Welcome to a special edition of How on Earth, done in conjunction with the Conference on World Affairs, which is being held this week on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus. Our two guests are participants in the Conference on World Affairs. This first part of the show is Conference Panel 2051 titled “Pseudoscience”, with guest Seth Shostak. Dr. Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California. Our second guest is Larry Schweiger is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, the largest conservation organization in the U.S. We talk with him about conservation and environmental policy.
Hosts: Joel Parker and Susan Moran Producer and Engineer: Joel Parker
Our live guests are consultant Dr. Robert Cohen and CU scientist Kristen Averyt. Dr. Cohen discusses ocean thermal energy — a method to harvest some of the almost limitless solar energy captured daily by the oceans. Dr. Averyt surveys the future of the Intermountain West as we increase temperature and put increasing population pressure on a dwindling water supply.
Producer: Tom McKinnon Co-hosts: Tom McKinnon and Susan Moran Engineer: Breanna Draxler Headlines: Ted Burnham and Breanna Draxler
This week we’ll feature CU Medical School Immunologist John Cohen, who has just received the American Association for the Advancement of Science top award for promoting public understanding of Science. In addition to teaching at the Medical School, Cohen is the founder of Mini Med and the lead “disorganizer” of the Denver Cafe Sci. We’ll also talk with Emory University researcher Zixu Mao about a new link between Parkinson’s disease and the health of the mitochondria within a cell, and we’ll hear from BBC Science in Action about some top choices in Europe for new Astronomy pursuits.
Our two features for this week’s show: Susan Moran interviewed Joel Smith, principal at Stratus Consulting in Boulder, who has been helping the city adapt to climate change—in particular, by smartly managing its water supply; and Tom Yulsman interviewed John Troeltzsch, the Kepler mission program manager for Boulder-based Ball Aerospace, which built one of the key instruments for the mission, as well as the spacecraft itself.