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  • Science On Tap: For Darwin's Sake

    David Jablonski is the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology (a multi-institutional PhD program) at the University of Chicago. He combines data on living and fossil marine organisms to ask large-scale evolutionary questions about origins, extinctions and geographic distributions.

  • Science on Tap: Shark Night

    Demian D. Chapman, PhD combines molecular and field-based approaches to better understand the population biology, evolution and ecology of large marine vertebrates, particularly sharks and their relatives. His projects are designed to answer interesting biological questions and often address pressing conservation issues. Dr. Chapman also develops resources to aid in wildlife forensics applications, in particular for monitoring the global shark fin trade.

  • Science Unplugged: Shoeless Jesse John

    Jesse John was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island country situated off the northern edge of South America mainland, and spent his young days barefoot hiking through the woods, climbing on waterfalls and exploring the outdoors. That's where he became interested in geology and how landscapes are formed. Jesse now studies geochemistry at Stony Brook University with the goal of determining how to remove toxins from the environment. 

  • Science Unplugged: Colin West Does Lots of Math

    Colin West does lots of math, or sometimes he makes his laptop do it. Using theoretical physics, he attempts to predict how really, really, really small particles interact with each other. But, why? Co-hosts Peter Chahales and Steven Jaret welcome the curious Colin West, a PhD candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University to Science Unplugged to help viewers understand quantum mechanics.

  • Science On Tap: What Animals Think and Feel

    Carl Safina’s work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals.  He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University.

  • Science Unplugged: Science Communication Power Hour

    Get ready for a "power hour" of science communication. Guest scientists for this show are students from Alda Center Associate Director Christine O'Connell's course, Engaging Key Audiences. They have practiced and will share a "three-minute thesis," a concise and insightful summary of their scientific work, and take questions from the audience.

  • Science Unplugged: Steven Jaret Loves Rocks

    Steven Jaret loves rocks. He gets paid to go out hiking while carrying a giant sledge hammer and searching for space rocks. Awesome... Learn more about Steven Jaret's adventures as a graduate geology student at Stony Brook University. 

  • Science on Tap: Can You Handle the Stress?

    Stony Brook University researcher Lilianne Mujica-Parodi has an unusual way of measuring stress: She asks volunteers to jump out of an airplane. In her conversation with Science on Tap host and former 60 Minutes producer Steven Reiner, Dr. Mujica-Parodi explains why the emotional stress experienced by novice skydivers helps her understand how the brain’s internal chatter regulates our response to scary situations.

  • Science on Tap: The Science of Big Data

    Steven Skiena is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University. He is a co-founder and the Chief Science Officer of General Sentiment, a social media and news analytics company. His research interests include algorithm design and its applications to biology. Skiena is the author of several popular books in the fields of algorithms, programming, and mathematics.

  • Science Unplugged: The Superhero in the Machine

    Colin West, a doctoral student in Physics & Astronomy at Stony Brook University, explains how quantum physics can help design the next generation of computers, making them so fast and powerful that they'll blow everything we have today out of the water. This is a nontechnical introduction to quantum physics and quantum computers. Colin West is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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