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
Tue March 12, 2013

Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Infant Brains and Adult Disorders

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill explains how an infant’s brain can display signs of future neurological disorders.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Dr. Hans Hofmann, The University of Texas at Austin – Genetics and Common Behaviors

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Hans Hofmann of the University of Texas at Austin reveals the genetic basis of common behaviors found in distantly related species.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Dr. Matthew Gilg, University of North Florida – Reproduction and Speciation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Matthew Gilg of the University of North Florida reveals what reproduction between diverging species has to teach us about evolution.

Matthew Gilg is an associate professor of biology at the University of North Florida. His research is focused on a variety of evolutionary questions including the genetics and process of speciation, species interactions, and hybridization.  He is currently overseeing several projects examining breeding among divergent species in northern Florida. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.

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Academic Minute
9:13 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Dr. David Schuff, Temple University – Using Social Media to Predict Elections

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Schuff of Temple University explains how your posts to various social media platforms are making traditional political polls obsolete.

David Schuff is an associate professor of management information systems at Temple University where he teaches courses in Java programming, object oriented modeling and development, and networking. His research interests include the management of computer support in large networked organizations and issues surrounding IT valuation. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

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Academic Minute
9:39 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Dr. T. Florian Jaeger, University of Rochester – The Brain and Universal Grammar

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. T. Florian Jaeger reveals how language is universally shaped by the inner workings of the human brain. 

T. Florian Jaeger is the Wilmot Assistant Professor of the Sciences at the University of Rochester. His research examines how production and comprehension complexity can influence a speaker’s choice in language variation. His findings have been widely published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and he earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Dr. Laura Mickes, University of Warwick – Social Media and Memory

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Laura Mickes of the University of Warwick explores why it’s often easy to remember a friend’s Facebook status but hard to remember a profound literary quote. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Dr. Kristin Bluemel, Monmouth University – Female Wood Engravers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kristin Bluemel of Monmouth University explains the appeal of early twentieth-century books illustrated by female engravers. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Dr. William Marling, Case Western Reserve University – Urbanization and the Detective Novel

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Marling of Case Western Reserve University traces the roots of the detective novel to the process of urbanization.


William Marling is a professor of literature at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where his research is focused on detective novels, globalization, and American Modernism. He has published books on Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and is currently writing about the rise of “world literature.” He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Dr. William Wright, Chapman University – Territorial Limpets

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Wright of Chapman University explains how limpets battle it out for the best section of the tide pool. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Dr. Samuel Sober, Emory University – How Birds Learn to Sing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Samuel Sober of Emory University reveals how birds listen to themselves to get their songs right every time.


Sam Sober is an assistant professor of biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His current research on singing behavior in finches investigates the relationship between neural activity, muscular activation, and task performance by using a range of techniques to describe how neural circuits drive vocal output. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco.

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