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 October 10, 2012

Dr. Norman Housley, University of Leicester – Richard III

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Norman Housley of the University of Leicester explains what a recent archaeological discovery could mean for our understanding of one of England’s most maligned monarchs.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Dr. Ernst De Mooij, University of Toronto – Exoplanet Atmosphere Detection

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ernst De Mooij of the University of Toronto reveals how we can explore the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system without ever leaving Earth.

Dr. Ernst de Mooij is a post-doc at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in 2011 from the University of Leiden. His main research focuses on the study of exoplanet atmospheres using ground-based telescopes.

Ernst De Mooij – Exoplanet Atmosphere Detection

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Dr. Keith Ashley, University of North Florida – Early Spanish Missions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Keith Ashley of the University of North Florida reveals what life was like for Native Americans at the earliest Spanish missions.

Keith Ashley is Coordinator of Archaeological Research at the University of North Florida where his research is focused on the Native Americans of southeastern North America during the late pre-Columbian and historic (post-European contact) eras. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

About Dr. Ashley

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Dr. Paul Keim, Northern Arizona University – DNA and Anthrax Outbreaks

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Paul Keim of Northern Arizona University describes how DNA analysis can be used to trace anthrax outbreaks to their original sources.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Dr. Bärbel Hönisch, Columbia University – Ocean Acidification

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Bärbel Hönisch of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory reveals how rising levels of CO2 are not only warming the atmosphere, but accelerating the acidification of the oceans as well.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Dr. Megan McClelland, Oregon State University – Preschoolers, Attention, and Academic Success

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Megan McClelland of Oregon State University explains what a preschooler’s ability to pay attention reveals about their odds of future academic success.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Dr. Karen Hardy, Autonomous University of Barcelona – Neanderthals and Medicinal Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Karen Hardy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona explains how new information about the behavior of Neanderthals is providing a new picture of their mental abilities.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Dr. Vernon Scarborough, University of Cincinnati – Mayan Urbanization and Natural Resources

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Vernon Scarborough of the University of Cincinnati explores the complex infrastructure that supplied the largest Mayan city with water.

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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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