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
Wed September 12, 2012

Dr. Richard Brutchey, University of Southern California – Paint-On Solar Cell

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Richard Brutchey of the University of Southern California explains a breakthrough that will allow any surface to become a solar cell.

Richard Brutchey is an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Southern California where his research interests include nanotechnology and synthetic inorganic chemistry. His research group is working to find novel ways to synthesize functional nanocrystals. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley.

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Dr. Janet Currie, Princeton University – Stress and Pregnancy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Janet Currie of Princeton University reveals the link between a woman’s exposure to stress during pregnancy and the probability of experiencing complications during labor and delivery.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Dr. Nancy Kiang, Columbia University – The Color of Extraterrestrial Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nancy Kiang of Columbia University’s Earth Institute explains a recent discovery that hints at the potential color of extraterrestrial plant life.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Dr. Greger Larson, Durham University – Ancient Dogs

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Greger Larson of Durham University reveals how the DNA of modern dogs is changing our understanding of what the earliest domesticated dogs were like.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Dr. Myra Finkelstein, University of California Santa Cruz – Condors and Lead Poisoning

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Myra Finkelstein of the University of California Santa Cruz explains how lead poisoning is slowing the recovery of the California condor.

Myra Finkelstein is a postdoctoral researcher in microbiology and environmental toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on human impacts to marine systems with an emphasis on contaminant-induced effects. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Dr. Erika Marsillac, Old Dominion University – Green Supply Chain Management

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Erika Marsillac of Old Dominion University reveals how going green is keeping some companies in the black.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Dr. Erran Carmel, American University – Time Zones and the International Workforce

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Erran Carmel of American University explains the challenges time zones pose to an increasingly international workforce.

Erran Carmel is a professor of information technology at American University in Washington D.C., where his research interests include the globalization of technology work, global software teams, offshoring of IT, and emerging software industries. His work has been widely published and in 2011 he authored, I'm Working While They're Sleeping: Time Zone Separation Challenges and Solutions.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Dr. Paul Beier, Northern Arizona University – Wildlife Corridors and Genetic Diversity

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Paul Beier of Northern Arizona University examines how wildlife corridors can help populations of animals deal with increasing urban sprawl.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Dr. Catherine Haslam, University of Exeter – Thinking About Age

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Catherine Haslam of the University of Exeter reveals how our attitudes about our age can influence our performance on mental tasks.

Catherine Haslam is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Exeter. With an expertise in clinical and cognitive neuropsychology, her research addresses various topics concerning memory (anterograde, retrograde and semantic) in younger and older adults. She holds a Ph.D. from the Australian National University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Dr. Mark Bertness, Brown University – Sport Fishing and Marsh Die-Off

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Mark Bertness of Brown University reveals how sport fishing is damaging marshes along Cape Cod.

Mark Bertness is the Robert P. Brown Professor of Biology and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University where his lab’s research is focused on marine coastal ecology and conservation. His current project is examining the causes and consequences of salt marsh die-off in coastal New England. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.

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