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
Mon March 24, 2014

Dr. Peter Wilf, Penn State University -- Tracing the Path of Conifer Fossils

Studying the fossilized remains of animals and plants can teach us a great deal about the natural world.

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Peter Wilf, professor of geosciences at Penn State University, traces the path of conifer fossils from New Zealand to Argentina.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Dr. Ripan Malhi, University of Illinois, Urbana - DNA of Indigenous Native Americans

Advances in biotechnologies have been vital in the analysis of the DNA of the first peoples of America.

Dr. Ripan Malhi, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, discusses both the importance and the difficulty of this type of research.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Dr. Stephen Trumble, Baylor University - Analysis of the ear wax of whales

We can learn a great deal from the analysis of the ear wax of whales.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Trumble, associate professor of biology at Baylor University, explains how a whale’s ear wax can help us find definitive answers to a wide array of questions.

Dr. Stephen Trumble is an associate professor of biology at Baylor University. His research primarily focuses on the physiological adaptations and mechanism of animals in extreme and changing environmental conditions. In 2003, he earned a PhD in marine biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Dr. Dae Kwak, University of Michigan -- Fantasy Sports and Effective Marketing

How will your fantasy baseball team do this season?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Dae Kwak, assistant professor of sports management at the University of Michigan, discusses the psychological impact fantasy sports advertising has on even experienced players.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dr. William Doll, Case Western Reserve University - A One-Minute Talk on Giving a One-Minute Talk

Is there a formula for delivering an effective speech?

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Doll, visiting fellow at Case Western Reserve University, outlines a few  rules for crafting an engaging oration.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Dr. Brent Plate, Hamilton College - An object lesson in religious history

People have an affinity for things.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College, examines how objects can have a rich personal significance.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Dr. Russell Johnson, Michigan State University - The Harmful Effects of Smartphones

Smartphones are certainly convenient. But, is the use (and overuse) of these technological marvels also having harmful side effects?  

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Russell Johnson, professor at Michigan State University analyzes the negative consequences smartphone use may have on human psychology and physiology.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Dr. Charles Marshall, University of California Berkeley - Biodiversity Loss and Extinction

The extinction of a specific species is a sad reality in the animal kingdom.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Charles Marshall, professor at the University of California’s Berkeley campus discusses the mitigating factors that can contribute to the eventual dying out of a particular species of animal.

Dr. Charles Marshall is a professor of integrated biology at the University of California Berkeley. His research specializes in how paleontological studies can inform our knowledge of life today. He earned a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago in 1989

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Dr. Sina Rabbany, Hofstra University - Restoring Damaged Organs

Could organ donation and transplants become a relic of the past?

In Today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Sina Rabbany, professor and director of bioengineering at Hofstra University, discusses new insights into how blood vessels acquire characteristics, and how they might be  used to transform how we repair damaged organs.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Dr. Russell Poldrack, University of Texas at Austin - Studying fluctuations of the brain

How you feel is influenced directly by changes in the brain.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Russell Poldrack, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses his findings of a 14 month study he conducted on his own brain.

Dr. Russell Poldrack is a professor of psychology and neurobiology, and the director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Imaging Research Center. His research primarily targets how new skills are acquired and implemented. He received his PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois in 1995.

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