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A Visit to NSF
Featured Speaker(s): James Collins
Hitting the road again, Dr. Biology checks out the Biological Division of the National Science Foundation. He visits with Dr. James Collins, the person overseeing all the research funding for the biological area at NSF.  Learn how your tax dollars are being used and the cool things that NSF funds that you may not have known about.

Volume: 039 | Length: 28:50 | Size: 14 MB

Fire and Life
Featured Speaker(s): Stephen Pyne
Could fire be an important thing for life on Earth? Would Earth be the same without fire? These are just a few of the many questions we have for fire researcher Stephen Pyneabout fire and its role with life. Did we also mention his battle with a dragon? If you have a burning desire to learn the answers to these questions, tune in.

Volume: 020 | Length: 29:54 | Size: 14 MB

Keystone Species
Featured Speaker(s): Andrew Smith
Travel with us to the Tibetan plateau in China and the field site of conservation biologist, Andrew Smith. There we will learn about some cute furry animals called Pikas and why they are considered a keystone species. Hey, just what is a "keystone species"?  That's something we will also learn about.

Volume: 006 | Length: 30:31 | Size: 15 MB

Featured Speaker(s): Andrew Smith, WEI Fuwen
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a baby Giant Panda in your lap? Listen in while Dr. Biology talks with two scientists who have gotten up close and personal with Pandas. Andrew Smith is a returning guest and WEI Fuwen is a visiting scientist from China that has been studying pandas in the wild. He has even caught the sounds of these elusive animals in the wild.

Volume: 029 | Length: 29:51 | Size: 14 MB

Open Access @ ASU
Featured Speaker(s): Jane Maienschein, Claudia Mesch, Michael Smith
Host(s): Anali Perry Anali Perry hosts a discussion with three ASU professors about Open Access issues, their own open access activities, and the Open Access Week exhibit at the Tempe campus October. 12-23. The Open Access movement encourages providing access to scholarly literature that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Episode: 43 | Length: 35:32 | Size: 40.7 MB

Supporting Faculty Research (Part 1)
Featured Speaker(s): Jane Maienschein
In Part 1 Dr. Jane Maienschein discusses The Embryo Project and its partnership with the ASU Knowledge Network, originally from the ASU Library Channel. Introduction by Vicki Coleman.

Episode: 73 | Length: 40:51 | Size: 50.9MB

Celebrating Darwin: 1909, 1959, and 2009
Featured Speaker(s): Janet Browne
Darwinfest Profile

Length: 50:44 | Size: 23.1 MB

Don’t be such a Scientist!
Featured Speaker(s): Randy Olson
Darwinfest Profile

Length: 54:14 | Size: 25.5 MB

Is Darwinism past its “Sell By” date?
Featured Speaker(s): Michael Ruse
Darwinfest Profile

Length: 41:53 | Size: 19.7 MB

Popular Perceptions of Genetics
Featured Speaker(s): Amanda Waddell, Ellen Dupont
Host(s): David Edwards, Ellen Dupont As our knowledge of the human genome and our ability to intervene with it increase, the fields of genetics and genomics are becoming ever more important. ASU students Amanda Waddell and Ellen Dupont join host David Edwards to discuss the ethics of genetic engineering and issues surrounding media coverage of genetic science.

Episode: 002 | Length: 13:36 | Size: 6.3 MB

Technology and Society (Part I)
Featured Speaker(s): Jameson Wetmore
Host(s): Ellen Dupont What do the Amish have to teach us about the human-technology relationship? Have you ever felt the temptation to text message in class or wondered how much power you have over your technology – or vice versa? Join host Ellen DuPont for part one of a two part series with ASU professor Jameson Wetmore as they discuss Amish views of technology, the ways that technology and society interact, and what that means for policymakers, engineers, and the everyday technology user.

Episode: 003a | Length: 15:36 | Size: 7.2 MB

Technology and Society (Part II)
Featured Speaker(s): Jameson Wetmore
Host(s): Ellen Dupont In the second of a two-part series with ASU professor Jameson Wetmore, he and host Ellen DuPont cover the intersection of religion and nanotechnology, the technological ethics of GM foods in Africa, and how to keep control over your iPhone, instead of the other way around.

