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 February 24, 2014

Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut – Walter White’s Meth

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater of the University of Connecticut begins a three-day examination of the chemistry of the hit television show Breaking Bad. Today, he discusses why Walter White’s product was so unique. 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Dr. Michelle Sauther, University of Colorado, Boulder – Lemurs and Sleeping Caves

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Michelle Sauther of the University of Colorado Boulder reveals a discovery about the preferred sleeping arrangements of lemurs.

 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Prof. Daniel Scott, University of Waterloo – Climate Change and Winter Olympics

In today’s Academic Minute,  Daniel Scott of the University of Waterloo discusses the potential inability for previous winter olympic host cities to host the games again due to changing weather patterns.

Prof. Daniel Scott is an associate professsor and research chair at the Univeristy of Waterloo focusing his studies on climate change. His particular interest lies in the interaction between  environmental issues and tourism and their connected impact on social, political and business issues.
 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Prof. Charles Venuto, American Public University – The Space Program and Environmentalism

In today’s Academic Minute, Professor Charles Venuto of American Public University discusses the connection between the space program and preservation of bird habitat in Florida.

 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Dr. William Cooper, Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne – Island Species and Tameness

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. William Cooper of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne explains why species that inhabit island are less frightened of human intruders.

 

William Cooper is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. His research examines the ecological and evolutionary aspects of the behavior of lizards in the lab and field, including antipredatory behavior, the use of the chemical senses to identify food and predators, and social behavior.
 

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Dr. Seth Bruggeman, Temple University – George Washington and Presidents’ Day

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Seth Bruggeman of Temple University reveals why George Washington’s status as a Virginian made him a symbol of national unity. 

Seth Bruggeman is an associate professor of history and Director of the Center for Public History at Temple University. As a historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States cultural history, his research focuses on material culture, memory studies, and Public History. He earned his Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Dr. Matthew Johnson, Binghamton University – Marriage and Poverty

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Matthew Johnson of Binghamton University explains the link between poverty and marriage stability. 

Matthew Johnson is a professor of psychology at Binghamton University. He is director of the university's Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory, where he studies what makes marriages succeed or fail. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California Los Angeles.

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Dr. Matthew Johnson – Marriage and Poverty

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Ruppert, York University - Sharks and Reef Health

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jonathan Ruppert of York University describes the connection between shark population and reef health.

Jonathan Ruppert is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biology at York University in Toronto, Canada. His current research project involves the long-term monitoring of the health of reefs on Australia’s northwest coast.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Dr. Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University - Digitizing Ancient Texts

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Marie-Claire Beaulieu of Tufts University discusses how the Internet has increased access to ancient texts. 

Marie-Claire Beaulieu is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at Tufts University where her teaching and research interests include Greek religion, Epigraphy, Medieval Latin, and digital humanities. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Academic Minute
5:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Dr. Philip Marcus, University of California Berkeley -Jupiter's Red Spot

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Philip Marcus of the University of California Berkeley explains the persistence of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. 

Philip Marcus is a professor of fluid dynamics at the University of California Berkeley where he heads the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. His research group is focused on the fluid dynamics of vortices, waves, turbulence, and hydrodynamic stability.

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