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
Tue July 31, 2012

Dr. Gary Evans, Cornell University – Stress and Obesity

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gary Evans of Cornell University explains the link between stress and obesity.

Gary Evans is a professor of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.  He studies how the physical environment affects human health and well being among children, including the link between stress and obesity. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

About Dr. Evans

Dr. Gary Evans – Stress and Obesity

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Dr. Laura Bix, Michigan State University – Medication Labeling

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Laura Bix of Michigan State University explains efforts to increase the visibility of warning labels on medication.

Laura Bix is a professor of healthcare, universal design, and biomechanics at Michigan State University. Her research is focused on quantifying the interface between people and packaging in order to both aid utility and prevent medication errors. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

About Dr. Bix

Dr. Laura Bix – Medication Labeling

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Dr. Tracy Alloway, University of North Florida – Social Media and Brain Exercise

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tracy Alloway of the University of North Florida explains how using social media can improve the performance of your memory.

Tracy Alloway is a professor of psychology at the University of North Florida where her research is focused on how working memory develops across the lifespan.  Her research on memory has appeared in more than 250 articles.

About Dr. Alloway

Dr. Tracy Alloway – Social Media and Brain Exercise

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Dr. Jacob Hirsh, University of Toronto – Personality-Targeted Advertisements

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jacob Hirsh of the University of Toronto examines how the effectiveness of advertisements could be improved by ignoring demographics and focusing on the customer’s personality.

Jacob Hirsh is an assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. His teaching and research interests include emotion, self-regulation, and decision-making, as well as social neuroscience. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Dr. Katie Field, University of Sheffield – Survival Strategy of Early Plants

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Katie Field of the University of Sheffield explains how the earliest plants survived on an Earth that didn’t yet have soil.

Katie Field is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her current research project is focused on the functional and evolutionary significance of symbiotic fungal associations in early land plants. She holds a Ph. D. from the University of Sheffield.

About Dr. Field

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Academic Minute
5:04 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The Second Annual Academic Minute Senior Superlatives

WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Mount Holyoke College and Newman's Own Foundation recently celebrated the second anniversary of The Academic Minute, the daily segment that has become a higher education staple by bringing the latest research from campuses around the world to listeners across the United States, Canada, and online at www.academicminute.org.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Dr. David Zald, Vanderbilt University – Brain Chemistry and Work Ethic

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Zald of Vanderbilt University reveals why some people are more willing to go the extra mile for a potential reward.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Dr. Dean Buonomano, University of California Los Angeles – Shortcomings of the Brain

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dean Buonomano of the University of California Los Angeles explains why our brains are often biologically unequipped to accurately perceive the modern world.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Dr. Prabhjot Singh, Columbia University – Community Healthcare Workers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Prabhjot Singh of Columbia University’s Earth Institute examines how practices introduced in the developing world could improve the efficiency of the healthcare system in the developed world.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Dr. Brad Bushman, Ohio State University – Video Games and Shooting Skill

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brad Bushman of Ohio State University reveals the connection between first person shooter video games and real-world marksmanship.

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