Westminster Professors Featured in National Podcast

Academic minute

September 13, 2019

Westminster College professors shared their expertise on "The Academic Minute," a podcast featuring professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted. Westminster faculty discussed the student loan debt crisis, the effects of light pollution, the search for life on Mars and how fantasy role-playing games can help academic writing.

Westminster College Week on “The Academic Minute” occurred September 9-13, 2019. The podcast is also available via Inside Higher Ed and NPR.

Student Loan Debt Crisis

James (Cid) Seidelman

James (Cid) Seidelman Ph.D., distinguished service professor of economics

The student loan debt crisis shows no signs of slowing down. James (Cid) Seidelman examines why reform is needed.

Listen to or read the Student Loan Debt Crisis episode

Light Pollution

Julia Kamenetzky

Julia Kamenetzky Ph.D., assistant professor of physics

Light pollution can have a lot of negative effects. Julia Kamenetzky delves into how the Park Service is documenting the effect of bright lights.

Listen to or read the Light Pollution episode

Great Salt Lake and Life on Mars

Bonnie Baxter

Bonnie Baxter, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of Westminster's Great Salt Lake Institute

Want to go to Mars? Head to Utah. Bonnie Baxter explores how the Great Salt Lake can help us search for life on Mars and determines how Great Salt Lake could be a stand in for the red planet.

Listen to or read the Great Salt Lake and Life on Mars episode.

Academic Writing as Fantasy Role Playing Game

Christopher LeCluyse

Christopher LeCluyse Ph.D., professor of English

Could gaming help in your college writing course? Christopher LeCluyse determines if academic writing can be like a fantasy role-playing game.

Listen to or read the Academic Writing as Fantasy Role Playing Game episode.

End of Neoliberalism

James (Cid) Seidelman

James (Cid) Seidelman Ph.D., distinguished service professor of economics

The 2016 presidential election may have signaled the end of neoliberalism. James (Cid) Seidelman explores the rise of reactionary populism.

Read the End of Neoliberalism episode