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 April 22, 2014

Dr. Joanne Dickson, University of Liverpool - Depression and Goals

How does depression affect one's personal goals?

Joanne Dickson, research director on the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Programme in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool, surveyed the personal goals of people with depression and people who have never suffered from the mood disorder to study the results.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Dr. Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland - The Geometry of Life

The constraints of physical shape have helped guide life's evolutionary path.

Jayanth Banavar, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) at the University of Maryland, discusses how geometry plays a significant role in development and evolution.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Dr. Jessica Remedios, Tufts University - The Stigma Of Prejudice

Prejudice is a highly complicated and nuanced concept.

Dr. Jessica Remedios, assistant professor of psychology at Tufts University, examines the perplexing issue of prejudice by taking a look at the variables present in nearly all social interactions.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dr. John Roe, University of North Carolina at Pembroke - Declining Leatherback Turtle Populations

The leatherback turtle population is getting some much needed help.

Dr. John Roe, assistant professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, is tracking, studying and helping to develop strategies that will help to revitalize the leatherback population.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Dr. Victoria Kaspi, McGill University - Neutron Star Movement

What is left after a star explodes and dies? The answer is a neutron star.

Dr. Victoria Kaspi, professor of astrophysics and cosmology at McGill University, is piecing together the structure of a specific type of neutron star called a magnetar.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Dr. Larissa Samuelson, University of Iowa, Playing With Your Food

Maybe you should let your children play with their food!

It seems like a mess just waiting to happen, but Larissa Samuelson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Iowa, is demonstrating that playing with one's food might be a beneficial part of the learning process.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Froh, Hofstra University - The Benefits of Gratitude

The feeling of gratitude can positively influence all the other factors of one's life.

Dr. Jeffrey Froh, associated professor of psychology at Hofstra University, is studying the far reaching effects that gratitude has on children.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Dr. Scott Kirkton, Union College - Understanding the Molting Process of Grasshoppers

Studying how insects metabolize and process oxygen could bring some relief for farmers hoping to protect their crops without using dangerous pesticides.

Dr. Scott Kirkton of Union College is learning a great deal about the biochemistry that triggers a grasshopper's molting process.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Dr. Phillip Ko, Vanderbilt University - The Decline of Memory Resolution

The clarity of one's memories is referred to as memory resolution.

Dr. Phillip Ko, a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, is studying the sharpness of memory in order to better understand the aging of the brain, memory loss and diseases like Alzheimer's. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Dr. Victor Albert, University at Buffalo - Ancient Lineage of Flower DNA

Studying the DNA of the ancient Amborella flower is opening up new insights into the evolution of certain plants and animals.

The University at Buffalo's Dr. Victor Albert is looking deeply into the ancient origins of this Amborella and working to sequence its genome in order to better understand how life has developed on Earth.

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