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
2:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Dr. George Nash, University of Bristol – Oldest UK Cave Art Discovered

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. George Nash of the University of Bristol recounts his discovery of what could be the United Kingdom’s oldest example of cave art.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Dr. Amy Sliva, Northeastern University – Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amy Sliva of Northeastern University explains how advances in computing power are allowing for an artificially intelligent approach to cyber security.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Dr. Terry Gates, Ohio University – Geographic Isolation and North American Dinosaurs

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Terry Gates of Ohio University reveals how shifting geographic features contributed to the creation of two distinct groups of North American dinosaurs.

Terry Gates is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Research Scientist in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Read the article in PLoS ONE

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Dr. Sharon Kim, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – Social Outsiders and Entrepreneurship

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sharon Kim of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School explains the psychological response that often turns social outsiders into successful entrepreneurs.

Sharon Kim is an assistant professor of business at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Her expertise is in the areas of individual and group creativity in organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University.

About Dr. Kim

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Dr. David Shoham, Loyola University of Chicago – Obesity and Peer Groups

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Shoham of Loyola University of Chicago reveals how an adolescent’s circle of friends can influence their weight and health.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Dr. Harry Ostrer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Ethnicity and Genetic History

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Harry Ostrer of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University explains how genetic analysis is shedding light on the global history of entire peoples.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Dr. David Bottjer, University of Southern California – Global Warming and Mass Extinctions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Bottjer reveals how past periods of global warming caused mass extinctions and how similar patterns are appearing in the oceans today.  

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Dr. Tim Lockley, University of Warwick – Savannah and Yellow Fever

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tim Lockley of the University of Warwick explains why nineteenth-century yellow fever epidemics hit some segments of Savannah’s population harder than others.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Dr. Jeff Clune, Cornell University – Evolution and Embryology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Clune of Cornell University reveals why the biology of life often takes a winding path through seemingly unnecessary developmental stages.

Jeff Clune is a visiting scientist in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University where he studies evolutionary computation, a technology that uses natural selection to bypass engineering and evolve artificial intelligence, robots, and physical designs. His work has been featured in a number of publications and he holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Dr. Susan Perry, University of California Los Angeles – Benefits of Social Stability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Perry of the University of California Los Angeles explores how early stability can shape the adult lives of social creatures.

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