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 December 31, 2012

Dr. Sarah Stoddard, University of Michigan – Online Peer Pressure

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sarah Stoddard of the University of Michigan explains peer pressure’s long reach into the virtual world of social media.

Sarah Stoddard is a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests include understanding the interaction between individual factors and social and environmental factors. Her findings have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Dr. William Connell, Seton Hall University – Niccolo Machiavelli

This week we're featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

William Connell of Seton Hall University captured the Listener Choice award with the discovery of a long-lost letter that explains the shifting political fortunes of Niccolo Machiavelli.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Dr. Chris Martine, SUNY Plattsburgh – How Plants Reproduce

This week we’re featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

Chris Martine from SUNY Plattsburgh took home the Best Smile honor for letting us in on the secret world of plant sex.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Dr. Sylvia Alajaji, Franklin and Marshall College – Female Rap in the Islamic World

This week we're featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

Sylvia Alajaji of Franklin and Marshall College earned The President’s Award for her explanation of how female rap artists are promoting women’s rights in the Muslim world.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago – Naked Mole Rats

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.

Thomas Park of the University of Illinois at Chicago received the Most Likely to Take Over the World award for this explanation of why the naked mole rat can survive conditions that would be lethal to most of us.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Dr. Daniel Abrams, Northwestern University – Cooperation, Competition, and Lefties

This week we’ll be featuring five winners of the 2012 Academic Minute Senior Superlatives.
 
Daniel Abrams of Northwestern University won the Most Likely to Blow Your Mind award for his research into how competition and cooperation determine the number of lefties within a society.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Dr. Connie Shemo, SUNY Plattsburgh – Female Missionary Physicians

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Connie Shemo of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, explains the connection between the women’s foreign mission movement of the early twentieth century and two pioneering female doctors.

Connie Shemo is an associate professor of history at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh. Her teaching and research interests include U.S. women's history, Chinese history, and the history of medicine. She holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton.

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Academic Minute
3:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Dr. Timothy Lyons, University of California, Riverside – Ocean Oxygen

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Timothy Lyons of the University of California Riverside explains the complex history of the Earth’s oxygen-rich oceans.


Timothy Lyons is a professor of biogeochemistry at the University of California, Riverside, where his current research explores the evolving ocean and atmosphere and their cause-and-effect relationships with the origin and evolution of life. His work has appeared in numerous academic journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Academic Minute
9:15 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Dr. Ian Kaplan, Purdue University – Predation Risk and Digestion

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ian Kaplan of Purdue University explores the complex ecological and biological relationship between predators and their prey.

Ian Kaplan is an assistant professor of entomology at Purdue University where his lab seeks to apply theoretical principles from population and community ecology toward the sustainable management of crop pests. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Maryland.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Dr. Carlos Badenes, University of Pittsburgh – The Kepler Supernova

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Carlos Badenes of the University of Pittsburgh examines the origin of one of the scientific revolution’s most important astronomical events.

Carlos Badenes is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh where his research is focused on stellar evolution and the origins of Type Ia supernovae. He is currently leading an effort to develop data mining techniques to examine the role of binary systems as possible progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

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