For our tenth episode, we interviewed Dr. Antonio Damasio, Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Neurology, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Damasio has written a number of critically-acclaimed books, beginning with Descartes’ Error and continuing most recently with The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures. A central idea of this new book is homeostasis — how do emotions keep us within biological ranges that are conducive to life? How have different cultures emerged to serve these same homeostatic goals? Is consciousness even possible without emotions? And what, if anything, can we learn about ourselves by studying bacteria? We also discuss the research that led Dr. Damasio to these conclusions, as well as his single bet for the next big scientific breakthrough.
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On this episode, Katie is joined by Dr. Kevin Ahern, a Professor of Biochemistry/Biophysics who has taken a very non-traditional path to becoming a professor. A Beaver alum, Ahern received his Ph.D from OSU in 1986 and after post-doctoral work at UCSD, rejoined OSU as a business manager in 1989. Transitioning to the instructional ranks in 1995, Ahern served there until he was promoted from Senior Instructor to Professor in 2014, a rank he currently holds. Along the way, Ahern served as a scientific writer and editor with stints as contributing editor of Science Magazine, BioTechniques, and Genetic Engineering News. His YouTube instructional videos have over 4,000,000 views and his three open educational resource textbooks have saved students almost $50,000,000.
Segment 1: Writing Creatively as a Researcher [00:00-11:58]
In this first segment, Kevin shares about some of the creative writing he does as a scientist.
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A new way to produce aerogels opens up their use, and understanding how sulfur can change state between two liquids.
In this episode:
01:05 Printing aerogels
Aerogels are materials with impressive insulating properties, but they’re difficult to handle, due to their innate fragility. Now, researchers have shown a new way to 3D print the most common form of aerogel, opening up a range of potential new applications. Research Article: Zhao et al.
To provide targeted public health interventions during the pandemic, it’s vital that data are collected and shared effectively. We discuss the countries doing this well, and find out how fragmented systems are preventing epidemiologists from giving up-to-date information on outbreaks.
It’s been thought that some liquids may be able to exist in two distinct states, but evidence has been scarce. Now, researchers show that sulfur can exist in two liquid states, and have discovered some insights into how this might occur. Research Article: Henry et al.; Video: 24 hours in a synchrotron
The journey to change someone’s mind is a long and winding road. It takes passion, resilience, and hope, as we learn from Juliana Chan, founder of Asian Scientist Magazine, Per Espen Stoknes, author of What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming, and James Honeyborne, producer of Blue Planet.
Presented by Mary-Ann Ochota and Professor Danielle George.
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