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 January 28, 2013

Dr. Kevin Shakesheff, University of Nottingham – Observing Embryonic Development

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kevin Shakesheff of the University of Nottingham explains an innovation that allows better observations of embryonic development in the lab. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Dr. Emile van der Zee, University of Lincoln – How Dogs Think

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Emile van der Zee of the University of Lincoln reveals how dogs attach names to objects.

Emile van der Zee is Principal Lecturer and Director of Post-Graduate Studies in the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. His current line of research involves examining the nature of word comprehension in dogs. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Dr. Stefano Allesina, University of Chicago – Ecological Stability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stefano Allesina of University of Chicago explores the link between an ecosystem’s diversity and its stability.

Stefano Allesina is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.  His research is focused on the application of network theory to biology, with a specific focus on food webs, the networks describing who eats whom in an ecosystem. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Parma, Italy.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Dr. Marek Urban, University of Southern Mississippi – Self-Healing Materials

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Marek Urban of the University of Southern Mississippi explains the creation of a material with the ability to heal itself.

Marek Urban recently joined the faculty of Clemson University as the Sirrine Endowed Chair in Advanced Fiber Based Materials. His research group remains focused on the development of new generations of stimuli-responsive polymeric materials that exhibit self-repairing attributes.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Dr. Craig Stanford, University of Southern California – The Human Threat to Great Apes

Dr. Craig Stanford, University of Southern California – The Human Threat to Great Apes

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Craig Stanford of the University of Southern California explores the variety of threats the world’s great apes face from modern humans.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Dr. Darla Zelenitsky, University of Calgary – Feathered Dinosaurs

Credit Ryan Kid

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darla Zelenitsky of the University of Calgary reveals a find that is a first for North American paleontology.

Darla Zelenitsky is an assistant professor and the principal dinosaur researcher in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. Her research lab uses various approaches to reconstruct and examine changes in the biology and behaviors of extinct species. Her findings have be published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Dr. Colleen Seifert, University of Michigan – Dislodging Misinformation

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Colleen Seifert of the University of Michigan explains why it’s sometimes hard to abandon an idea even when you know it to be false.

Colleen Seifert is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research examines cognitive modeling (computer models of human thought), knowledge representation, memory retrieval, and judgment and decision-making.

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Academic Minute
10:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Dr. Robin Macaluso, University of Northern Colorado – LED Lighting and Energy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Robin Macaluso of the University of Northern Colorado turns us on to the energy-saving benefits of LED lighting. 

Robin Macaluso is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Her research interests include the synthesis and characterization of magnetically interesting materials and X-ray and neutron diffraction. She holds a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

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Academic Minute
10:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Dr. Juliana Fernandes, University of Miami – Negative Political Ads

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Juliana Fernandes of the University of Miami explores the downside of negative political ads.

Juliana Fernandes is an assistant professor of strategic communication at the University of Miami where her research interests include the impact of affective advertising, international political communication, and social media and online communication. Her most recent work examines the effects of negative political advertising and message repetition on candidate evaluation. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
7:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Dr. Priscila Caçola, University of Texas at Arlington – Developmental Coordination Disorder

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Priscila Caçola of the University of Texas at Arlington explains a condition that causes balance and motor skill impairments in many children. 

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