Tech Nation with Moira Gunn
Dr. Moira Gunn is the host of Public Radio's Tech
Nation, where she has conducted over 2,000 interviews with space pioneers
and cyber-novelists, venture capitalists and genetics researchers, teachers
and technophobes. A former NASA scientist and engineer, Dr. Gunn is a
Member of the Board of Directors of the Tech Museum of Innovation and
the Tech Awards' Global Leadership Council, and has served as a member
of the Awards Selection Committee for the Space Technology Hall of Fame.
The first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue
University, she also holds advanced degrees in Computer Science and a
software technical patent. Dr. Gunn is regularly asked to speak on the
Impact of Technology on Society, on the Current and Projected State of
Global Technology Penetration, and on her experience as a Woman in Technology,
Science and Engineering.
Between 2004 and 2012 The Conversations Network published 748 podcast episodes
of Technation. Look for them and more-recent programs on the
Tech Nation website (http://technation.com).
Viruses are everywhere, so how do we identify the ones that are problematic? Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Joseph DeRisi, professor in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, about the promise of an innovative new technology: the virus chip.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin, about the value of the information we get for free from the internet, and that which for scientists is not out there for any price.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo and the inventor of plastics derived from corn, about corn derived biofuels. Also, Dr. Bill Gerwick and his graduate student Cameron Coates talk about producing fuel from algae.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Robert Martensen, author of "A Life Worth Living," about the good and bad of technology in healthcare in general and as we approach the end of life.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks cellulose with Tjerk de Ruiter on a "trade-up" kit for Iowa farmers to cellulosic ethanol, and Thomas Videbaek on a surprising cellulosic ethanol plant in China.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Business Week journalist and author, Steven Baker, about his latest book, "The Numerati." In his book, Baker discusses the impact of digital technology in the world: toll booths, credit cards, and immediate access to information.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Lori Andrews, the director of the Insititude for Science, Law and Technology in Illinois, about the use of DNA in a court of law.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Frank Wilchen, Nobel laureate and professor at MIT, about his latest book, "Lightness of Being," and how the recently activated Large Hadron Collider might confirm or dispel some of his most recent theories.
Gaining weight leads to increased risk of becoming a diabetic. Dr. Moira Gunn asks Dr. Christian Weyer, of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, to explain their new combined treatment for diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Tim Sanders, author of "Saving the World at Work," and asks how to combine doing good, with working.