Learning the Rules with Sean B. Carroll

To close season 10, we welcome back Dr. Sean B. Carroll – award-winning scientist, writer, and educator.  Dr. Carroll’s new book, The Serengeti Rules, examines the fundamental question of how life works as he uncovers the rules that determine the what controls the number of species in an environment and the diversity within that community.  What this molecular biologist learns […]

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Science Teachers Needed for Evolution Survey

Dr. William Romine and Dr. Amber Todd are co-leading a project to study teachers’ attitudes and emotions surrounding evolution. They are looking for current and former teachers who have taught biology at the K-college level. If you would like to participate in our study, please click the following link to complete the survey. This study has been reviewed by the […]

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Dr. Carin Bondar: Using Sex to Teach Biological Concepts

This week we talk sex with Dr. Carin Bondar (specifically, we discuss how science teachers can use sex to teach biological concepts).  As biologist, writer and presenter, Dr. Carin Bondar hosts an independent web series called Wild Sex and has just released her second book, also titled Wild Sex.  Listen to the show to hear ideas on how you might utilize biological sex to teach […]

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Pokémon GO: Has Your Science Classroom Evolved with the Phenomenon?

As students are returning to school, they might be hunting for Pokémon with the wildly popular PokémonGo app. Part of the game allows students students to evolve their Pokémon into other pocket monsters. But is this an accurate portrayal of biological evolution? Can science educators actually use PokémonGo to teach evolution or other scientific concepts? To help answer some of these questions, we are happy to welcome Dr. […]

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Episode 111: Watching the History Inside You with Your Inner Fish

This week we welcome Neil Shubin to the show.  As paleontologist and anatomy professor at the University of Chicago, Shubin has had some fantastic opportunities to hunt for fossils and use them to communicate stories of our own evolution. In 2008, he wrote these stories into Your Inner Fish – a national bestselling book that has now been adapted into a three-part series […]

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One Hecto-sode: 100 Episodes Promoting Science Education

For our 100th episode, we welcome Glenn Branch to the show.  As Deputy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Glenn talks to us about the center, how they support climate change education, and how the NCSE can defend science in your classroom. Lab Out Loud thanks NSTA and our listeners for support of 100 episodes. Listen to how we […]

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Episode 83 – Sam Kean’s Stories from the Human Genome

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL83.mp3 After the summer release of “The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code,” we got a chance to catch up with science writer Sam Kean.  Sam talks to us about his book, science writing, and how educators might use his stories in the science classroom. Did you read any good […]

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Episode 73 – NCSE Now Defending Climate Change Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL73.mp3 As science educators are increasingly reporting attacks on climate change education, the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is announcing that they will also be defending climate change science in public school science education.  Join us as Dr. Eugenie Scott explains this new initiative for NCSE by adding climate change to their portfolio in defending good science education. Links: […]

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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 48 – Don’t Be Such a Scientist

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL48.mp3   For our 100th podcast interview (including 52 interviews with Periodicity), we talk with former marine biologist turned filmmaker and author Randy Olson.  Since we last talked with Randy about Flock of Dodos, he has since put out another movie (Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy) and a book (Don’t Be Such a Scientist: ).  We talk with Randy about […]

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Episode 47 – Evolution for the Young Reader

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL47.mp3   Our guest this week is Daniel Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic and author/illustrator.  Daniel joins us to talk about Junior Skeptic, shepherding and his new book: Evolution: How we and all Things Came to Be. Links: Wikipedia Entry on Daniel Loxton Evolution: How we and all Things Came to Be (Amazon.com) Junior Skeptic Explains Evolution (Wired) Junior Skeptic […]

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Episode 46 – Paleontologist Scott from “Dinosaur Train”

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL46.mp3       You may know this week’s guest as Paleontologist Scott from the PBS hit show “Dinosaur Train”. In episode 46, Paleontologist Scott talks about the show, being a paleontologist, and his new book Dinosaur Odyssey. Links: Scott Sampson’s Website Purchase Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life Dinosaur Train (PBS) Dinsosaur Train Videos Dinosaur Train […]

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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 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 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 9 – Blogging with PZ Myers

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol9.mp3   In this episode, we chat with PZ Myers – lead author of the blog Pharyngula (Pharyngula is hosted at Science Blogs – a project from Seed Magazine). Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Contact Information at UM Morris Curriculum Vitae Personal Page Profile on Nature Network Pharyngula Galleries Articles written by […]

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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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