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
Thu November 8, 2012

Dr. Claire Fraser, University of Maryland – Microbes and Human Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Claire Fraser of the University of Maryland explains the growing understanding of how microbes influence overall human health.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Dr. Erica van de Waal, University of St. Andrews – Social Learning in Primates

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Erica van de Waal of the University of St. Andrews reveals the important role mothers play in learning among groups of vervet monkeys. 

Erica van de Waal is a research fellow in the school of psychology and neuroscience at the University of St. Andrews. She conducts field research focused on examining learning among groups of wild vervet monkeys. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Dr. Erica van de Waal – Social Learning in Primates

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Dr. Erica Chenoweth, University of Denver – Success of Non-Violent Revolution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver examines the success rates of both violent and non-violent resistance movements.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Dr. Pushker Kharecha, Columbia University – Peak CO2 Emission

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Pushker Kharecha of Columbia University’s Earth Institute explains how a small shift in the timing of peak CO2 emissions will shape the Earth’s climate for centuries.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Dr. Thomas Morrissey, SUNY Plattsburgh – Young-Adult Dystopian Fiction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Morrissey of the State University of New York Plattsburgh explains the growing popularity of the young-adult dystopian novel.


Thomas Morrissey is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the English Department at the State University of New York Plattsburgh. His teaching and research interests include science fiction and Irish literature. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University.

About Dr. Morrissey

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Dr. Ephraim Fischbach, Purdue University – Predicting Solar Flares

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ephraim Fischbach of Purdue University reveals how solar flares may soon be predicted through measuring variability in nuclear decay rates.

Ephraim Fischbach is a professor of physics at Purdue University where his current research project is investigating variability in nuclear decay rates, once believed to be a constant, and how the process is influenced by cycles of solar activity. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Dr. Fischbach

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Dr. Chris Olivola, University of Warwick - Appearance and Political Preference

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chris Olivola of the University of Warwick reveals why a politician’s looks can often have more of an influence on voters than their stated policies.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Dr. Kate O’Brien, University of Queensland – Women and Academic Research

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kate O’Brien of the University of Queensland uses population models from ecology to explain the challenges faced by women pursuing careers in academic research.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Dr. Kathrin Stanger-Hall, University of Georgia – Abstinence-Only Sex Education

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kathrin Stanger-Hall of the University of Georgia reveals the connection between abstinence-only sex education and teen pregnancy rates.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Dr. Amy Smith, University of the Pacific – The Appeal of Jane Austen’s Characters

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amy Smith of the University of the Pacific probes the international appeal of the characters that populate the work of Jane Austen.

Amy Smith is an associate professor of English at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In addition to a course in technical communication, she also teaches a popular course on Jane Austen.

About Dr. Smith

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