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 February 12, 2013

Dr. Haslyn Hunte, Purdue University – Discrimination and Substance Abuse

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Haslyn Hunte of Purdue University reveals the connection between the perception of unfair treatment and substance abuse.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Dr. Paul Macey, UCLA – Women and Sleep Apnea

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Paul Macey of the UCLA School of Nursing explains why the symptoms of sleep apnea can be worse for women than for men.

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Academic Minute
8:58 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Dr. Cathy Lucas, University of Southampton – The Cycle of Jellyfish Blooms

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Cathy Lucas of the University of Southampton explores the cyclical nature of jellyfish blooms. 

Cathy Lucas is Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton where her research encompasses a broad range of coastal and estuarine processes. Her current research projects are focused on the magnitude, causes, and consequences of jellyfish blooms around the globe. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton.

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Academic Minute
10:26 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Dr. Nina Jablonski, Penn State University – Evolution and Skin Color

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nina Jablonski of Penn State University explains how evolution has created such broad spectrum of human skin color. 

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Academic Minute
8:58 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Dr. Andrew Lim, University of Toronto – Night Owls and Morning People

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Lim of the University of Toronto explains the genetics behind the human sleep cycle.

Andrew Lim is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a neurologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. His research is focused on using statistical, genetic, neuropathological, and epidemiological approaches to understand the genes and neural circuits that regulate biological clocks and sleep. He holds an M.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Prof. Robert Heverly, Albany Law School – Who Controls the Internet?

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Robert Heverly of Albany Law School explores the legal implications surrounding differing definitions of the Internet.

Robert Heverly is an assistant professor of law at Albany Law School. His teaching and research interests include property and land use law, intellectual property and copyright law, and cyberspace and communications law.  He is also a fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he retains an affiliation as a faculty fellow. He earned his J.D. at Albany Law School.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Dr. Richard Walker, University of Maryland – Earth and the Formation of the Moon

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Walker of the University of Maryland reveals what we know about how the Earth weathered the period of heavy bombardment.

Richard Walker is a professor of geology at the University of Maryland where he serves as Director of the Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory. His research interests include the geochemical evolution of the Earth's crust and mantle and the origin of early solar system materials. He holds a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Dr. David Green, Midwestern University – How Australopithecus Lived

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Green of Midwestern University explains what a recent find reveals about how Australopithecus lived. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Dr. Thomas Reichler, University of Utah – Stratospheric Winds and Ocean Currents

Dr. Thomas Reichler, University of Utah – Stratospheric Winds and Ocean Currents

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Reichler of the University of Utah explains the connection between winds in the upper atmosphere and deep ocean currents.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Dr. Jose Antonio Mazzotti, Tuft University – Indigenous Writers and the Spanish Conquest

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jose Antonio Mazzotti of Tufts University reveals how the indigenous population of Peru responded to the Spanish conquest of the Andes.

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