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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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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.

Sciences the Focus for Upcoming 3rd Thursday

Aug 14, 2013
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.

Vox Pop : Science Forum : 7/25/13

Jul 25, 2013

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.

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to answer your science questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

SUNY Albany

A cure for cancer - it could well be the most invigorating , but frustrating goal for medical research, but the work at a lab in Albany may help to end the scourge of cancer one day.

Jane Goodall

May 3, 2013

    As a young woman, Jane Goodall was best known for her groundbreaking fieldwork with the chimpanzees of Gombe, Africa. Goodall's work has always been controversial, mostly because she broke the mold of research scientist by developing meaningful relationships with her "specimens" and honoring their lives as she would other humans.

  Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked, follows the twists and turns of Pollan’s education in the kitchen. Organizing his journey around the four classical elements —fire, water, air, and earth—Pollan apprentices himself to a series of culinary experts to discover how these elements can transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.

The Symposium Is About Hudson River Science

Apr 24, 2013

There’s a symposium Wednesday in New York on the state of Hudson River Science.

    For years, people have been asking Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, the brash, outspoken, and fiercely loyal eldest brother in the Emanuel clan, the same question: What did your mom put in the cereal? Middle brother Rahm is the mayor of Chicago, erstwhile White House chief of staff, and one of the most colorful figures in American politics. Youngest brother Ari is a Hollywood super-agent. And Zeke himself is one of the world’s leading bioethicists and oncologists, and a former special advisor for health policy in the Obama administration.

In the new memoir, Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, Zeke tells his family's story.

Collaboration is the focus of a two-day National Academy of Sciences symposium at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, and nano-technology is at the center of the discussion because of the work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, the College of Nano-Scale Science and Engineering in Albany and Global Foundries in Malta, Saratoga County.

Working together in the nano field is vital according to professor Jonathan Dordick, vice president of research at RPI. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

    Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage.

As she does in her blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis, and humor to reveal just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Call it "Sexonomics."

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to answer your science questions. On today's show:

Dr. Barbara Brabetz is associate professor of biochemistry in the department of natural sciences at the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Dr. Nancy Slack is emeritus professor of biology and history of science of the Sage Colleges.

A physicist, Dr. Ken Welles, is retired following a 33 plus year career at the GE Global Research Center.

  miSci in Schenectady, New York has a new exhibit entitled, Butterflies – it’s an indoor butterfly house and will be open through April 7.

Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center is releasing a new children’s book entitled Mister Karner Blue Book – about the Karner Blue Butterfly – they will have a release party for the book tomorrow. The book is illustrated by the students of Farnsworth Middle School and written by Natasha Permaul.

Here to tell us more about the butterfly saturation of the region are Mac Sudduth, Ph.D., miSci Executive Director, Jeffrey Folmer, Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Director, and Neil Gifford, Conservation Director for the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission.

According to Daniel Pink, whether we're entrepreneurs persuading funders, employees pitching colleagues, or parents and teachers cajoling kids, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now, as he explains in his new book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

  Caleb Carr is the critically acclaimed author of The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Lessons of Terror, and The Italian Secretary. He has taught military history at Bard College, and worked extensively in film, television, and the theater.

    The new book, The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does, isolates the major turning points of adult life, looking to both achievements and failures to reveal that our misconceptions about the impact of such events is perhaps the greatest threat to our long-term well-being.

In his last book, Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human anatomy—our hands, our jaws—and the structures in the fish that first took over land 375 million years ago.

Now, he takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we are the way we are in his new book, The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People. Starting once again with fossils, Shubin turns his gaze skyward. He shows how the entirety of the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies.

How does love begin? How can two strangers come to the conclusion that it would not only be pleasant to share their lives, but that they must share them?

We spend roughly a third of our lives asleep, but know very little about what happens once we shut our eyes and drift off. David Randall has had trouble sleeping for most of his life. One particularly bad night inspired him to learn everything he could about the process.

Randall was inspired to embark on a quest to understand the science of sleep. He has since been diagnosed with non-REM arousal parasomnia, a disruptive sleep disorder that can cause night terrors and sleepwalking.

On this edition of Vox Pop we gather our panel of experts to respond to your science-related questions and comments, for a program we like to call the Science Forum. On today’s show: Barbara Brabetz, Ken Welles, and George Shaw. WAMC’s Patrick Donges hosts.

William Bryant Logan -part of this weekend’s Rensselaerville Festival of Writers- has written about oak and dirt and now he has a new book, out next month, about the air. It is entitled: Air: The Restless Shaper of the World.

We welcome Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, Stuart Firestein, and speak with him about his book, Ignorance: How It Drives Science.

Story Musgrave

May 10, 2012

Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.