Science

StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

"The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great"

Aired on Wednesday, February 13th.

When we say that someone is a "tinkerer," we might be offering a word of praise...or a put-down. Today's edition of ST explores the positive definition of the "tinkerer," as a creative inventor or innovator.

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StudioTulsa
5:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Prof. Michael Deem of Rice University: "In Search of Fundamental Mathematical Laws of Biology"

Aired on Thursday, January 31st.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Michael Deem, who is the John W. Cox Professor in Bioengineering as well as a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. Later today (Thursday the 31st), Prof. Deem will deliver a Phi Beta Kappa Lecture in Tyrrell Hall here on the TU campus; his address is entitled "In Search of Fundamental Mathematical Laws of Biology." (You can read a detailed bio for Prof.

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StudioTulsa
2:25 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

"Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and Texas"

Aired on Friday, January 25th.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Russell Lawson, a professor of history at Bacone College in Muskogee. Prof. Lawson has written several books on exploration over the years, including "The Land Between the Rivers: Thomas Nuttall's Ascent of the Arkansas, 1819" and "Passaconaway's Realm: Captain John Evans and the Exploration of Mount Washington." Today's we're talking about his newest volume, "Frontier Naturalist: Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and Texas" (University of New Mexico Press).

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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

"Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes"

Aired on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Our guest on ST is Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling "Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know." Horowitz, who teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University, joins us by phone to talk about her fascinating new volume, which is a collection of essays on how we perceive, discover, and experience the world around us.

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StudioTulsa
2:32 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

A Conversation with Ray Vandiver, Executive Director of Tulsa Children's Museum

Aired on Tuesday, January 8th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Ray Vandiver, the recently named (and very first) executive director of Tulsa Children's Museum (TCM). This facility has existed for the past few years as a "museum without walls" in our community, delivering performances and hands-on experiences to thousands of schoolchildren.

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StudioTulsa
5:36 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Detailed Notes on Prairie Dogs: A Chat with Prof. John Hoogland of the University of Maryland

Aired on Friday, December 7th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are discussing the interesting characteristics, colonies, mating practices, defense maneuvers, and kinship structures of prairie dogs --- yes, prairie dogs: those once-plentiful-but-now-dwindling rodents that exist in five different species throughout the grasslands of North America. Highly communicative and actually able to "speak" via several distinct and sophisticated (and quite discernable) calls, these burrowing mammals have long been studied --- much like, say, apes or whales --- for social/behavioral reasons.

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StudioTulsa
4:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

"Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, November 30th.

How many cigarettes are sold each year, worldwide? Believe it or not, six trillion. Our guest, who calls the cigarette "the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization," was the first-ever historian, several years ago, to testify in court against Big Tobacco. On this installment of ST, which first aired earlier this year, we speak with Robert N. Proctor, Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University.

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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

"Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior"

Aired on Thursday, October 18th.

Our guest on ST is Dr. Stephen Marshak, Professor of Geology and Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a part of Earth Week, the University of Tulsa's Geosciences Department invited Dr. Marshak for two speaking engagements that occurred here on the TU campus yesterday (the 17th) at noon and 7:30pm. The latter was an address entitled "What's Happening Deep Beneath the Midcontinent?: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior." Dr.

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StudioTulsa
1:06 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Eugenics Movement in America: "Science, Nature, and the Myths of the Kallikaks"

Aired on Wednesday, September 19th.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Dr. Michael L. Wehmeyer, a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center on Developmental Disabilities at Kansas University. He's published more than 25 books and 250 scholarly articles and book chapters on topics related to special education, understanding intellectual disability, eugenics, and self-determination --- and he is the co-author of a new book, "Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks." A former Tulsan and University of Tulsa graduate, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Connecting the Dots from Amateurism to the American Character (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, August 30th.

(Please note that this show first aired back in May.) What do we mean when we call someone an "amateur"? What are we saying? As it happens, there are many answers to this question. On this edition of ST, we speak with Jack Hitt, a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and public radio’s This American Life.

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