Episode 59 – The Courage to Teach

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL59.mp3   This week we discuss evolution education with Dr. Eric Plutzer, co-author of “Defeating Creationism in the Courtroom, But Not in the Classroom” – a recently published article in Science Magazine.  Dr. Plutzer discusses the paper, and what the results reveal about how much evolution is actually being taught in biology classrooms across the nation. The Cautious 60: The […]

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Episode 54 – The Encyclopedia of Life

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL54.mp3   Originally imagined by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson as “…an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth…”, The Encyclopedia of Life is a free, online, collaborative encyclopedia intended to document every living species known to science. It is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world. This week we talk with […]

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Episode 53 – Science We Can Learn

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL53.mp3   This week we talk with Daniel M. Carchidi (Publication Director) and Dr. Natalie Kuldell (instructor) about MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW).  OCW is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content, open and available to the world. How do you learn science? Join the conversation at www.laboutloud.com to share your favorite classes, media sources, or other ways to learn […]

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Episode 44 – Griff Jones and the IIHS

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL44.mp3   Griff Jones is an award-winning science teacher plucked from teaching high school to work with UFTeach – a program with the University of Florida designed to increase the quantity and quality of secondary mathematics and science teachers.  Griff was also selected to work with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to make two videos about understanding the science […]

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Episode 41 – NY Times Science Writer Nicholas Wade

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL41.mp3   This week we talk with Nicholas Wade, author and science writer for the New York Times.  Nicholas talks with us about his new book (The Faith Instinct), recent science breakthroughs and what to expect in the coming year. Links: Articles by Nicholas Wade from the NY Times nicholas-wade.com Wikipedia Entry on Nicholas Wade The Faith Instinct (on Amazon.com) […]

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Episode 40 – Being Sean Carroll

audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL40.mp3   Sean Carroll (physicist) and Sean B. Carroll (biologist) talk to us about their respective science fields, science education and being Sean Carroll.  (NOTE: Scientists displayed below in alphabetical order) Links: “Sean” data from Wolfram Alpha “Sean Carroll” Google Search Sean Carroll on Google News Sean B. Carroll (biologist) seanbcarroll.com Sean B. Carroll’s Lab About Sean B. Carroll HHMI […]

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Episode 36 – The Scientific Method Starts with Curiosity

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL36.mp3   With the upcoming 2009 HHMI Holiday Lecture on Science in December (Exploring Biodiversity), we decided to talk with one of the presenters – Dr. Bonnie Bassler.  The focus of Dr. Bassler’s research is on how bacteria communicate with each other in a process called quorum sensing.  This research has earned her a MacArthur fellowship in 2002, and her […]

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Gilligan's Cell

It was early spring of 1998 and I was student teaching in a 7th grade Life Science class. Now, I’m not a biology person – not certified to teacher it at all – but here I was trying to teach kids about the parts of the cell to the tune of Gilligan’s Island. Desperate times called for desperate measures. The […]

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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 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 15 – Expelled Exposed

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol15.mp3   In response to the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, we decided to talk with someone who has invested her life defending evolution. Dr. Eugenie Scott, Director for the National Center for Science Education, talks to us about the movie, the NCSE response, and the place of evolution in science education. National Center for Science Education Expelled Exposed: Flunked, […]

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Episode 7 – Cloning Monkey Embryos

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol7.mp3   On this week’s episode, we talk with Dr. Shoukhrat Mitalipov. Dr. Mitalipov is an Assistant Scientist and a Co-Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Embryonic Stem Cell Core Laboratory at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University. We talk with Dr. Mitalipov about his recent breakthrough in cloning monkey embryos and the scientific […]

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Episode 5 – Sir Alec Jeffries and DNA Fingerprinting

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol5.mp3   Professor Sir Alec Jeffries talks to us about the discovery of DNA fingerprinting, its uses/abuses and its impact on society. Preview from the Show: I’ve been called the father of DNA fingerprinting – I think grandfather is more appropriate. So basically the baby has grown up and spawned its own offspring – so I’m now granddad – and […]

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Episode 2 – Biologist Sean B. Carroll

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol2.mp3   Dr. Sean B. Carroll (Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin) talks to us about evolution, his new project, and science literacy. Preview from the show: What I am very convinced of, from all sorts of experiences of trying to communicate science, is that storytelling […]

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