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
Wed March 28, 2012

Dr. David Clark, Alma College – Wolf Spider Deception

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. David Clark of Alma College reveals deceptive behavior found in male wolf spiders.

David Clark is Chair and Professor of Biology at Alma College in Alma, Michigan, where his research is focused on animal communication and the evolution of visual displays. His most recent research project examined habitat light characterization and visual displays in wolf spiders. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Dr. Joni Hersch, Vanderbilt University – Sexual Harassment and Pay

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Joni Hersch of Vanderbilt University explores the relationship between pay and the likelihood of experiencing sexual harassment.

Joni Hersch is a professor of law and economics at Vanderbilt University where her research interests include sexual harassment, skin color discrimination, job risks faced by immigrant workers, costs of smoking, punitive damages awards, and judge and jury behavior. She has published numerous articles in the leading economics journals and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Dr. Peter Laipson, Bard College at Simon's Rock – Bachelorhood in American Culture

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Laipson of Bard College at Simon’s Rock explains the shifting perception of bachelorhood in American history and culture.

Peter Laipson is a historian and Provost and Vice President of Bard College at Simon’s Rock. As a historian, Laipson’s research has focused on gender roles and relations in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Academic Minute
2:29 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Dr. Caleb Everett, University of Miami – Language and Numbers

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Caleb Everett of the University of Miami explains the complicated relationship between numbers and words.

Caleb Everett is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami. He spends much of his time doing field research in Brazil where his current project asks how (and to what extent) the language one speaks affects cognition in domains such as spatial topology, gender perception, and action perception. He holds a Ph.D. from Rice University.

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