The Prism Podcast – Episode 70

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Our longest podcast yet examines the academic world of Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Larry Rodgers and and Prism alum Dr. Alan Levinovitz about what Trigger Warnings are, and how universities and professors are dealing with the changing climate surrounding them.

Also, we chat with Dr. Saul Hymes about the current status of the Zika virus outbreak.

Larry Rodgers is Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Science, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and professor of English at OSU.Dean Rodgers received his PhD in English with a minor in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989). He also holds a BA in English from the University of Oklahoma (1982) and an MA in English from the University of Iowa (1984).

Prior to joining OSU, he served on the faculty of Kansas State University for nineteen years. He was head of English from 1995-2002 and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2002-2008.He is a well-known scholar of multicultural and regional American literature. He has written and edited half a dozen books and numerous articles on twentieth-century American writers as wide ranging as William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Edna Ferber and Booth Tarkington.

His most recent book is America’s Folklorist: Benjamin A. Botkin and American Culture (Oklahoma, 2010). Much of his research has centered around the connection between culture and place, and he’s been especially interested in the ways that American geography defines American identity, especially as writers and artists imagine the importance of place in the context of their work.

Alan Levinovitz is assistant professor of religion at James Madison University. His academic work focuses on classical Chinese thought, the philosophy of play, and the intersection of religion and medicine. As an undergraduate he studied philosophy and religion at Stanford, and he received his PhD in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Alan’s writing has appeared in Slate, Wired, The LA Review of Books, The Believer, and The Millions, as well as academic journals.

Alan was on episode 44 of The Prism Podcast, where we discussed his book The Gluten Lie.

As a board-certified pediatric infectious disease physician, Saul Hymes has experience in all matters relating to infections and their treatment and prevention in children. He has particular expertise, and his research activities center around: antibiotic resistance and the appropriate use of antimicrobials (antibiotic stewardship) in both humans and in animal agriculture; tick-borne infections; and the role of social media in the dissemination of health information, particularly around Lyme disease, vaccines, and antibiotics.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 69

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In this episode, Clay and Grant sit down with renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann to discuss his new book The Madhouse Effect. Our conversation covers not only the book, but how do we engage with those with differing viewpoints? How do we find common ground?

Dr. Michael E. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He made Bloomberg News’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he was named Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website

Dr. Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published three books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, and most recently, The Madhouse Effect with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.

The Prism Podcast – Episode 68

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In this episode, Clay has his worldview shattered.

Bronwen Dickey is the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016) and a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek,Outside, Slate, Garden & Gun, Best American Travel Writing, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, Sport Diver, World Hum, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009, she was awarded a first-place Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and a MacDowell Colony residency grant. She lives in North Carolina.

Also, This Week in Science Based Medicine with Dr. Harriet Hall.

And last, we grovel for your Ockham Award votes. Vote for us, please!!

The Prism Podcast – Episode 67

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Dr. Amy Tuteur is an obstetrician gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1979 and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984. Dr. Tuteur is a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She left the practice of medicine to raise her four children. Her book, Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting (HarperCollins) is available for purchase.

In this episode, Clay and Grant discuss “Natural Parenting” with Dr. Tuteur, including attachment parenting, breastfeeding, “natural” childbirth, and much more.

Also, we feature Dr. David Gorski in our This Week in Science Based Medicine segment, where we have a discourse on the differences between Science Based Medicine and Evidence Based Medicine.

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.