The Prism Podcast – Episode 64

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Deborah Berebichez is a physicist, TV host and data scientist. She is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – present) where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also appears as an expert on the Travel Chanel, NOVA, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and numerous international media outlets.

Dr. Berebichez’ is currently the Chief Data Scientist at Metis in NY. At Metis she leads the creation and growth of exceptional data science training opportunities. Her responsibilities include ensuring the excellence of Metis’ data science bootcamps, corporate training, professional development as well as online programs. She is an active contributor to the national data science ecosystem through frequent public speaking and presentations on panels at data science conferences.

Her work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TED, DLD, WIRED, Ciudad de las Ideas and others. Her passion is to empower young people to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world. She is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, a winner of the Society of SHPE’s STAR Award and a recipient for Top Latina Tech Blogger by the Association of Latinos in Social Media LATISM.

Dr. Berebichez completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences where she carried out research in the area of acoustic waves. She invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications whereby a cell phone user can communicate with a desired target user in a location far away.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 63

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Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to investigate psychics and alternative medicine, and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

QED: https://qedcon.org/
Good Thinking Society: http://goodthinkingsociety.org/
Merseyside Skeptic Society: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/

The Prism Podcast – Episode 62

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John Horgan, Science Journalist, created quite a stir at NECSS and on the Scientific American blog with his talk and post titled: Dear “Skeptics,” Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More. In it, he accused the skeptical community of being too “tribal” and not as critical of themselves as they are of the pseudoscience they bash.

John Horgan is a science journalist and Director of the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. A former senior writer at Scientific American (1986-1997), he has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Slate and other publications around the world. He writes the “Cross-check” blog for Scientific American and contributes to “Science Faction” on Bloggingheads.tv . He tweets under the tag @​horganism (twitter.com/​Horganism).

Links:
NECSS
John’s SciAm Blog Post
The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Prism Podcast – Episode 61

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Science Based Nutrition. With all the fads and changing trends out there, what are we to believe about what we should and shouldn’t eat? Clay and Grant sit down with Katherine to discuss the current state of nutrition and how the consumer can separate truth from fiction.

Katherine (aka@SmarfDoc) is a graduate student in Nutrition Biochemistry and Epidemiology; her vision is to provide high-quality nutrition science news, opinions, and interactive content for readers and provide a place for nutrition professionals and students to contribute.

On many websites, nutrition science is filtered through the lens of a particular diet outlook or “way of eating” philosophy. At Nutrition Wonk, she covers the science and its context, not promote a specific diet. She welcomes all science lovers and those with a genuine curiosity about their diet.
http://www.thenutritionwonk.com/

Baby Carrots!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDewR2jM138

Direct download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/prismpodcast/Smarf_Final.mp3

The Prism Podcast – Episode 60

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Brennen McKenzie, MA, VMD is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and he works as a small animal veterinarian in private practice in California. He has a special interest in promoting science-based veterinary medicine and is currently President-Elect of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Association. He has published articles on evidence-based medicine in veterinary science journals, and he also writes about both science-based and “alternative” veterinary medicine as the SkeptVet.

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, Dr. McKenzie completed a Master’s Degree in animal behavior, studying captive chimpanzees and working as a specialist in environmental enrichment for captive primates.

Also, Dr. Clay Jones is introduced as the new co-host of the Prism!

Chiropractic adjustment of a giraffe.

Chiropractic adjustment of a ferret.

Chiropractic adjustment of a horse.

Acupuncture on a dog.