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
Fri September 28, 2012

Dr. Elaine Treharne – Tudor Courtly Love

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elaine Treharne of Stanford University explains the discovery of an inscription that provides rare insight into the nature of romantic relationships at the Tudor court.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Dr. Sean Horan, DePaul University – Humor and Coping with Stress

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sean Horan of DePaul University reveals how those in stressful occupations often use humor as a coping mechanism in their relationships.

Sean Horan is an assistant professor of communication at DePaul University where he researches dating relationships, focusing on a number of factors including initial attraction, deception, affection, and deceptive affection. His findings have been published in multiple journals and he holds a Ph.D. from West Virginia University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Dr. Jason Fridley, Syracuse University – Autumn and Invasive Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Fridley of Syracuse University explains how and when many invasive plants outcompete indigenous species.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Dr. Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Ancient Synagogue Unearthed

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In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discusses an ongoing archaeological dig in Israel that recently unearthed an ancient mosaic floor.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Dr. Darryl de Ruiter, Texas A&M University – Australopithecine Diet

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darryl de Ruiter of Texas A&M University reveals what we can lean about the diet of Australopithecus through a chemical analysis of their fossilized teeth.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Dr. Justin Halberda, Johns Hopkins University – Numbers Sense and Age

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Justin Halberda of Johns Hopkins University examines how our ability to work with numbers changes over time.

Justin Halberda is an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University where his research is focused on language acquisition and the organization of attention. He directs two laboratories that frequently work together, the Laboratory for Child Development and the Vision and Cognition Lab. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from New York University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Dr. James Hanson, Seton Hall University – Sea Lamprey and the Great Lakes

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Hanson of Seton Hall University reveals how chemistry is being used to combat populations of invasive sea lampreys in the Great Lakes.

James Hanson is a professor of chemistry at Seton Hall University where his research interests include organic chemistry and polymer/materials science. His research group is focused on creating materials for marine applications, including repellents for sharks and dolphins, sea lamprey control agents, and anti-fouling agents. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology.

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Prof. Sid McGuirk, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Air Traffic Control

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Sid McGuirk of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University explains how the air traffic control system is able to track and maintain the safety of thousands of daily flights.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Dr. Richard Aronson, Florida Institute of Technology – El Niño and Coral Growth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Aronson of the Florida Institute of Technology reveals the connection between coral growth and El Niño.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Dr. David Kisailus, University of California Riverside – Mantis Shrimp

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Kisailus of the University of California Riverside explains how understanding the structure of a powerful little shrimp could lead to materials that are both stronger and lighter.

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