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 17, 2013

Dr. Amy Kelley, Mount Sinai School of Medicine – End-of-Life Healthcare Expenses

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amy Kelley of Mount Sinai School of Medicine examines the average Medicare recipient’s medical expenses during the last five years of life. 


Amy Kelley is an assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Her research focuses on medical decision making for older adults with serious medical illness. She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College.

About Dr. Kelley

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Dr. Gerald Haeffel, University of Notre Dame – Is Depression Contagious?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gerald Haeffel of the University of Notre Dame explain why college students might be open to catching depression while away at school. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Dr. Thomas Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke College – Philosophy of Children’s Books

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Wartenberg of Mount Holyoke College reveals the philosophical thought that exists in children’s picture books. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Dr. Daniel Goldmark, Case Western Reserve University – Music of Tin Pan Alley

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Goldmark of Case Western Reserve University revisits the music of Tin Pan Alley and explains why buying music by the song isn’t a new idea. 

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Academic Minute
9:47 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Greene, Western University – Roman Shoes

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elizabeth Greene of Western University explains what shoes found at an archaeological dig in England have to say about the ancient Romans who wore them. 


Elizabeth Greene is an assistant professor in Roman Archaeology at Western University in London, Canada. With research focusing on Roman archaeology and social history, she has been engaged in field work at the Roman Fort of Vindolanda near Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England for the last nine years. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Dr. Stephen Trent, University of Texas at Austin – Bacteria and Vaccines

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Trent of the University of Texas at Austin reveals how bacteria could be used to create better vaccines. 

Stephen Trent is an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin. His lab explores how diverse environmental stimuli promote changes in conserved microbial structures found on the surface of pathogenic bacteria. His current research project is exploring the use of bacteria to improve the efficacy of vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera, and HPV.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Dr. Tim Blackburn, University of Birmingham – Human Migration and Bird Extinctions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tim Blackburn of the University of Birmingham reveals the connection between human migration and the extinction of tropical birds. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Dr. Sara Konrath, University of Michigan – Age and Empathy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sara Konrath of the University of Michigan explores the relationship between age and the ability to feel empathy for others.  

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Dr. Brian Houston, University of Missouri – Texting and Deployed Military Personnel

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brian Houston of the University of Missouri reveals how modern communication technology is changing how military families deal with deployment. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Dr. Dorothy Peteet, Columbia University – Hudson River and Climate Records

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dorothy Peteet of Columbia University reveals what the Hudson River has to say about the climate of the past. 

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