Centre College faculty featured on NPR’s The Academic Minute

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Centre College faculty are taking over The Academic Minute

The brainchild of Albany, New York's WAMC radio, The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions sharing their expertise on wide-ranging topics. 

The Academic Minute highlights a different professor each day. It is hosted by Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities and former president of Mount Holyoke College.

The program airs on 70 NPR stations around the United States and Canada and is featured online at InsideHigherEd.com.

Five faculty members are taking part in Centre’s week-long takeover. They are Megs Gendreau, Jeff Heath, Stacey Peebles, Daniel Scott and Ravi Radhakrishnan. A sixth, Bruce K. Johnson, also recorded a segment that aired in June. 

Bruce K. Johnson, James Graham Brown Professor of Economics, shares his work examining how taxpayers value the intangible benefits of civic pride, and community bonding against the costs of public subsidies for major league stadiums and arenas. Listen here.

Stacey Peebles, H. W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Associate Professor of English, talks about the portrayal of war in popular culture and film and how it varies, as realistic representations are relatively rare but fantasy-based treatments have become ubiquitous. Listen here.

Ravi Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor of Economics and Business, discusses his work exploring how lobbying efforts and competition over limited resources between different sectors of an economy can deter or aid a nation’s long-term economic performance. Listen here.

Megs Gendreau, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, talks about her work related to fans’ fixations on the personal lives of athletes and their inability to separate the art from the artist. Listen here.

Daniel Scott, Associate Professor of Chemistry, talks about his research on rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests for various illnesses such as cancer and tuberculosis that could have implications for urgent care settings, rural health, global health, pharmaceuticals and more. Listen here.

Jeff Heath, David and Marlene Grissom Professor of Mathematics and Data Science, discusses his work with students, blending research, academics and sports, demonstrating the real-life applications of their analyses. Listen here.