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 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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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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