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
Tue April 17, 2012

Dr. Derek Avery, Temple University – Diversity and Customer Satisfaction

In today’s Academic Minute, Derek Avery reveals how customer satisfaction can be tied to the diversity of a retail outlet’s workforce.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Dr. Danny Winder, Vanderbilt University – Neurology of Alcohol Addiction

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Danny Winder of Vanderbilt University explains why the effects of alcohol can vary widely among individuals.

Danny Winder is an associate professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University where his research lab focuses on understanding the synaptic mechanisms behind anxiety and addiction. His work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from Emory University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Dr. Dianne Slavin, Long Island University – Vocal Fry

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dianne Slavin of Long Island University reveals an increase in the frequency of a little recognized feature of speech, vocal fry.

Dianne Slavin is the chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and an associate professor of education at Long Island University. Her specialties include disorders of fluency, stuttering, and stroke rehabilitation.  She holds a Ph.D. from New York University.

Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Dr. Donna Burns, The College of Saint Rose – Grief and Non-Finite Loss

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Donna Burns of The College of Saint Rose explores the range of events that can produce feelings of grief.

Donna Burns is a professor of psychology at The College of Saint Rose where her teaching and research interests include developmental psychology, grief and loss, and resilience and wellness. She holds a Ph.D. from the University at Albany.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, McGill University – How the Brain Creates Attention

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo of McGill University explains how our brains allow us to focus on more than one thing at a time.

Julio Martinez-Trujillo is an associate professor of psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research laboratory is focused on investigating how the brain transforms visual signals into coordinated motor behavior and how this process is influenced by attention. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tuebingen, Germany.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Dr. Maryann Tebben, Bard College at Simon’s Rock – French Cuisine

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Maryann Tebben of Bard College at Simon’s Rock reveals French cuisine’s most French dish.

Maryann Tebben is a professor of language and literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Her teaching and research interests include seventeenth-century French literature, women writers, and French and Italian writers of the Renaissance.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Dr. Thomas Park, University of Illinois at Chicago – Naked Mole Rats

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Thomas Park of the University of Illinois at Chicago explains the hardy nature of the naked mole-rat and how an understanding of the odd creature could improve medical outcomes in humans.

Thomas Park is a professor of biology and Neuro Group Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his research is focused on the neurobiology of sensory information processing. His research group uses two model systems: sound localization in echolocating bats, and orientation to touch in naturally blind naked mole- rats.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Dr. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University – Latin American Slavery

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Christopher Schmidt-Nowara of Tufts University reveals how the institution of slavery came to an end in Latin America.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Dr. Susan Collins, University of Washington – Alcohol and Housing Assistance

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Susan Collins examines the effectiveness of alcohol prohibition at facilities providing transitional housing for the homeless.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Dr. Antoinette Maniatty, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Aviation and Metal Fatigue

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Antoinette Maniatty of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explains how a better understanding of metal fatigue can increase safety and profitability in the aviation industry.

Antoinette Maniatty is a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  Her research group works in the broad field of computational solid mechanics with particular emphasis on modeling material deformation.  She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

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