An bi-weekly 20-minute-to-an-hour podcast outlining the dedicated and interesting work done by members of the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach and the scientists and students they serve, hosted by Scott Merrick and free of advertisement and hype! Features fresh podsafe music and a new technology tip in every tasty episode.
As of this posting, S4theB! shownotes will appear at a new URL. The Powers-that-be at Vanderbilt have decided it's time to host shownotes at the University server. Cool!
You ready? Here it is:
Currently, shows 51 onward are noted there, and it's possible that all the content will be moved over soon. Until then, keep this blogger site bookmarked for notes to older shows!
# posted by Scott Merrick @ 3/28/2007 10:19:00 AM 1 comments
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Snacks 54 -- Pat Levitt!
Episode 54 of S4theB! features a fascinating chat with Dr. Pat Levitt (photo courtesy of www.vanderbilt.edu), Director of the Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Dr. Levitt is also a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute Neuroscience Council and is extraordinarily active in a plethora of professional organizations, including the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, and the National Advisory Mental Health Council for the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the author of over 170 scientific papers and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals that include Biological Psychiatry, Cerebral Cortex, and Neuron.
Pat Levitt, as you can see, is a very busy guy.
That's why I was so pleased to be able to meet with him in his offices on the 4th floor of the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. My portable recorder was sadly out of juice so I rigged up my laptop with a headset mic (the explanation for my own comments during the interview sounding like I'm speaking with a tin bucket over my head :), but I have to say the 30 or so minutes we chatted were among the most enjoyable and enlightening I've spent in these nearly two years of interviewing some of the most interesting people in science.
Enough chatchat: Download S4theB! Episode 54 here or click the Podcast Pickle player at the top of the page to hear it right in your browser.
This episode's music hearkens back to the Podsafe Music Network for its listening-on-the-theme-of-the-brain content. 3 Feet Up's "Teflon Brain" and audio project The Fabrications' "Brain Cells" color up the show, and there's even a TechTipTidbit for you! I lead out by fudging a little with BRAIN BUCKIT's (well, there's "brain" in the band's name!) bluesy "Rocket Science." All in all, I think it's a a satisfying Snacks! and I hope you'll agree!
# posted by Scott Merrick @ 3/11/2007 06:37:00 AM 0 comments
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Snacks 53--AIDS Outreach at Vanderbilt
This S4theB! is dedicated to the determined group of Graduate Students known as Vanderbilt AIDS Outreach, or "AIDSO." Led by the capable Brenna Simons, these students work to help make Middle School and High School students aware of the dangers of AIDS and of their options in situations where contracting the disease might be a consequence of their actions.
I talked with Brenna at the Panera Bread Company and it was crowded inside so we parked ourselves at a little wrought-iron table and chatted away over green tea (Brenna) and coffee (me--their espresso maker was out of order :( ). Jenna's group is putting the finishing touches on a 30 minute video highlighting the personal experiences of folks infected with HIV and others affected by relationships with AIDS sufferers. Once it's ready it'll be available online both here and at the AIDSO website.
This group is doing some amazing work, as you'll hear amidst the traffic sounds and occasional "order is ready" announcements. Think of S4theB! 53 as a soundseeing tour of sorts!!! In the show, we talk briefly about the interactive videoconferencing programs that AIDSO is planning via the CSO VSIVC program. Those dates are 04/16/07
1:00 pm and 04/23/07 1:00 pm. Teachers, if you want to sign up visit the CSO website and do so!!!
Music for this show is from Magnatune.com, and features the fantastic fretwork of acoustic guitarist Jeff Wahl. Nice listening, and if you like what you hear you'll love the rest of his album, available for purchase at the Magnatune website.
You'll also get an informative TechTipTidbit this show, all about how to erase your harddrive, courtesy of Dr. T. at completelyfreesoftware.com via worldstart.com's computer tips, used with permissions. About to recycle or donate or sell a computer? Better listen up to this one!!!
Download S4theB!53 right here or click the Podcast Pickle Player at the top of the blog for (near) instant listening!
# posted by Scott Merrick @ 2/13/2007 12:16:00 PM 0 comments
Monday, January 29, 2007
Snacks 52 -- The CSO Website!
Hey, ya'll, I've been soooooooo busy, setting up the Spring 2007 Vanderbilt Virtual Scientist in the Classroom interactive videoconferencing programming (still under construction!), teaching my li'l folks at USN, and moving my family into a new home. So I'm a bit late but hoping that with Snacks4theBrain! episode 52 we can get back on the bi-weekly schedule. In this episode it's all moi, all Scott, all about the CSO website!
Our guy Jeff Hazelton has been completely revamping our website and this little audio tour is something you might think about following along with your computer mouse as we explore the site. While completely perverting the podcasting concept of "soundseeing," I think you might agree it functions as such, even if the place you're going is virtual instead of, for example, out on the English countryside...
As far as the music goes, it's all mandolin! Two great tunes by blues giant Johnny Nicholas, live cuts from the Podsafe Music Network at music.podshow.com and a third just me and my mando. I can't measure up to the Nicholas, but I do have fun with it and I hope you will too. We hear Johnny's "Mandolin Boogie" and his "Mandolin Moan," two cuts from his "Thrill on the Hill" CD, available at CDBaby.com, the same site I host my "Songs for Alaska" CD. You can't get my song, "Emma and Miranda are in China," anywhere but here...yet! It's part of a compilation of guitar and mandolin instrumentals I hope to release by the end of the year on CDBaby, a record called "Still Waiting." Watch for that!
Download S4theB! 52 here, or click the Podcast Pickle player at the top of the page for quick and easy playing rightcheer in your browser! Cheerio, and look for an veryyyyyyy interesting interview in the next show!!!!!!!!!!!!
# posted by Scott Merrick @ 12/18/2006 08:46:00 PM 0 comments
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Snacks 50! Half a Century!
I'll be working on S4theB! 50 this week, but here I go again, promising you last show something I'm not gonna deliver, at least not yet--the interview with Steve Spangler at http://stevespanglerscience.com. The really GOOD news, though, is that I'll bring you that next time. I was chatting with him over the telephone Friday, and we were about to set a phone call interview time when I had to sucker-slap myself: I'm going to be in Denver with my family over Winter Break! (slap!) I could meet him at his offices, which he referred to as a 'toy factory' (heheheee) and do a better-sounding interview with him, buy him some coffee, and maybe even tour the factory! Wheeeezers!
I'm thinking video, especially since the brief video in S4theB! episode 49's blognotes garnered over 30,000 (yep, all those zeros belong!) views in just over a week. Let's see if we can beat that!
Meanwhile, and whilst you're awaiting S4theB! 50, read the op-ed article by my friend, colleague, and boss Dr. Virginia Shepherd, wrote in this past Thursday's Nashville Tennessean. It's about a new call for institutions of higher education to belly up to the bar and begin to do something to help out ailing public school systems. For more news about the CSO's fine work, see the CSO News page at the website. Hey, there's an article featuring an interview with methere!
# posted by Scott Merrick @ 12/10/2006 08:29:00 AM 0 comments
I really do consider myself as much of a learner as a teacher. Partly that's because my main professional interest is educational technology, and I've been lucky enough to fall in with some movers and shakers in that arena, many of whom I consider friends, all of whom I consider colleagues.