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
11:58 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Dr. Andrew Goldfine, Weill Cornell Medical College – Awareness in Vegetative Patients

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Goldfine of Weill Cornell Medical College takes a second look at a study that found awareness in some patients that were in a vegetative state.


Andrew Goldfine is an assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He is currently working in the labs of Nicholas Schiff and Jonathan Victor at Weill Cornell Medical College, studying the pathophysiology of disorders of consciousness, and the use of neurophysiological tools to track recovery of movement and large-scale cerebral networks.

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Academic Minute
8:17 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Dr. Darby Proctor, Emory University – Fairness in Chimpanzees

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darby Proctor of Emory University shares research indicating a innate sense of fairness in chimpanzees.


Darby Proctor is a postdoctoral fellow at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University where her research examines the decision-making processes of nonhuman primates under circumstances of risk. She is currently working on a series of gambling style tasks to elucidate risk preferences in chimpanzees. She holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

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Academic Minute
8:31 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird, Oregon State University – Marine Predators and Prey Density

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird of Oregon State University explains why marine prey species do not always find safety in numbers.

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Academic Minute
8:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, University of Southern California – The Brain and Distasteful People

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh of the University of Southern California explains how the brain behaves differently while observing someone we dislike.

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Academic Minute
9:13 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Dr. Sam Sommers, Tufts University – Context and Moral Behavior

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sam Sommers of Tufts University demonstrates how our behavior is often influenced by the context of our daily lives.

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Academic Minute
9:06 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Dr. Robert Schwartz, Mount Holyoke College – Hugo, History, and Les Misérables

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Robert Schwartz of Mount Holyoke College explores the historical events that inspired Victor Hugo to pen Les Misérables.


Robert Schwartz is the E. Nevius Rodman Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College where he teaches courses on the history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century France. His current research studies rural communities and politics in Burgundy during the century following the French Revolution. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Academic Minute
9:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Dr. David Burley, Simon Fraser University – Dating Polynesian Settlement

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Burley of Simon Fraser University explains how radiometric dating techniques are improving our understanding of exactly when the settlement of Polynesia began.

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Academic Minute
9:38 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Dr. Richard Palmer, University of Alberta – Barnacle Reproduction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Palmer of the University of Alberta reveals a surprising find about how some barnacles reproduce.

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Academic Minute
9:58 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Dr. Jason Keller, Chapman University – Bogs and the Carbon Cycle

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Keller of Chapman University explains how organisms alter one of life’s most fundamental processes in oxygen-poor environments.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Dr. Ben Horton, University of Pennsylvania – Historic Sea Level Change

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ben Horton of the University of Pennsylvania reveals what we know about sea level change over the past two millennia.

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