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 May 18, 2012

Dr. Cay Anderson-Hanley, Union College – Exercise and Cognitive Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Cay Anderson-Hanley of Union College explores the benefits of adding a cognitive element to your exercise routine.

Cay Anderson-Hanley is an assistant professor of psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she teaches a number of courses in psychology and neuropsychology. She also maintains the Healthy Aging and Neuropsychology Lab where her research is focused on the cognitive benefits of exercise in aging populations.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, University of Southern Mississippi – Hurricane Katrina and Dolphin Populations

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stan Kuczaj of the University of Southern Mississippi explains the relationship between Hurricane Katrina and the dolphin population along the Gulf Coast.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Dr. Leaf Van Boven, University of Colorado Boulder – Political Polarization

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Leaf Van Boven of the University of Colorado Boulder explains the gap between the perception of political polarization and reality.

Leaf Van Boven is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder. His lab  investigates the everyday interrelations between emotion, decisions, and judgments and people's intuitions about those interrelations. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Dr. Jason Ur, Harvard University – Satellite Archaeology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Ur of Harvard University explains how archaeologists are using declassified satellite images to locate previously unknown ancient sites.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Dr. Tes Tuason, University of North Florida – Psychology of Overcoming Poverty

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Tes Tuason of the University of North Florida explores the psychology of economic mobility.

Tes Tuason is associate professor at the University of North Florida, in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program within the Department of Public Health. Her research addresses social issues such as poverty's psychological correlates, processes, and coping, and social justice issues related to counseling minority populations. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Molecular Gastronomy

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut explores the cutting-edge chemistry of the modern fine dining experience.

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
Thu May 10, 2012

Dr. Andrew Miller, Emory University – Evolutionary Persistence of Depression

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Andrew Miller of Emory University explains why natural selection has not eliminated genetically predisposed depression.

Dr. Andrew Miller is William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University and Director of Psychiatric Oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute.  His work focuses on the impact of the activated innate immune system on behavior and health. Dr. Miller has published over 120 manuscripts in scholarly journals and has edited a book entitled Depressive Disorders and Immunity.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Dr. Daniel Ladik, Seton Hall University – Consumers and the Sisyphus Effect

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Daniel Ladik of Seton Hall University reveals why some consumers struggle with the same purchasing decision over and over again.

Professor Ladik is an associate professor of marketing in the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. His main teaching and research interests include marketing strategy, personal selling and sales management, servant leadership and web 2.0/social media. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Dr. Amina Eladdadi, College of Saint Rose – Mathematical Models of Cancer Growth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Amina Eladdadi of the College of Saint Rose explains how mathematical models can help physicians predict the growth of cancerous tumors.

Amina Eladdadi is an assistant professor of mathematics at the College of Saint Rose where her research interests include mathematical and computational modeling in life sciences and the development of multiscale cancer simulations. She holds a Ph. D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Dr. Jason Kring, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Picking a Crew for Mars

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jason Kring of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University describes the known and unknown challenges of long-term space flight.

Jason Kring is an assistant professor of human factors and systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. His research interests include spaceflight human factors and behavioral health and human performance in extreme environments. He is the current president of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida.

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