience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Dr. Matthew Goodwin, Northeastern University – Autism Studies and Wearable Technology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Matthew Goodwin of Northeastern University reveals how wearable technology is improving the quality of autism studies.


Matthew Goodwin is an assistant professor of health informatics at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. His current research project seeks to improve the understanding of minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island.

About Dr. Goodwin

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dr. Natalie Phillips, Michigan State University – The Brain and Reading

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Natalie Phillips of Michigan State University explores how the brain functions while reading literature.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Dr. John Ragosta, Hamilton College – History of the National Day of Prayer

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. John Ragosta of Hamilton College explores the historical roots of the National Day of Prayer.

John Ragosta is a visiting assistant professor of history at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. As a historian and lawyer, he has been widely published in both legal and historical journals in the areas of early American history, constitutional law and international relations. He is currently completing work on his latest book, Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, Texas A&M University – Violin Accents

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joseph Nagyvary of Texas A&M University demonstrates the different vowel tones possessed by many high-end violins. 

Joseph Nagyvary is a professor emeritus of biochemistry at Texas A&M University. He has conducted research into the construction and tonal quality of Stradivarius and Guarnerius violins for more than 25 years. He was the first to prove that the tonal quality of such violins was the result of treatments designed to protect the instruments from worm infestation.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Dr. Heath Brown, Seton Hall University – Political Activity and Non-Profits

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Heath Brown of Seton Hall University explores how some immigrant-serving organizations work to encourage voting.


Heath Brown is an assistant professor of political science at Seton Hall University, where his current research focuses on nonprofits, interest groups, and the presidency. In 2012 he published Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition and he recently received a grant to study immigrant groups and the 2012 election.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dr. Steve Yetiv, Old Dominion University – Oil Production and Foreign Policy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Steve Yetiv of Old Dominion University explains why U.S. foreign policy is closely tied to foreign and domestic oil production.

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