Topic: Science and Technology (general)
Harnessing engineering innovation and technology to further social causes is one path to social enterprise. In this university podcast, sponsored by Stanford's Center for Social Innovation, former rocket scientist Jim Fruchterman talks about how he created Benetech, an organization that uses technology innovation and business expertise to solve unmet social needs. He discusses how he has leveraged the intellectual capital and resources of Silicon Valley to create solutions that are truly life changing.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks with Duke University professor, Henry Petroski, about his new book, The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems, where he explores science and engineering and how they must work together to address our world's most pressing issues.
Dr. Moira Gunn connects with author and BioIssue correspondent, David Duncan about the big business of pharmaceuticals.
How can a social enterprise save the lives of young people? In this audio lecture sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation, Steve Cole talks about the Re-Mission video game, a project that inspires young people to take their pills after their cancer has been put into remission. The game was the first product of HopeLab, an organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of young people with chronic illness.
Dr. Moria Gunn talks with Dr. Tom Shepherd, CEO of Scottish firm, CXR Biosciences, about their work adding select genetic switches to lab mice.
Dr. Moria Gunn learns about the uses for chemical genomics from Dr. Greg Roth, Director of Medicinal Chemistry from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research. She then sits down with GeoVax Labs Senior VP, Dr. Harriet Robinson, where they study HIV and AIDS vaccines.
Mapping space and the heavens is harder than anything found on Earth. Chris Spurgeon introduces us to the measurement tools for tracking the moving objects as they march across the sky. From major celestial objects as close as our Moon to the far out reaches of Jupiter and beyond. The science of space mapping is challenging but endlessly interesting for those curious enough to investigate.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks about Australia's unlikely contribution to the science community and it's development of biofuels with Chief Scientist, Dr. Mary O'Kane.
People are born learners, but our instinct to strive, learn, and grow can be quickly derailed by the kind of praise we receive early in life. Those praised for being "smart" learn that intelligence is a fixed, innate, effortless gift, and they often fail to reach their full potential. Others learn early that effort is the key to life-long learning and go on to exceed our expectations. Those are the findings of social psychologist Carol Dweck's extensive research into the "Fixed Mindset" vs. the "Growth Mindset."
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with author, Jeremy Rifkin, about his research on economics, technology, progress and sustainability, published in his new book, The Empathic Civilization - The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis.