science

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu December 19, 2013

"Sex Itself" By Sarah Richardson

 Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y.

Using methods from history, philosophy, and gender studies of science, Sarah Richardson examines in her new book, Sex Itself, how gender has helped to shape the research practices, questions asked, theories and models, and descriptive language used in sex chromosome research.

Sarah Richardson is assistant professor of the history of science and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University.

The Roundtable
10:41 am
Tue November 5, 2013

National Geographic's "The Science of Everything"

From refrigerators to roller-coasters, from neon signs to digital music - everywhere you turn the things around you help explain the fundamentals of science. National Geographic’s new book, The Science of Everything reveals the science behind virtually everything.

David Pogue is the former New York Times tech columnist (he's now with Yahoo) has written the foreword to the book and we welcome him to the show.

New England News
5:36 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces Manufacturing Investments in Berkshires

Letter press operator Tim Bizony, on right, shows Governor Deval Patrick some of the work being done at Crane Stationary in North Adams.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a cabinet meeting and made stops in the western part of the state today.

Tim Bizony is a letter press operator and one of the workers Governor Patrick spoke with at the Crane & Company Stationary site in North Adams.

“He was genuinely interested in what I do,” Bizony said. “He was fascinated by the machine. He asked a lot of questions and I was glad I was able to answer them for him.”

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Thu September 19, 2013

MCLA Center for Science and Innovation

      The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is boasting a brand new science center, the MCLA Center for Science and Innovation, on its campus in North Adams. The four-story, 65,000 square foot building cost more than $30 million, taking just about a year to build. The center will be the home of the chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, and environmental studies departments.

A grand opening celebration will take place early next month. In the meantime, we celebrate today with the woman behind this project for the last several years - Mary Grant, the 11th president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the first alumna of the College to serve as its president.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu September 19, 2013

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Estuary Program

Silver eel

  On one day, Thursday Oct 10th, 3 thousand students, educators, and volunteers will visit 65 sites along the Hudson from New York Harbor to the mouth of the Mohawk.

It is being called “A Day In the Life of Hudson River.” 

  Hudson River Estuary Coordinator, Fran Dunwell and Hudson River Science Educator, Chris Bowser from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Estuary Program are here to tell us this morning about how this helps people get a feel for the diversity and dynamic nature of the Hudson River system.

The Roundtable
11:40 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Dinosaurs At miSci And Dudley Observatory

Credit Cindy Schultz / Times Union

    The word of the hour is Dinosaur. We mention it as two area organizations are focusing on the diverse group of animals of the clade Dinosauria.

miSci has an exhibit, Dinosaurs!, which contains animatronic dinosaurs on display through September 29th. The Dudley Observatory is offering one of their Skywatch Lectures: Death of the Dinosaurs on September 25, 2013.

This morning, we welcome - William “Mac” Sudduth, miSci Executive Director and John Delano, Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture Series Lecturer - Distinguished Teaching Professor; Collins Fellow; Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Director, New York Center for Astrobiology at the University at Albany.

New England News
1:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

MCLA Boasts New Science Center on First Day of Classes

MCLA's new science center's roof has solar panels, plant beds, and a wind turbine will also be added.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

With college students across the country back on campus, those at a western Massachusetts school are heading into brand new classrooms.

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Hudson Valley News
10:26 am
Sat August 31, 2013

HV College Receives NSF Funding To Train Teachers In STEM

Credit Colleen Lane, flickr

A college in the Hudson Valley is the recipient of more than $1.4 million in funding for a scholarship program for prospective math and science teachers.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Sciences the Focus for Upcoming 3rd Thursday

The Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network helped plan the upcoming 3rd Thursday events that will showcase local efforts in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Credit Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network

Pittsfield’s upcoming 3rd Thursday will showcase the best of Berkshire County’s science and technology initiatives.

“There’s going to be robots, rockets, rocket launchers, an air cannon, and one of my personal favorites, the Mentos and soda-pop experiment," said the city’s Cultural Development Director Megan Whilden.

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Vox Pop
2:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Vox Pop : Science Forum : 7/25/13

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts, Andrea A. Worthington, Dr. Nancy Slack, and Dr. Ken Welles, to answer your science questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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