Episode 77 – Gaming for Science

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL77.mp3 Our guest this week is Zoran Popović.  As director for the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, Zoran helped create (with David Baker and Seth Cooper) Foldit – a popular online game that teaches protein folding and ultimately allows scientists to discover protein structures through crowdsourcing and community collaboration.  Zoran talks to us about Foldit and using games to help solve […]

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Episode 76 – Not Another Lab Report

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL76.mp3 Our guest this week is Fred Ende.  As a middle-school science teacher, Fred quickly became frustrated with cookie-cutter, partial inquiry and simple scientific method lab reports that rarely engaged students in the content.  Deciding to change this mode, Fred created open-ended lab experiences where students investigated their own questions, became interested in sharing their work, and ultimately improved their […]

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Episode 74 – There’s a Zombie in my Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL74.mp3 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 […]

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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 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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Episode 70 – Go Back in Time with Terra Tempo

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL70.mp3 We welcome David Shapiro to the show to talk about his graphic novel “Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm”.  Shapiro is the creative director and writer at Craigmore Creations – a publishing house that specializes in Earth science and natural history stories.  In “Terra Tempo”, Shapiro’s young characters travel back in time to Glacial Lake Missoula and witness the resulting […]

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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 68 – Modeling Instruction in the Science Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL68.mp3 This week we talk with Mark Schober about using Modeling Instruction in the science classroom.  As president of the American Modeling Teacher’s Association, Mark shares with us a history of modeling, how it can be used in the classroom and that it is for more than just physics courses. Links Schober’s Physics: ModelingPhysics.org Contact Mark Schober Modeling Instruction in […]

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Episode 67 – Take a Field Trip…In Your Classroom

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL67.mp3 Our guest this week is Jamie Loizzo, project manager for Purdue zipTrips™. A zipTrip is an electronic, interactive field trip that connects students across the country to scientists at Purdue University.  Through the experience, students are able to observe real-life science laboratories, research and science careers.  Listen to the interview and take your kids on a zipTrip! Links Purdue […]

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Episode 65 – Framing a New Vision for Science Education

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL65.mp3 Join us to kick off our 2011-2012 season by talking science standards with Jonathan Osborne from Stanford University.  As a committee member who helped draft the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards released this summer, Osborne talks to us about science practices, crosscutting concepts and core ideas found within the framework. Preview from the Show: The intention of […]

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Episode 64 – A Visit with Science Olympiad

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL65.mp3 In our final show of the season, we talk with Dr. Gerard J. Putz (President of Science Olympiad) and Jennifer Kopach (Marketing Director) about the Science Olympiad National Tournament to be hosted on May 20-21 by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Listen and learn how Science Olympiad has changed and continues to be one of the premiere science […]

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Episode 61 – Google’s Global Science Fair

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL61.mp3   For episode 61, we talk with Google’s Cristin Frodella about the Google Global Science Fair 2011. In partnership with CERN, the LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, Google has created an exciting new global science competition to help celebrate young scientific talent and engage students in science. Learn how to submit a project, then later to see […]

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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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POE Science in Action

In 2007-2008, I participated in a task force designed to examine the technology education standards and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses for science content and possible equivalency in Wisconsin.  The outcome of the task force led to the recommendation in 2008 that two PLTW courses (Principles of Engineering and Biotechnical Engineering) contain sufficient science content whereby a local school […]

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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 43 – Mythbusters’ Adam Savage

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL43.mp3   We first met Adam Savage (from the Mythbusters) at The Amaz!ng Meeting 7 last summer, where he gave a talk about the creative process and failure that comes with ‘making’.  Of course, we knew that we had to get Adam on the show.  A few months later, we were lucky to talk with Adam about the Mythbusters, science […]

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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 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 38 – National Lab Day

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL38.mp3   Our guest this week is Jack Hidary, chairman of National Lab Day.  Designed to encourage partnerships between scientists, engineers, teachers and students, National Lab Day emerged from a partnership between NSTA, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Jack D. Hidary Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.  Jack talks to us about the program and […]

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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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