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
Fri February 7, 2014

Dr. Kevin Walsh, University of York – Human Settlement of Alpine Areas

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kevin Walsh of the University of York traces the history of the human occupation of Europe’s alpine region.  

Kevin Walsh is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York where he has overseen two major projects investigating the long term history of human activity in the Alps. His secondary area of interest relates to the politics of heritage conservation and display, a subject he addresses in The Representation of the Past. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leicester.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Black, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Permian Extinction and Volcanism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Benjamin Black of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses the connection between volcanism and one of the largest extinction events in Earth’s history. 

Ben Black is a postdoctoral researcher in geology and geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research seeks to understand the consequences of volcanism as it relates to the end-Permian mass extinction. He earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Neal, Michigan State University - Kids and Gender Assumptions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jennifer Neal of Michigan State University reveals the assumptions that many children have about friendship and gender.

Jennifer Neal is an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University where her research addresses the influences of peer and teacher social networks on childhood educational outcomes. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dr. Adam Gordon, University at Albany – Human Foraging Patterns

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Adam Gordon of the University at Albany discusses a common behavioral pattern found in living things from honey bees to humans. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Dr. Molly Bray, The University of Texas at Austin - Genetics and Exercise

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Molly Bray of The University of Texas at Austin explains the connection between genetics and the ability to stick to an exercise routine. 

Molly Bray is a professor and the Susan T. Jastrow Human Ecology Chair for Excellence in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior. Her most recent project explores the genetic basis for exercise adherence.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Dr. Sallie Han, SUNY Oneonta – Material Culture and Pregnancy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sallie Han of the State University of New York Oneonta discusses what the items we accumulate during pregnancy say about our culture. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Dr. Tom Coulthard, University of Hull - Ancient Rivers in the Sahara

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tom Coulthard of the University of Hull reveals the presence of ancient rivers that flowed across the Sahara Desert.

Tom Coulthard is a professor of physical geography at the University of Hull. His diverse research interests include modeling the impacts of environmental change, metal contamination in river systems, and the impacts of vegetation on fluvial geomorphology. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, University of Delaware – Block Play and Math Ability

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Roberta Golinkoff of the University of Delaware explains why playing with blocks could give your child a better chance of developing math skills. 

Roberta Golinkoff is the H. Rodney Sharp Chair of the School of Education and Director of the Infant Language Project at the University of Delaware. She is also a member of the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics and the author of a number of books on language acquisition in infants.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Dr. Ken Noll, University of Connecticut - Microbes and Methane

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ken Noll of the University of Connecticut reveals the process of methane production by microbes in woodland ponds. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Dr. Curtis Marean, Arizona State University – Early Human Weapons

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Curtis Marean of Arizona State University discusses the technological developments that made early humans deadly hunters. 

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