Episode 69 – Success with Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL69.mp3 Ever wanted your students to conduct scientific research?  Our guest this week has some insights for you.  A second place winner in the Intel Science awards in 2006, Shiv Gaglani is now a graduate of Harvard working to spur interest in STEM among students.  We talk with Shiv about his book (and website) “Success with Science”,  how to engage […]

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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 57 – Preventing Bad Science in the Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL57.mp3   Finishing our UK tour, we talk with Dr. Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks.  Dr. Goldacre talks to us about interpreting scientific results, the tricks used to deceive us, and how science teachers might combat bad science in the classroom. badscience.net Bad Science Column at guardian.co.uk Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks and Big […]

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Episode 52 – Science We Can Read About

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL52.mp3     This week we discuss our favorite science books and talk to author Sam Kean. Sam discusses the periodic table, scientific discovery and storytelling in his new book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.  What science books do you read? Join […]

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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 45 – Science Fiction Writer Cory Doctorow

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL45.mp3   We first met Cory Doctorow in 2008 when he was giving a book tour for “Little Brother” in Milwaukee, WI.  Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger, and the co-editor of Boing Boing. We talk with Doctorow about science and science fiction, privacy, and his new book “Makers”. Links: Doctorow’s craphound.com Doctorow’s Novels (at Amazon.com) […]

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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 39 – Standards and Science Education

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL39.mp3   Our guest this week is Barry Cartwright – the Science Content Specialist for the Colorado Department of Education.  In November, Colorado recently released their Final Draft of the Colorado Academic Standards in Science.  Barry discusses some of the highlights of the new Colorado science standards and the future of standards in science education. Links: Colorado Academic Standards in […]

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Episode 37 – Science Because We Can

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL37.mp3   Our guest this week has some serious accolades that would make any geek proud: he has won an Ig Nobel prize (2002), been referenced in a Foxtrot comic, and owns the domain name periodictable.com.  Dr. Theo Gray talks to us this week about his tables, science experiments and safety, Wolfram Alpha, and even answers some student questions. Links: […]

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Episode 35 – The Quantum Frontier

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL35.mp3   With the Large Hadron Collider scheduled to come back online in November, we were able to talk with writer and physicist Don Lincoln again (see Episode 8).  Dr. Lincoln talks about the LHC and his new book: The Quantum Frontier. Links: The Quantum Frontier The Large Hadron Collider – CERN Lab Out Loud Episode 8: The Future of […]

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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 12 – Skepticism and the Bad Astronomer

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol12.mp3   Today’s guest calls himself the Bad Astronomer. Phil Plait is an astronomer, an author, and a well-known blogger at www.badastronomy.com. Phil talks to us about myths and skepticism in the science classroom. Preview from the show: Plait: I am in fact a skeptic. In the public mind – if you ask somebody “what’s a skeptic” – most people […]

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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 8 – The Future of Particle Physics

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/nstalol8.mp3   In this episode, Dale talks with physicist Don Lincoln of the DZero detector experiment at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratories. Don talks about physics, Fermilab, his books, and some opportunities for teachers and students with QuarkNet. Preview from the Show: Basler: Can you give us an overview of what the [Fermilab] does, and what the facility’s goals are? Lincoln: […]

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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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