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 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 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 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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