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
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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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Dr. Mary Gauvain, University of California Riverside – Cooking Smoke and Cognitive Development

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Mary Gauvain of the University of California Riverside explains how exposure to cooking fire smoke in the developing world can impair cognitive development in children.

Mary Gauvain is a professor of psychology at the University of California Riverside. Her research is focused on understanding how social and cultural processes contribute to children's acquisition, organization, and use of cognitive skills. Her work has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Dr. Rachel Gross, Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Food Insecurity and Obesity

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Rachel Gross of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University explains how fears about not having enough to eat can contribute to obesity.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Dr. Luke Galen, Grand Valley State University – Religious Belief and Happiness

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Luke Galen of Grand Valley State University examines the connection between social wellbeing and various degrees of religious belief.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Dr. Ruth DeFries, Columbia University – The Earth From Above

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ruth DeFries of Columbia University reveals what we can learn about how humans have altered the landscape when we view the Earth from above.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Dr. Bill Ripple, Oregon State University – Large Predators and Ecological Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Bill Ripple of Oregon State University explains the important role large predators play in the health of any ecosystem.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Dr. Larry Widrow, Queen’s University – Galactic Gravitational Interactions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Larry Widrow of Queen’s University reveals evidence for a galactic shakeup, right in our cosmic backyard.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Dr. Joseph Auner, Tufts University – Technology and Music

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joseph Auner of Tufts University explains how musicians have responded to the rapidly shifting technology behind modern electronic instruments.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Dr. Darby Dyar, Mount Holyoke College – Mars Rover Laser

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Darby Dyar of Mount Holyoke College explains one of the more spectacular instruments aboard the Mars Science Lab’s Curiosity rover.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Dr. Catherine Clark, Chapman University – Sunlight and Water Pollution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Catherine Clark of Chapman University explains the connection between sunlight and water pollution.

Catherine Clark is a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Chapman University in Orange, California. Her research is primarily focused on aquatic chemistry, specifically the photochemistry of dissolved organic material in coastal and ocean waters and the sources, distribution and photochemical reactions of pollutants in local waters. She holds a Ph. D. in chemistry from Boston University.

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