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 April 8, 2014

Dr. Hans Meltofte, Aarhus University - Arctic Biodiversity Threatened By Climate Change

Rising temperatures are threatening the biodiversity of the Arctic.

Dr. Hans Meltofte, senior scientist at Denmark's Aarhus University, describes the negative impact of climate change in this area as "already visible" and details the serious ecological consequences that are resulting.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Dr. Michael Inzlicht, University of Toronto - The Science of Self-Control

Is there a measurable limit to the amount of self-control each person possesses?

Dr. Michael Inzlicht, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, studies self-control and is helping to debunk a popular theory regarding the now widely studied topic.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Dr. Nathan Spreng, Cornell University - The Aging Brain Network

Breakthroughs in how we understand the human brain's structure and internal communication networks are helping scientists track neurological changes over time.

Dr. Nathan Spreng, assistant professor at Cornell University's Department of Human Development, is using advancement in neuroimaging to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we age.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Dr. Frederic Bouchard, Université Laval – Canada's Lakes Move Toward Widespread Dessication

A decrease in the amount of snowfall in Canada may have far reaching results.

Dr. Frederic Bouchard, post-doctoratal research fellow at Université Laval, is studying the climate models of many areas across Canada and making predictions about the ecology of the area based on his findings.

Frederic Bouchard PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Laval's Center for Northern Studies. He's published many papers focusing on the ecology of the Arctic, his main research focus.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Dr. Steve Ross, University of North Carolina Wilmington - Methane Cold Seep Discovery

The undersea discovery of a large seep of methane in the North Atlantic may hold the key to learning a great deal about the underwater ecosystem.

Dr. Steve Ross, research professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Center for Marine Science, calls the ocean floor the last great frontier on Earth. His work into the depths of the Atlantic will help scientists better understand a wide variety of things about oceanic life and beyond.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Dr. Thalia Wheatley, Dartmouth College - Thinking in Distance

Whether you realize it or not, we use distance metaphors every day.

Dr. Thalia Wheatley, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College, scientifically deconstructs the way humans use figurative language to convey abstract ideas.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Dr. Craig Vierra, University of the Pacific - The Race to Replicate Spider Silk

Despite all the advances in technology, Mother Nature remains our most skilled engineer.

Dr. Craig Vierra, professor and assistant chair of the University of the Pacific's College of Biological Sciences, is working on a way to replicate spider silk. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Dr. Neil Johnson, University of Miami – A Formula for Threats

What can we extrapolate from the cries of a baby?

Dr. Neil Johnson, professor of physics at the University of Miami, studied the patterns of children's cries and used that information to make some interesting conclusions.

Dr. Neil Johnson is a professor of physics at the University of Miami. He has published over 200 articles in a wide range of international publications and currently is the associate editor for the Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination. As a Kennedy scholar, he earned his PhD from Harvard University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Dr. Daniel Nettle, Newcastle University – Cultural Shift Across Neighborhoods

The complexity of human culture is highly nuanced.

Dr. Daniel Nettle, professor of behavioral sciences at Newcastle University, observed striking cultural differences even in people living geographically close to one another.

Dr. Daniel Nettle is a professor of behavioral science at Newcastle University's Centre for Behavior and Evolution. His research focuses on evolution, development, and psychological underpinnings of behavior. He received a PhD in biological anthropology from University College London in 1996.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dr. Veronica Davidov, Monmouth University – Ecotourism and the Extraction Nexus

Tourism and industry, in some locations, have a tangled and complicated relationship

Dr. Veronica Davidov, assistant professor of anthropology at Monmouth University, observes the interesting symbiosis these two unrelated fields can sometimes have.

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