Biology

StudioTulsa
12:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Two Decades of Caring for Songbirds of All Kinds: A Conversation with Suzie Gilbert

Aired on Monday, November 17th.

Tomorrow afternoon and evening -- on Tuesday the 18th, at the Tulsa Garden Center, from 1pm till 9:15pm -- the Tulsa Audubon Society, in collaboration with WING IT (as in "Wildlife In Need Group -- In Tulsa") and Wild Birds Unlimited, will present the second annual Wild at Art festival.

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StudioTulsa
4:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dr. Walter Piper of Chapman University, an Expert on the Behavior of the Common Loon, Speaks at TU

Aired on Friday, November 14th.

On this edition of ST, an interesting chat with Dr. Walter Piper of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Chapman University (in Orange, California). Dr. Piper is an expert on the common loon -- having studied these diver birds, known for their alluring and distinctive calls, for some 22 years -- and he'll present a free-to-the-public lecture on the social behavior of loons this afternoon (Friday the 14th) at 3pm in Oliphant Hall on the TU campus.

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StudioTulsa
3:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis"

Aired on Monday, July 21st.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Robert Dudley, who's a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prof. Dudley tells us about his interesting "drunken monkey hypothesis," which (per its Wikipedia entry) "proposes that human attraction to ethanol may have a genetic basis due to the high dependence of the primate ancestor of Homo sapiens on fruit as a food source.

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StudioTulsa
1:41 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

At TU's Paul Buck Lecture: "Climate, CO2, and Plant Biology: Exploring the Links to Public Health"

Aired on Thursday, April 10th.

Today we welcome Dr. Lewis H. Ziska to StudioTulsa. He's a research plant physiologist who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service, where he specializes in crop systems and global change. Dr. Ziska has devoted much of his career to researching how climate change and rising levels of carbon dioxide affect plants and aerobiology as well as the roles they play in agriculture and public health.

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StudioTulsa
2:22 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

"The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think"

Aired on Wednesday, February 5th.

Today on ST, we speak by phone with Douglas T. Kenrick, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University. He's also one of the co-authors of a recent book, "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think," which a reviewer for Mother Jones magazine calls "a fun romp through the comedy of human errors. Again and again, the authors find, evolutionary urges and hardwired brains explain behaviors rational economists cannot.

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StudioTulsa
5:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

"Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" (and Various Other Mysteries of Stress and Science) Explained Herein

Aired on Tuesday, August 13th.

On this encore edition of ST, we listen back to a discussion from April of this year. At that time, we spoke by phone with the acclaimed science writer, biologist, and neuroscientist, Dr. Robert Sapolsky. He's widely seen as one of our leading experts on stress --- namely, on the ways in which stress affects baboons and other primates, and what this, in turn, tells us about the effects of stress on the human condition.

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StudioTulsa
5:16 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, August 9th.

On this encore edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Pamela Soltis, the curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The work of Dr. Soltis has focused on the use of molecular evidence to reconstruct the patterns of plant evolution, and she has contributed significantly to our understanding of the evolution of flowering plants.

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StudioTulsa
1:56 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

"How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction"

Aired on Thursday, July 11th.

"It's the end of the world as we know it," announces a nifty rock song by R.E.M. from 1987, "and I feel fine." Or as T.S. Eliot wrote in "The Hollow Men," a poem first published in 1925: "This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper." Ever wonder how it will all come to a close? What doomsday will look like?

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StudioTulsa
5:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

"Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, April 18th.

On this edition of ST, we listen back to an interview that first aired in May of last year. At that time, we spoke with Dr. Ricki Lewis, a geneticist, journalist, professor, and genetic counselor. She's also the author of one of the most widely used college textbooks about genetics --- "Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications" --- and her latest book, now out in paperback, is "The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It." Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:18 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

TU's 4th Annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture: "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century"

Aired on Tuesday, April 16th.

On this installment of our show, we speak by phone with Dr. Pamela Soltis, the curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. She'll present the fourth annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture on the TU campus tomorrow night (Wednesday the 17th) in Helmerich Hall. Her lecture --- entitled "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century" --- is free and open to the public, and it begins at 7pm. The scholarly work of Dr.

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