Episode 32 – Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science Literacy

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL32.mp3   Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Lab Out Loud for our season finale.  Dr. Tyson is an author (most recently The Pluto Files and Death by Black Hole), has been described as the ‘Carl Sagan of the 21st Century’ and named “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” by PEOPLE magazine, appeared numerous times on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, stars […]

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Episode 31 – The AMS Education Program

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL31.mp3   Our guest this week is Jim Brey, Director of the Education Program at the American Meteorological Society.  Jim talks to us about the AMS Education Program, which promotes the teaching of atmospheric, oceanographic, and hydrologic sciences through pre-college teacher training and instructional resource material development. Links: AMS Education Program DataStreme Atmosphere – Links to weather maps and other items […]

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Episode 30 – Lights, Camera, Sea Turtles!

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL30.mp3   Our guest this week is Dr. Mike Heithaus.  Dr. Heithaus is the director of the Marine Sciences Program at Florida International University in Miami.  He has also worked with National Geographic’s Crittercam, and you might recognize his name as the author of Holt Biology (the cheetah book). Dr. Heithaus talks to us about his research, his interest in […]

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Episode 29 – We’re All Stellar Corpses

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL29.mp3   Our guest this week is Dr. Michelle Thaller.  A research scientist at the California Institute of Technology, Thaller is currently the Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program for the Spitzer Space Telescope.  Thaller talks to us about Spitzer, infrared light, and our origins in stellar corpses. Profile from Spitzer Profile from Cool Cosmos SIRTF Profile NASA […]

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Episode 28 – Who watches the Watchmen? Scientists Do!

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL28.mp3   Our guest this week is Jennifer Ouellette, director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange.  The Exchange provides entertainment industry professionals with access to top scientists and engineers to help bring the reality of cutting-edge science to creative and engaging storylines. Jennifer talks to us about her work with the Exchange, in how scientists advise pop culture – including […]

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Episode 27 – Questions with Skeptoid

For this episode, we took a suggestion from one of our listeners.  Nathan from Western Maine writes: For almost a year now I have been listening to the podcast called “Skeptoid,” recorded and published by a good skeptic fellow named Brian Dunning.  He researches and reports on subjects like alternative medicine and paranormal occurrences in a weekly podcast that lasts […]

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Episode 26: Stories of Evolution

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL26.mp3   Dr. Sean B. Carroll returns to the show this week to celebrate Darwin Day (Feb. 12, 2009).  With two new books out (Remarkable Creatures and Into the Jungle), Dr. Carroll discusses the power of storytelling in teaching science.  In fact, he even treats us with a story of how Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace and Henry Walter Bates all […]

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Episode 25 – Science in its Rightful Place

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL25.mp3   We welcome Jodi Peterson to the show this week.  Jodi serves as the Assistant Executive Director for the NSTA Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, and talks to us about what we might see for science and science education with the Obama administration. Make sure to tell us what you think about Science in its Rightful Place. Comment […]

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Episode 24 – The Bad Astronomer Returns

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL24.mp3   We welcome Phil Plait (aka The Bad Astronomer) back to the show.  Phil talks to us about the International Year of Astronomy and highlights a few events planned for the IYA.  As President of the James Randi Educational Foundation, Phil also discusses the role of skepticism in education. Links: The Bad Astronomer at Discover Magazine Original BA site […]

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Episode 23 – The Periodic Table of Videos

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL23.mp3   Our second international podcast brings us to the University of Nottingham, where The Periodic Table of Videos is hosted.  An online periodic table that includes short videos about each element, the PTOV has been watched over 3.9 million times.  Dr. Martyn Poliakoff, CBE – a research professor at the University of Nottingham – tells us about The Periodic […]

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Episode 22 – When Good Chemicals Go Bad

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL22.mp3   In this episode, Maryann Suero and Ken Roy warn us of safety dangers lurking in schools – both in the science lab and beyond.  Dr. Suero is the Children’s Health Program Manager for the EPA Region 5 (Midwest Region), and Ken Roy is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in CT, the Safety […]

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Episode 21 – Dr. Kiki, Never Too Cool for Science

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL21.mp3   Our guest this week is Dr. Kirsten Sanford, Ph.D. (Neurophysiology).  Dr. Sanford (Dr. Kiki) is making her way in independent science media and journalism. Recently, Dr. Kiki shared a comment on her blog in a post entitled The Reason Why.  Here’s a snippet: After showing her your podcasts, [my daughter] has discovered that it is not only possible […]

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Episode 20 – Ed Begley Jr. on Science and the Environment

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL20.mp3   In this episode, we talked with Ed Begley Jr.  Ed talks to us about science, the environment and his show Living with Ed. Preview from the Show: I think when people are armed with good knowledge about science, I think we’ve really got a shot.  It’s amazing to me when I talk to people – adults, people my […]

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Episode 19 – Bioethics with Jeffrey Kahn

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL19.mp3   Dr. Jeffrey Kahn is Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Kahn reminds us of the importance of ethics in science – from the classroom to public policy. Ethics Resources: Bioethics.net Kennedy Institute of Ethics High School Bioethics Curriculum Project Bioethics in the News (Google News) Molly Nash Case: The Nash Family: Breaking […]

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Episode 18 – Science Matters 2008

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL18.mp3   As we rapidly approach November 4th, we were able to talk with Lesley Stone from SEA (Scientists and Engineers for America) to discuss the role of science in the upcoming elections. Links: SHARP Network Views from the Experts McCain and Obama’s Answers to Innovations 2008 Candidates’ Forum for Innovation Obama’s Responses to Science Questions from Nature.com Campaign 2008 […]

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Episode 17 – Sir Harold Kroto on Science Education

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL17.mp3 To open our second season, we talked with Sir Harold Kroto. Kroto won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 (along with Curl and Smalley) for the discovery of fullerenes. He talks to us about a loss of hands-on experiences in our world, how to reform science education, and offers a new resource for science (and other) educators. Links: […]

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