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 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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Dr. Michelle Miller, Northern Arizona University – How We Remember

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michelle Miller of Northern Arizona University explains why some types of information are more easily remembered than others.


Michelle Miller is a professor of psychology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her research is generally focused on language and memory, and more specifically, how normal aging affects the ability to produce and comprehend language. Her work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Academic Minute
3:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Dr. Elisabeth Blagrove, University of Warwick – The Shape of Evil Faces

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elisabeth Blagrove of the University of Warwick reveals why shapes can influence how we perceive faces.

Elisabeth Blagrove is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Warwick where her teaching and research interests include selective attention, processing of emotional faces, and social attention. Her work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Dr. Stephanie Pfirman, Columbia University – An Iceless Arctic

Credit Bruce Gilbert

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia University explains the importance of the geographic area destined to be the last refuge for year-round Arctic sea ice.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Dr. Jeff Lane, University of Alberta – Hibernation and Shifting Climate

Credit David Mitchell

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Lane of the University of Alberta reveals how shifting weather patterns are disrupting the life cycle of hibernating mammals.


Jeff Lane is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His current research is focused on examining the temporal patterns of resource allocation in mammals, specifically, North American red squirrels and Columbian and Richardson’s ground squirrels. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Dr. Stuart Robbins, University of Colorado, Boulder – Mapping Martian Craters

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stuart Robbins of the University of Colorado Boulder explains his work mapping craters on the surface of Mars.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Dr. Damian Scarf, University of Otago – Detecting Morality in Infants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Damian Scarf of the University of Otago reexamines the conclusions of an experiment that claimed to detect a sense of morality in infants. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Dr. Jenny Stuber, University of North Florida – Socioeconomics and the College Experience

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jenny Stuber of the University of North Florida explains why students from different socioeconomic backgrounds experience college differently.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dr. James Tabery, University of Utah – The Psychology of Sentencing

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Tabery of the University of Utah explains how a psychological diagnosis of a defendant can influence the length of their sentence if convicted.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, Emory University – Boldness and Presidential Success

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University reveals the traits shared by psychopathic individuals and successful U.S. presidents.

Scott Lilienfeld is a professor of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His research is focused on the causes and assessment of personality disorders (especially psychopathic personality) and personality traits. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

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