The Prism Podcast – Episode 51

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“A scientist in a scientifically illiterate nation at a time when we need science the most.”

On this episode of The Prism, we have a conversation with Kevin Folta, who has been under immense scrutiny by anti-GMO activists for an alleged (but unsubstantiated) unethical conflict of interest relationship with Monsanto. He has been the object of many Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and has been the victim of many an internet witch hunt. Despite this, he has stood tall, hiding nothing, and taking his detractors head on, believing that in the end, truth and science will win out.

Dr. Kevin Folta (from the GMO Answers website):

Kevin Folta is a professor in and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He got his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, and he has worked at University of Wisconsin before settling in at University of Florida. Dr. Folta researches the functional genomics of small fruit crops, the plant transformation, the genetic basis of flavors, and studies at photomorphogenesis and flowering. He has also written many publications and edited books, most recently was the 2011 Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Berries. Dr. Folta received the NSF CAREER Award, an HHMI Mentoring Award and was recognized as “University of Florida Foundation Research Professor” in 2010.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 50

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Lydia Segebrecht discusses her upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, the psychological effects and brainwashing techniques endemic within the Witness worldview, how and why she left the religion, and the recent news about systemic child abuse cases which were denied and covered up by the Watchtower organization.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 49

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Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst – TOGETHER!

The Prism Podcast – Episode 48

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Jann J. Bellamy is a Florida attorney and lives in Tallahassee. She is a former law clerk to a federal judge, Florida Assistant Attorney General and long-time partner in a Tallahassee law firm, where she practiced mainly in the civil litigation area.

Jann became interested in so-called “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) when the Florida Legislature tried to establish a chiropractic school within Florida State University in 2005. She joined others in leading opposition to the school, and this “done deal,” which was strongly opposed by the University faculty, was undone by the university system Board of Governors. During this process, Jann became intrigued that scientifically implausible and unproven healthcare claims could be presented as fact to the public, even to the point of being codified into law, and she left the active practice of law in 2006 to form a non-profit to educate Floridians about “alternative” healthcare claims.

Since then, Jann has been a relentless educator and activist. She is one of the founders and Board members of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, dedicated to providing accurate information about CAM and advocating for state and federal laws that incorporate a science-based standard for all health care practitioners. She is also a founding member of the Institute for Science in Medicine. She runs Oppose Naturopathic Licensing!, which tracks attempts by naturopaths to become state licensed health care providers and provides information on why naturopaths should not be licensed. Finally, she gives talks on CAM to medical students, hospital medical staff, the Center for Inquiry-Tallahassee chapter, and more. She has written for Health News Florida, and has blogged regularly for SBM since 2010.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 47

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Latasha Wright received her Ph.D. from NYU Langone Medical Center in cell and molecular biology. She went on to continue her scientific training at Johns Hopkins University and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has co-authored numerous publications and presented her work at international and national conferences. She is an experienced grant writer. She received her training in development at the Park Avenue Armory under the direction of the Manager of Institutional Giving. The BioBus enables her to share her love of science with a new generation of potential scientists. The BioBus creates a setting that fosters innovation and creativity. Students are encouraged to ask questions, formulate hypotheses, and design experiments. Everyday that she spends teaching students about science in this transformative environment helps her remember that science is fun. She loves sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages.