Episode 82 – Dr. Vyom Sharma

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Melbourne, Australia based magician and physician Dr. Vyom Sharma is in the Prism Studio for a fascinating discussion about the intersection of skepticism and magic. Dr. Sharma is a Family Medicine physician who has won numerous awards in the magic realm, including (with his troupe Gentlemen of Deceit) appearances on Australia’s Got Talent, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Check him out on YouTube, Facebook, and on Twitter (@drvyom)

The Prism Podcast – Episode 80

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Dr. Indre Viskontas is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco and Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training. Professor Viskontas received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Specialist in Psychology and a minor in French Literature at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She also holds a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She completed her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied the neural basis of memory and reasoning. Her post-doctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco explored the paradoxical facilitation of creativity in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She began her musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and sang in her first professional opera production when she was eleven.

She is the host of the Inquiring Minds Podcast as well as her latest project, Cadence Podcast.

Prism Podcast – Episode 79

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Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she’s now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she’s a freelance health communication professional and by night she’s the founder and editor-in-chief of TheScientificParent.org.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 78

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Byron Whyte MD, FAAP joins Clay and Grant to discuss the issue of race in the practice of medicine. Why are minorities still significantly under-represented in medicine and dentistry? Does racism exist in the medical school selection process?

The discussion of race can be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that needs to be held.

Clay also discusses his SBM article about acupuncture for colic in infants.

Dr Whyte is a practicing pediatrician in Urgent Care in Virginia. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at Howard University and his pediatric residency at Dartmouth. Follow Byron on Twitter: @UrbaneDoc4Kids

Clay’s SBM article: https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/acupuncture-for-infant-colic-part-2-acupuncture-boogaloo/