Episode: 003b | Length: 15:24 | Size: 7.1 MB

Western Medicine vs. TCAM
Featured Speaker(s): Lauren Imbornoni, Josh Niska
Host(s): Ellen Dupont In the United States and in most of Europe, when we think health, we think doctors--white-coated, extensively trained M.D.s., but up to 80% of the world’s population practices medicine very differently. What are some of the characteristics of these alternative frameworks for understanding health and illness? Can multiple frameworks coexist in peace? Graduating seniors Lauren Imbornoni and Josh Niska, both future physicians, join host Ellen Dupont to discuss the tensions between Western medicine and Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine.

Episode: 004 | Length: 15:37 | Size: 14.4 MB

All Things Embryo
Featured Speaker(s): Jane Maienschein, Manfred Laubichler
Behind what’s in the news about birth control, abortions and stem cell research is nearly a half century of embryological and developmental science, study and scholarly thought. Professors Jane Maienschein and Manfred Laubichler talk about the “Embryo Project,” a virtual collecting point for all things embryonic developed to create insight, understanding and international leadership around one of modern science’s most controversial topics.

Episode: 24 | Length: 21:19 | Size: 10.0MB

Bioeconomics: tradeoffs, nature and society
Featured Speaker(s): Eli Fenichel
People care about their wilderness and wild spaces to the tune of $122 billion dollars a year, just shy of the entire GDP for Israel or Venezuela. The field of bioeconomics works to balance the needs of wildlife with society, considering how to deliver ecoservices with an eye on sustainability, conservation and management. Assistant professor Eli Fenichel talks about the complexities inherent in this art that juggles concerns about emergent disease, invasive species, with fisheries and recreation, and preservation of wildlife and wild spaces for future generations.

Episode: 43 | Length: 25:48 | Size: 14.4 MB

Biology on Fire (Part I)
Featured Speaker(s): Stephen Pyne
Regents’ Professor, Mac Arthur Fellow, author and a world’s expert on fire and fire ecology Stephen Pyne talks about how fire, its use, misuse, and its biological nature have shaped our world, before and because of man, and learn how policies of the past still reverberate in our present, in Arizona and globally.

Episode: 19 | Length: 24:14 | Size: 11.4MB

Clinicians and Cyborgs (Part I)
Featured Speaker(s): Kenro Kusumi, Jason Robert
With modern medicine changing through the introduction of new treatments and technologies, comes profound ethical and social challenges. Jason Robert, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences, and Kenro Kusumi, associate professor and researcher at TGen, talk about their role, the curriculum, and the unique education offered to this next generation of clinicians at the innovative University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University.

Episode: 16 | Length: 22:04 | Size: 10.4MB

Clinicians and Cyborgs (Part II)
Featured Speaker(s): Kenro Kusumi, Jason Robert
In part II of this podcast, Kenro Kusumi and Jason Robert elaborate on what cyborgs, personalized medicine, chimeras, biomedical informatics and gene therapies may mean in the practice of medicine and in their own researches in bioethics and spinal birth defects.

Episode: 17 | Length: 26:04 | Size: 12.3MB

Prometheus Bound: On Books and Exploration (Part II)
Featured Speaker(s): Stephen Pyne
Historian Stephen Pyne captures fire’s power and sheds understanding on its ability to shape continents, eco-systems, and civilizations in his books. Pyne reads from his newest work: Awful Splendor, the Fire History of Canada. How does he meld his scientific and creative interests? Come turn a page in his own life’s journey, from the fire lines of the Grand Canyon to Antarctica.

Episode: 20 | Length: 22:39 | Size: 10.7MB

Science Odyssey: As Courts Weigh Status of Embryos, Stem Cell Research Comes into Focus–Stem Cells Part 1
Featured Speaker(s): Michael Matthay
After federal courts delivered mixed messages about the legality of embryonic stem cell research, opponents trumpeted their arguments for treating embryos like any other human being, and researchers wondered whether they could proceed with their experiments. In this episode we talk with Dr. Michael Matthay of the University of California--San Francisco School of Medicine, an expert on the state of the field.

Length: 40:51 | Size: 9.4MB

Science Odyssey: As Courts Weigh Status of Embryos, Stem Cell Research Comes into Focus–Stem Cells Part 2
Featured Speaker(s): Jane Maienschein
In Part 2, we hear from Dr. Jane Maienschein, Regents Professor and director of the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University, on the ethics of embryonic stem cell research.

Length: 15:37 | Size: 14.3MB


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