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
Thu April 25, 2013

Dr. Hans Larsson, McGill University – Evolution of Birds

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Hans Larsson of McGill University discusses the evolutionary pressures that influenced the development of flight in birds.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Dr. Jason Martin, DePaul University – Social Media and Chinese Censorship

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Martin of DePaul University explains the growth of Chinese social media sites and the government’s attempts to control them.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Dr. David Frayer, University of Kansas – Speech and Handedness in Neanderthals

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Frayer of the University of Kansas reveals evidence of handedness among Neanderthals and discusses what the new data implies about their capacity of language.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Dr. Stuart Thomson, University of Arizona – The Formation of Antarctica

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stuart Thomson of the University of Arizona explains the formation of Antarctica’s most dramatic and inaccessible features.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Dr. Jay Huebner, University of North Florida – Historical Meteorite Impact

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jay Huebner of the University of North Florida reveals the geographic evidence supporting reports of a historical meteorite impact.

Jay Huebner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is one of the university’s charter faculty members and has taught a variety of engineering, physics, and astronomy courses. He has studied at the prestigious Keck Observatory in Hawaii and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Dr. Andrew Stephen, University of Pittsburgh – Social Media and Self-Control

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Stephen of the University of Pittsburgh explains how your behavior may be influenced by social media connections. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Dr. Giora Proskurowski, University of Washington – Plastic in the Oceans

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Giora Proskurowski reassesses the amount of plastic pollution being held in the world’s oceans.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Dr. Leonard Mermel, Brown University – Germs and Spaceflight

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Leonard Mermel of Brown University reveals why small germs can cause big problems for astronauts on long-term missions.

Leonard Mermel is a professor of medicine in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His research seeks to understand the pathogenesis, epidemiology, and prevention of hospital-acquired infections. His work has been published in a number of peer-review journals and book chapter.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Dr. Gareth Dyke, University of Southampton – Dinosaurs and Flight

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gareth Dyke of the University of Southampton explains how a newly discovered fossil is complicating the story of how and when flight evolved.


Gareth Dyke is a senior lecturer in vertebrate paleontology at the University of Southampton where his research addresses the evolutionary history of birds and their dinosaurian relatives. His research has been widely published and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bristol.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Dr. Evguenia Malaia, University of Texas at Arlington – Sign Language and the Brain

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Evie Malaia of the University of Texas at Arlington reveals what features of American Sign Language have to say about how the brain processes language.

Evie Malaia is an assistant professor in the Center for Mind, Brain, and Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her work utilizes EEG and fMRI techniques to investigate the neural basis for language processing and the effect of linguistic experience on visual processing, memory, and executive control. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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