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 June 7, 2012

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – The Usefulness of Fluorine

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut explains how fluorine can be used to create useful new pharmaceuticals.

Nicholas Leadbeater is an associate professor of organic and inorganic chemistry at the University of Connecticut, where he heads the New Synthetic Methods Group. Leadbeater and the NSMG research cleaner and more efficient methods for creating synthetic materials. Dr. Leadbeater holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he was a research fellow until 1999.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Dr. John Parmelee, University of North Florida – Twitter and Politics

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. John Parmelee of the University of North Florida reveals how Twitter is reshaping the relationship between politicians and their constituents.

John Parmelee is an associate professor of communication at the University of North Florida where his research interests include political communication and journalism in emerging democracies. His research has appeared in numerous journals and in 2012 he published the book Politics and the Twitter Revolution.  He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Florida.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Dr. James Hanson, Seton Hall University – Shark Repellent

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. James Hanson of Seton Hall University explains efforts to reduce unwanted encounters between humans and sharks by developing an effective repellent.

James Hanson is a professor of chemistry at Seton Hall University where his research interests include organic chemistry and polymer/materials science. His research group is focused on creating materials for marine applications, including repellents for sharks and dolphins, sea lamprey control agents, and anti-fouling agents. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Dr. Jay Pasachoff, Williams College – Transit of Venus

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jay Pasachoff of Williams College explains the rare transit of Venus taking place on June 5th.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Dr. Art Markman, The University of Texas at Austin – Why We Like Round Numbers

For the 500th Academic Minute, Dr. Art Markman of the University of Texas at Austin explains why we think round numbers such a big deal.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Dr. Michael Bunce, Murdoch University – Animal DNA and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Bunce of Murdoch University explains his work using DNA testing to identify the non-declared contents of some traditional Chinese medicines.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Dr. David Wilkinson, Liverpool John Moores University – Dinosaurs and Methane

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University examines the role methane may have played in warming the Earth during the time of the dinosaurs.

David Wilkinson is a Reader in Environmental Science at Liverpool John Moores University.  He is a generalist with wide interests within biology, environmental science, archaeology and the history of science. He is currently engaged in theoretical work on ecology and evolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Dr. Brick Johnstone, University of Missouri – Neuropsychology of Religion

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brick Johnstone of the University of Missouri explains efforts to pinpoint the location of the religious experience through brain imaging.

Brick Johnstone is a professor of health psychology at the University of Missouri. His research interests include the neuropsychology of spiritual experiences and the recovery process following traumatic brain injuries. His findings have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Dr. Bridget Chesterton, Buffalo State University – European Emigration and Argentina

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Bridget Chesterton of Buffalo State University reveals the common experience of European immigration to the Americas.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Dr. Paul Newhouse, Vanderbilt University – Nicotine and Memory

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Paul Newhouse of Vanderbilt University explains research that suggests nicotine may have beneficial effects on aging brains.

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