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Differing Interpretations of Difficulty – Neil Lewis, Jr.

In episode 29 Neil Lewis, Jr. from Cornell University talks with us about about his research into what differentiates students who experience difficulty in college as signaling its importa

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Debunking Pterosaurs Flight with Armita Manafzadeh

Righting a 200 year old mistake: Armita Manafzadeh, from Brown University, talks with us about how her simulations of pterosaurs' range-of-motion demonstrate that the ancient reptiles almo...

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Prehistoric Origins of Birds with Bhart-Anjan Bhullar

What can prehistory tell us about the origins of modern birds? Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, from Yale University, talks with us about how the discovery of a 95 million year old Ichthyornis fossil ......

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Retaining LGBQ Undergraduates in STEM with Bryce Hughes

In celebration of LGBTSTEMDay, we talk with Bryce Hughes of Montana State University about his research into the factors that influence the retention of LGBQ students in STEM programs. His......

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Multiple Work Identities with Brianna Caza, Sherry Moss & Heather Vough

Do people who willingly hold down multiple careers at the same time struggle like the rest of us to find authenticity in their work? Brianna Caza, Sherry Moss & Heather Vough (of the U...

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Structural Racism & Police Shootings with Anita Knopov

Might police shootings of unarmed African Americans have anything to do with state-level structural racism? Anita Knopov from Boston University joins us to talk about her study "The Relati...

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Uncovering Uncertain Identities with David Kernot

We thought this study was ultimately about William Shakespeare, and were wrong. David Kernot from Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group, currently studying at the Australian Nat...

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Linguistic Artifacts in Creole with Nicole Creanza

What might migration patterns tell us about how modern languages came about? Vanderbilt University's Nicole Creanza talks with us about her research into how migration during the colonial ...

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Disobeying Unjust Authority with Phil Zimbardo

What leads people to stand up against authoritarianism?  Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus from Stanford University and lead investigator on the Stanford Prison Experiment, talks with us...

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How Misinformation Spreads Online with Soroush Vosoughi

Soroush Vosoughi from MIT's Laboratory for Social Machines and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center talks with us about his research into how false spreads differently than true news in Twitter....

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Doug Leigh

Doug Leigh, Ph.D., is a Professor with Pepperdine University. His research interests are psychometrics, machine learning, and science communication.
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Ryan Watkins

Ryan Watkins, Ph.D., is a Professor at George Washington University. His research interests are instructional design, needs assessments, and human-machine expertise.