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Wednesday, March 28, 2007



Hey, all, 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! Cheers, Scott

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Snacks 54 -- Pat Levitt!

Episode 54 of S4theB! features a fascinating chat with Dr. Pat Levitt (photo courtesy of, 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!
Dr Pat Levitt's Vanderbilt University Medical Center page
The Vanderbilt Brain Institute -- a great site for learning about the human brain! Spoon-fed Snacks! -- Click here for Google results search returns for "Pat Levitt environment genetics blog"

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14 Louise Rollins-Smith interview 2
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25 Glenn McCombs IVC
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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
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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)
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