A Breath of Fresh Science Writing from Sam Kean

Making his third appearance on Lab Out Loud, we welcome science storyteller Sam Kean back to the show.  As author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb, Sam has a new book out called Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.  Sam joins us to talk about how a chemistry thought problem lead to the title of […]

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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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Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences for Educators

Making his fourth appearance with Lab Out Loud, we welcome Fred Ende back to the show. As the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for a cooperative educational service in New York, Fred regularly designs, takes part in, observes, evaluates, and delivers professional development.  Most recently, Fred has written a book on professional development entitled Professional Development That Sticks, […]

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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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Science Answers in Two Minutes

We are proud to welcome fellow science podcaster Ainissa Ramirez to Lab Out Loud.  As scientist, inventor and self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa is the host of Science Underground – a new, two-minute podcast that delivers a science topic in an enjoyable and easy to understand fashion. Listen to the show to hear Ainissa discuss the importance of science communication the inspiration for her topics, and how […]

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Using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning Framework

Prompted from listener feedback, we welcome Dr. Kate McNeill and Dr. Joe Krajcik to the show.  As authors of Supporting Grade 5-8 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science, Kate and Joe join us to talk about using the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning (CER) framework as a method to guide students towards explanations in science.  Listen to the show to understand what CER is […]

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The Illustrated Women in Science with @CountDvL

Continuing our exploration of art in science, we invite author, illustrator and math/science teacher Dale Debakcsy to the show.  Every two weeks, Debakcsywrites and illustrates about important women in science.  Now that he has now completed half of his two-year project, Debakcsy has compiled the first 26 portraits into a book called The Illustrated Women in Science: Year One.  Listen to the […]

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Visualizing Molecular Structure and Function with Art

Our guest this week is scientist and artist Dr. David Goodsell.  As Associate Professor at the Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Goodsell splits his time on research and science outreach.  His science outreach includes artwork featured online, in a variety of media and even in science museums.  Listen to the show to learn how Dr. Goodsell makes his art, how accurate […]

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Understanding Art and Science with @ArthurIMiller

According to our guest, Einstein thought like an artist, and Picasso thought like a scientist.  As Professor emeritus of history and philosophy of science at University College London, Arthur I. Miller has been exploring the intersection of art and science.  His new book Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art  tells the story of how art, science and technology […]

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Teaching with @Interstellar: Our Conversation with Executive Producer Kip Thorne

To prepare for this episode, we had to do a little homework: see the movie Interstellar. As we were walking out of the theater, we knew we had to invite Kip Thorne back to the show.  As Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology, Kip Thorne is the scientific advisor and executive producer of Interstellar.  Listen to the […]

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Be Climate Smart with the @NCSE’s Mark McCaffrey

Season eight of of Lab Out Loud starts with our thoughts turning towards climate science.  As Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education, Mark McCaffrey boasts an impressive resume in climate and environmental science.  Mark helped lead the development of the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) and has testified before the House Subcommittee on Research about climate […]

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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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Episode 109 – Thinking About Our Future With Robots

Our guest this week is Illah Nourbakhsh, author of Robot Futures.  As Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Illah has been building and thinking about robotics for most of his life.  Illah joins us to talk about his book, our potential future with robots and how students should be inspired to learn with purpose. Links: Illah Nourbakhsh, The […]

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Episode 99 – Rhett Allain: Blogging, Birds and Movies

This week we welcome Rhett Allain back to the show.  As an Associate Professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, Rhett is an avid blogger for Wired Science at  Dot Physics. Rhett talks to us about his new book, analyzing physics in movies, and the ideas in his blog. Links Dot Physics Episode 51 – Science We Can Blog About Amazon.com: National […]

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Episode 94 – Pick Your Poison

We catch up this week with Deborah Blum.  Blum first joined us on Periodicity to talk about science journalism.  Since then, Blum has written “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.”  Blum talks to us about poisons, forensic medicine, and literacy in the science classroom. Links Deborah Blum deborahblum.com Speakeasy Science Wired […]

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Episode 86 – Questioning in Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL86.mp3 Prompted from listener feedback, we talk with Christian Eatough – a science teacher from the MLC School in Sydney, Australia.  Christian has been experimenting with the role of questioning in the science classroom, where he has been successful in getting students to ask questions to use them as the basis of practical work.  Christian talks to us about science education […]

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Episode 84 – The Science of Good Cooking

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL84.mp3 This week we talk with Guy Crosby about “The Science of Good Cooking” – written by Crosby and the editors of America’s Test Kitchen. As science editor for America’s Test Kitchen, Crosby advises the science content in Cook’s Illustrated magazine, Cook’s Country, and the popular PBS television cooking show “America’s Test Kitchen”. Crosby talks to us about the science […]

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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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There’s a Zombie in my Classroom

This week we talk with Dr. Steven Schlozman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Schlozman talks to us about his start in teaching, his recent book “The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse” and how to use zombies to teach science. Links: The Zombie Autopsies “The Zombie […]

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Episode 71 – Hack Your Bio Class

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL71.mp3 For the last episode of 2011, we talk with journalist and author Marcus Wohlsen.  Wohlsen is a science writer for the Associated Press who has received abundant praise for his recent book “Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life.” Listen to the episode as Wohlsen talks about his book, the underground community of “biopunks” and how you might […]

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