The Prism Podcast – Episode 66

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In this episode, Clay and Grant discuss Science Based Pharmacy with Scott Gavura (see bio below). Also, This Week in Science Based Medicine featuring Jann Bellamy, the Word of the Day, and more.

Scott Gavura, BScPhm, MBA, RPh, is passionate about improving the way drugs are used. A pharmacist by background, Scott works in the Ontario cancer system, managing and optimizing the use of very expensive cancer therapies. He has a professional interest is improving the cost-effective use of drugs at the population level. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed a Accredited Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program. His professional background includes pharmacy work in community and hospital settings. Scott has also held senior roles with government and professional associations, in roles focused primarily on evaluating new drugs, which is where his personal interest in critical appraisal and pharmacoeconomics was stoked. Scott is a registered pharmacist in Ontario.

Due to his frustration with the pharmacy profession’s growing embrace of pseudoscientific products and practices, and inspired by the work of the Science-Based Medicine team, Scott started the Science-Based Pharmacy blog in 2009 to scrutinize pharmacy practices, and to begin a discussion within the profession about its obligations as a health profession.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 65

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Steven Tave is the Acting Director of the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. He was previously the Acting Director of the Office of Unapproved New Drugs and Labeling Compliance in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Steve practiced law for almost 15 years, both as a litigator in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel and in the private sector. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

On this episode, Clay, Grant, and Jason discuss DSHEA, how the FDA regulates supplements and other non-prescription products, and the challenges he faces.

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/
Cute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj8FK63nFio
Mel Gibson commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV2olDA0w8U

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