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Thursday, April 20, 2006


Snacks 33 -- Randy Reiserer!

Episode 33 of S4theB! finds your stalwart science seeker interviewing Dr. Randall Reiserer, evolutionary biologist and biological behavioralist. Dr. Reiserer (pronounced "riser") is investigating the behavior of mice in a search for a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, and he is also a presenter of interactive videoconferences for the Virtual Scientist program at the Center for Science Outreach. We talk about what it was like for Randy to put this presention together and how he felt the interaction went, and we'll delve into some of his content--"What is Evolution," anyway, really?!! Our conversation evolved into a discussion of the incredible new discovery of Tiktaalik, the new "incredibly cool fossil" recently discovered in Arctic Canada. Read more about it in the links below! Finally, the big question--listen up here to discover what question I might ask of an evolutionary biologist, considering, of course that I'm an educator of young children and a science proponent. Music for today's podcast provided by the Podsafe Music Network, a trance piece from a South African group called Ruddha. The song is entitled "R-evolution Club Dub." One last note, in the interview I mention that the name Tiktaalik "must be a Upik word." Well, I was nearly right. The word is actually Inuktitut. Good near-miss, Scotty-me-lad! Links: Dr. Randy Reiserer's home page Nature Magazine's Tiktaalik article Tiktaalik roseae website Vanderbilt Researchers and Scientists sign up for your own IVC presentation!
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2 S4theB! Introduction
3 Keystone PSA Announcement
4 Kathy Schrock interview
5 Todd Lamitina IVC
6 Charles Brau IVC
7 Ginny Shepherd interview
8 Jeannie Tuschl interview
9 Keystone Conference
10 Scott Merrick on IVC K12
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13 Louise Rollins-Smith interview
14 Louise Rollins-Smith interview 2
15 Keystone Conference
16 Keivan Stassun interview
17 William Schaffner interview
18 Science Songs
19 Geek Gift List
20 Rocky Alvey interview
21 Bill Snyder interview
22 Biomedical Engineering Forum
23 Rick Chappell IVC
24 Bob O'Dell and Arnie Heiser IVC
25 Glenn McCombs IVC
26 Charles Brau interview
27 Jerry Wilmink interview
28 Educational Podcasting
29 Ginny Shepherd "Out of the Lunchbox" talk
30 Vickie Hannig and Melinda Cohen interview
31 David Warlick interview
32 Highlights from past shows
33 Randy Reiserer interview
34 Arnie Heiser interview
35 Overview of CSO
36 Overview of CSO 2
37 Glenn McCombs interview
38 Albert Reynolds interview
39 David Salisbury
40 NECC 2006 Highlights
41 Ian Jukes interview
42 GAS Camp (Girls and Science Camp)
43 Stephen Camarata interview
44 Jeff Ray interview
45 Kyle Butler interview
46 RIP (Research Internship Program)
47 Ig Nobel Awards
48 Dyer Star Chamber
49 Steve Spangler Science

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