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 August 14, 2012

Dr. Jose Lopez, Seton Hall University – Hot and Cold Plasma

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jose Lopez of Seton Hall University explains the various uses for the little-known fourth state of matter, plasma.

Jose Lopez is an assistant professor of physics at Seton Hall University where he has conducted extensive research in the field of plasma physics. His primary focus is in the subfield of microplasmas, where he is recognized as an international expert. He holds a Ph.D. from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

About Dr. Lopez

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Dr. Catherine Sabiston, McGill University – Post-Cancer Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Catherine Sabistion of McGill University examines how readjusting goals about physical fitness can increase health in cancer survivors.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Dr. Sandra Russ, Case Western Reserve University – Imagination in Children’s Play

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sandra Russ of Case Western Reserve University examines how the level of imagination in children’s play has responded to recent technology and time restrictions.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Dr. Earle McBride, The University of Texas at Austin – D-Day Beach Sand

Earle McBride discovered shrapnel and other microscopic relics from the D-Day invasion more than four decades later on Omaha Beach.
Marc Airhart/U. of Texas at Austin

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Earle McBride of the University of Texas at Austin explains the discovery of microscopic artifacts on one of history’s most famous beaches.

Earle McBride is Professor Emeritus and the J. Nalle Gregory Chair Emeritus in Sedimentary Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is focused on the physical and chemical processes that alter sand over time. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum, University of California Riverside – Unconscious Senses

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum of the University of California Riverside, reveals how our senses are often telling us more than we consciously realize.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Dr. Judyth Sassoon, University of Bristol – Arthritic Dinosaur

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Judyth Sassoon of the University of Bristol explains the discovery of a pliosaur fossil with signs of severe arthritis.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Dr. Ben Ellis, Washington State University – Yellowstone Super Volcano

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ben Ellis of Washington State University reveals research indicating that the Yellowstone super volcano may have erupted more frequently than previously thought.

Ben Ellis is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of the Environment at Washington State University where his research interests include constraining the volume and frequency of explosive eruptions from silicic volcanoes. He holds a Ph.D in Geology from the University of Leicester.

Dr. Ben Ellis – Yellowstone Super Volcano

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Dr. Maurizio Porfiri, Polytechnic Institute of New York University – Robotic Fish

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Maurizio Porfiri of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University reveals how robotic fish can be used to influence the movement of schools of fish.

Maurizio Porfiri is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University where his research interests include dynamical systems theory, the mechanics of advanced materials, and smart materials and structures. He holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Dr. Jack Tuszynski, University of Alberta – Neurobiology of Memory Storage

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jack Tuszynski of the University of Alberta explores the physical process that allows the brain to store and retrieve memories.

Jack Tuszynski is Allard Chair and Professor of Experimental Oncology at the University of Alberta where his research interests are strongly linked to the protein tubulin and the microtubules assembled from it. He holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Calgary.

About Dr. Tuszynski

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Dr. Gert Lanckriet, University of California San Diego – Audio Search Engines

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gert Lanckriet of the University of California San Diego explains efforts to create a search engine for music.

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