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 10, 2014

Dr. Chad Jensen, Brigham Young University - Specific types of bullying have specific results

The issue of bullying is a significant problem for some children.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Chad Jensen, assistant professor at Brigham Young University, suggests that the type of teasing a child may experience can have some very specific results, especially when focused on a child's physical activity and ability.

Dr. Chad Jensen is an assistant professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on the psychological and sociological aspects of childhood and adolescent obesity. He earned a PhD from the University of Kansas in 2011.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Dr. Robert Goldstone, Indiana University - The Role of Imitation

Today's Academic Minute delves into the creative process.

There is a saying that imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but we sometimes view imitators as lacking creativity of their own. But as Robert Goldstone, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, explains, this imitation may play a crucial role in the overall creative process.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Dr. David Trilling, Northern Arizona University - Can an asteroid impact Earth?

Today's Academic Minute has intergalactic ramifications!

Some close calls have raised the awareness of the threat  of asteroids potentially on a collision course with Earth. David Trilling, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University, explains what we can do if we're ever faced with such an interstellar calamity.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Dr. Ken Sheldon, University of Missouri - Sports Contracts

Today's Academic Minute takes us inside the world of professional sports.

Professional athletes are very well paid. Their skills on the field can be parlayed into huge contracts. But as Ken Sheldon, Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri, explains, many players have trouble living up to expectations after the deal is signed.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Dr. Michael Bruno, Stevens Institute - Predicting Storm Damage

Weather predictions indicate that some previously calm areas may begin to experience increased amounts of severe weather in the coming years.

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean and Professor of Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, discusses how new imaging technology can be utilized to help inform those who may be in the path of these severe storms.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Dr. Daphne Hernandez, University of Houston - Food Insecurity

A staggering amount of Americans regularly face food insecurity.

In today's Academic Minute, Dr. Daphne Hernandez, Asst. Professor of Nutrition at the University of Houston, discusses the issues faced by food-insecure families and why the roots of the problem go further than pure economics.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Dr. Gabriel Rossman, University of California Los Angeles – Economic Risk and the Oscars

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gabriel Rossman of the University of California Los Angeles reveals the economic risks faced by filmmakers seeking to win Academy Awards. 

Gabriel Rossman is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California Los Angeles. His research addresses culture and mass media, especially pop music radio and Hollywood films. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Dr. Elliot Berkman, University of Oregon – Benefits of Brain Training

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Elliot Berkman of the University of Oregon reveals the limits of brain training. 

Elliot Berkman is an assistant professor of psychology and director of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon. The SAN Lab studies how motivational factors and neural systems influence goal pursuit. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles.

About Dr. Berkman

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Instant Poison Gas

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut concludes his three-day examination of the chemistry of the show Breaking Bad. Leadbeater concludes the series with an examination of one of Walter White’s Greatest Escapes. 

  

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Dissolving Acids

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut continues his examination of the chemistry of the show Breaking Bad. Today he discusses Walter White's use of acids to make evidence disappear. 

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