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 4, 2012

Prof. Elizabeth Erickson, SUNY Canton – The CSI Effect

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Liz Erickson of the State University of New York Canton reveals how the depiction of forensic science in television crime dramas has shaped jury expectations.

Liz Erickson is an assistant professor of criminal justice  and curriculum coordinator for the criminal investigations program at SUNY Canton. She is a member of the International Association for Identification and a certified latent print examiner with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. She holds a Masters of Forensic Sciences from George Washington University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Dr. Lisa Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD – Seafloor Vent Ecology

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Lisa Levin of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego explains the discovery of a new class of deep-sea environment.

Lisa Levin is a professor and researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Her lab's research is focused on understanding the ecology of unique marine environments, such as those surrounding methane seeps. She holds a Ph. D. from  the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Dr. Edmund Yeh, Northeastern University – Internet Architecture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Edmund Yeh of Northeastern University explains how the structure of the Internet could be changed to improve efficiency.

Edmund Yeh is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northeastern University. His research interests include future internet architecture, smart power grids, network science, and network information theory. He holds a Ph. D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Dr. Allen Hurlbert, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Bird Migration

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Allen Hurlbert of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals how different species of migratory birds are responding to global climate change.

Allen Hurlbert is an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research lab investigates the structure of ecological communities, and the processes responsible for determining their patterns of diversity and changing composition. He holds a Ph.D. From the University of New Mexico.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Dr. G. Thomas Couser, Hofstra University – Memoir and Social Change

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. G. Thomas Couser of Hofstra University explains how memoir is often the precursor of social change and the increased acceptance of minority groups.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Dr. Ross Brann, Cornell University – Linguistic Similarities of Hebrew and Arabic

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ross Brann of Cornell University traces the similarities of Hebrew and Arabic to a time when they were considered a single language.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Dr. W. Wallace Covington, Northern Arizona University – Wildfires and Forest Restoration

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Wally Covington of Northern Arizona University explains why the forests of the American West have become more susceptible to large fires and outlines efforts to restore their natural ecology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Dr. William Wood, Humboldt State University – Natural Anti-Microbial Compounds

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Wood of Humboldt State University explains the search for natural sources of new antibiotics.

William Wood is a professor of organic and general chemistry at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.  His research is focused on the area of chemical ecology, specifically how plants and animals use chemicals to convey messages. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Dr. William Connell, Seton Hall University – Niccolo Machiavelli

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Connell of Seton Hall University shares a recent discovery that is shedding light on the ups and downs of Niccolo Machiavelli’s political life.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Dr. David Hill, Quinnipiac University – Germs on the Move

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Hill of Quinnipiac University explains the challenge of containing communicable illnesses in a highly-mobile society.

David Hill is a professor of medical sciences at Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter School of Medicine where he is responsible for directing global public health education initiatives. He is also working to integrate global public health themes into all medical school curricula. Before joining the Quinnipiac faculty, Hill served as the director of the National Travel Health Network and Centre in London.

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