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 July 5, 2012

Dr. Kurt Rotthoff, Seton Hall University – Economic Impact of Sports Arenas

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kurt Rotthoff of Seton Hall University tests claims about the economic  benefit of investing in large sports arenas and stadiums.

Kurt Rotthoff is an assistant professor of economics and finance at Seton Hall University where he teaches classes in economics and sports finance. His work has been published in numerous academic journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Clemson University.

About Dr. Rotthoff

Dr. Kurt Rotthoff – Economic Impact of Sports Arenas

 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Dr. David Freidenreich, Colby College – Origin of Religious Dietary Restrictions

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Freidenreich of Colby College explains the historical meaning of dietary restrictions within the world's major monotheistic religions.

David Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His research explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions, primarily as these attitudes are expressed in ancient and medieval religious law. He hold a Ph.D. From Columbia University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Dr. Heather Mattila, Wellesley College – Promiscuous Queen Bees

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Heather Mattila of Wellesley College reveals how the health of a bee colony is related to the sexual behavior of the queen.

Heather Mattila is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on the role that intracolonial genetic diversity plays in the organization of communication and division of labor in honey bee colonies. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Dr. Anna Balazs, University of Pittsburgh – Synthetic Robot Skin

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anna Balazs of the University of Pittsburgh explains how a synthetic material could provide robots with a sense of touch.

Dr. Anna Balazs is a distinguished professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests center on theoretical and computational modeling of the thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of polymer blends and composites. She holds a Ph.D. From the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Dr. Michael Wasserman, McGill University – Soy Diets and Primate Evolution

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Wasserman of McGill University describes his research project examining the role of soy in primate diets.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Dr. Lauren Ellman, Temple University – Prenatal Flu and Schizophrenia

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lauren Ellman of Temple University examines the connection between a prenatal bout with the flu and an increased rate of schizophrenia.

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Academic Minute
2:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Dr. Michael Paul, Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Dating the Solar System

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Paul of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explains how a recently refined measurement has provided a better picture of the early solar system.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Dr. Gene Robinson, University of Illinois – Bees and Individual Personality

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reveals why not all honey bees are mindless drones without individual personality traits.

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Academic Minute
2:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Dr. Daniel Kissling, Aarhus University – Palm Trees and Climate History

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Kissling or Aarhus University explains what the number and type of palm species in tropical forests reveal about the climate of the deep past.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Dr. Susan Trollinger, University of Dayton – Amish Tourism

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Trollinger of the University of Dayton examines the growth of tourism in Amish Country and why many of us are fascinated by their way of life.

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