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 7:30 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
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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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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