Biology http://kwgs.org en At TU's Paul Buck Lecture: "Climate, CO2, and Plant Biology: Exploring the Links to Public Health" http://kwgs.org/post/tus-paul-buck-lecture-climate-co2-and-plant-biology-exploring-links-public-health <p>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. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:41:04 +0000 Rich Fisher 57605 at http://kwgs.org At TU's Paul Buck Lecture: "Climate, CO2, and Plant Biology: Exploring the Links to Public Health" "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think" http://kwgs.org/post/rational-animal-how-evolution-made-us-smarter-we-think <p>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. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:22:35 +0000 Rich Fisher 53962 at http://kwgs.org "The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think" "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" (and Various Other Mysteries of Stress and Science) Explained Herein http://kwgs.org/post/why-zebras-dont-get-ulcers-and-various-other-mysteries-stress-and-science-explained-herein <p>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. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:22:21 +0000 Rich Fisher 44770 at http://kwgs.org "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" (and Various Other Mysteries of Stress and Science) Explained Herein A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation) http://kwgs.org/post/look-origins-flowering-plants-and-evolution-plantlife-encore-presentation <p>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. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:16:35 +0000 Rich Fisher 44599 at http://kwgs.org A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation) "How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction" http://kwgs.org/post/how-humans-will-survive-mass-extinction <p>"It's the end of the world as we know it," announces <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_the_End_of_the_World_as_We_Know_It_%28And_I_Feel_Fine%29">a nifty rock song by R.E.M.</a> 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? Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:56:35 +0000 Rich Fisher 42574 at http://kwgs.org "How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction" "Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It" (Encore presentation.) http://kwgs.org/post/gene-therapy-and-boy-who-saved-it-encore-presentation <p>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. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:42:12 +0000 Rich Fisher 37621 at http://kwgs.org "Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It" (Encore presentation.) TU's 4th Annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture: "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century" http://kwgs.org/post/tus-4th-annual-paul-buck-memorial-lecture-plant-conservation-21st-century <p>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. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:18:57 +0000 Rich Fisher 37482 at http://kwgs.org TU's 4th Annual Paul Buck Memorial Lecture: "Plant Conservation in the 21st Century" Dr. Robert Sapolsky Delivers the Next Presidential Lecture Here at TU http://kwgs.org/post/dr-robert-sapolsky-delivers-next-presidential-lecture-here-tu <p>Our guest on this edition of ST is 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. A professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, and an author whose works include such popular books as "A Primate's Memoir" and "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers," Dr. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:37:48 +0000 Rich Fisher 36798 at http://kwgs.org Dr. Robert Sapolsky Delivers the Next Presidential Lecture Here at TU "The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death" http://kwgs.org/post/science-rewriting-boundaries-between-life-and-death <p>What happens to us when we die? Where does the line between life and death really or finally reside? These questions are as old as human consciousness itself. On this edition of ST, we present a very interesting discussion with Dr. Sam Parnia, the director of the well-known AWARE Study (as in, "AWAreness during REsuscitation") and one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death and near-death experiences. Dr. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:19:10 +0000 Rich Fisher 35186 at http://kwgs.org "The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death" Prof. Michael Deem of Rice University: "In Search of Fundamental Mathematical Laws of Biology" http://kwgs.org/post/prof-michael-deem-rice-university-search-fundamental-mathematical-laws-biology <p>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. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:18:40 +0000 Rich Fisher 33668 at http://kwgs.org Prof. Michael Deem of Rice University: "In Search of Fundamental Mathematical Laws of Biology"