Guests: Dr. Jeffery Dangl, John N. Couch Professor of Biology, HHMI/GBMF investigator, Department of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Dr. Sarah Grant, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill Topics: Plant microbiomes, plant immune systems, development of the Arabidopsis thaliana plant model, importance of plant biology, science policy
Guest: Dr. Anne Collins McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, NC State University; director, Learning, Aging and Ergonomics Laboratory (LACELab); co-director, Gains Through Gaming Laboratory Topics: Human factors and ergonomics, cognitive training for seniors, aging farmers, health workers’ perceptions of hygiene safety, video games and aging
Guests: Brian Risk, Geneffects Research, Inc., and Giddings Lab, Boise State University, with fellow musicians Katharine Whalen and Josh Starmer Topics: Bioinformatics, proteogenomics, the ENCODE project, and live music from Risk-Whalen!
Guest: Dr. John Burris, President, Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Russ Campbell, Communications Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Topics: Burroughs Wellcome Fund history, grant-making programs, support for science education, communications
Guest: Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, Co-Director, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University Topics: Brain-machine interfaces, neuroprosthetics, new approach to restoring mobility to Parkinson’s disease patients
Guest: Dr. Charles Perou, member, Lineberger Cancer Center, Professor of genetics and pathology and laboratory medicine, UNC School of Medicine Topics: The Cancer Genome Atlas project, recent landmark Nature publication on breast cancer subtypes
Guest: Dr. Ahmad Hariri, Professor of Psychology and Neurology; Director, Laboratory of NeuroGenetics, Duke University Topics: Imaging genetics, Duke Neurogenetics Study, relationship of genetics, brain chemistry, and behavior
Guest: Dr. Rich Bergl, Curator of Conservation and Research, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC Topics: Research and conservation programs at the North Carolina Zoo – on site, regional, and in Africa (gorillas, elephants, etc.)