Created with Sketch.
76 minutes | a year ago
Gun Violence in America
If ever there was an issue where there is more heat than light, it’s gun violence in the United States. Emotion is great, but it should fuel our desire to get the data right, and draw evidence-based conclusions. On the other hand, if no one is convinced by more or better data, how should we use it? How precise do you really need to be convinced there's a problem? Ben Zalisko is on the sound board for this episode, but can't help pouncing on Asa's asteroid chatter. Sit down, Ben... PLEASE rate/review/follow and contact us on twitter (@beltwayscience) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Participants: Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Asa Rubin, @asarubin2 Dr. Sujata Emani, @SassySujE Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff NPR story about the Department of Education’s faulty data: https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/08/27/640323347/the-school-shootings-that-werent Secret Service “Mass Attack” report: https://www.secretservice.gov/forms/USSS_NTAC-Mass_Attacks_in_Public_Spaces-2017.pdf Gun Violence Archive https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/charts-and-maps Gun Violence Statistics - National Institutes of Justice https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/pages/welcome.aspx American Psychological Association Report on Gun Violence https://www.apa.org/pubs/info/reports/gun-violence-prevention 2009 NIJ Report on School Shootings https://www.nij.gov/journals/262/pages/critical-incidents-in-schools.aspx National Criminal Justice Reference Service Report (2018) https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2018/info_flyers/fact_sheets/2018NCVRW_MassCasualty_508_QC.pdf Pub Chatter: Info about Ben’s NASA budget story https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/6/7/18656865/trump-moon-mars-tweet-artemis-whaaa Asa’s asteroid chatter: https://www.livescience.com/65703-asteroid-psyche-probe-iron-mission.html Sujata’s chatter about the first South-Asian American to preside over the House: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/446898-pramila-jayapal-becomes-first-south-asian-american-woman-to-preside-over-house Laura’s arctic chatter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/science/arctic-sea-ice-expedition-to-study-climate-change/?utm_term=.f32897d4a9bb&noredirect=on
65 minutes | a year ago
Artificial Intelligence is a futuristic fantasy that's been around for decades. It is a banal technology with extraordinary results. It will eliminate and create jobs... probably, maybe, definitely not really. For chatter, mother nature is viscous, but you can always escape to a McDonalds embassy. BenZ can't resist talking T Rex. Ben Isaacoff's take on the AI national strategy: http://spie.org/news/national-strategy-for-ai?SSO=1 Check out this old video of Ben Zalisko talking about Sue at the Field Museum: https://youtu.be/WhqBXSWuNr8 Participants: Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff Dr. Ben Zalisko, @benzalisko Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Asa Rubin, @asarubin2
67 minutes | 2 years ago
Securing Genetic Information
Genetic sequencing is an amazing tool to inform medical decisions and tell us how many Neanderthals are in our family tree, but how secure in that data? How could access to your genetic information be used against you, and what are the risks of infringement on your genetic privacy? Sujata, Ben Z, Laura, and Asa discuss how how much you should be worried about access to your genetic information and the policy implications. Subscribe, review, and contact us with feedback: @beltwayscience Facebook.com/BeltwayScience email@example.com Genetic Security Overview: https://www.wired.com/story/the-us-urgently-needs-new-genetic-privacy-laws/ EEOC Genetic Discrimination: https://www1.eeoc.gov//laws/types/genetic.cfm?renderforprint=1 Future of Privacy Forum (‘Best practices’ article referenced in the pod): https://fpf.org/2018/07/31/privacy-best-practices-for-consumer-genetic-testing-services/ Dr. Laura Van Berkel (@Laura_VanBerkel) chatted about the Women’s Voting Rights Exhibit at the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/women-s-voting-rights-exhibit-opens Dr. Asa Rubin (@asarubin2) chatted about bilayer graphene: https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-twisted-graphene-became-the-big-thing-in-physics-20190430/ Dr. Ben Zalisko (@benzalisko) chatted about this IL state politics podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/il-informed/id1455535834 Dr. Sujata Emani (@SassySujE) chatted about self-assembling carbohydrates: https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/Video-First-observations-self-assembling/97/i16
68 minutes | 2 years ago
Labor Unions for Scientists
Labor rights for graduate student workers! Ben, Ben, Laura, and guest Matt McCune discuss the need for labor protections for early-career scientists and their quest to form recognized labor unions. We discuss the power imbalances that is imposing a mental health crisis on our next generation of scientists. Not a lot of disagreement on this pod; we get all Woody Guthrie on your ass. As always, we close with pub chatter and bad puns from Ben I. Participants: Dr. Ben Zalisko, @benzalisko Dr. Matt McCune, @Matttuple Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff Links: Subject overview: https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/06/push-graduate-student-unions-signals-deep-structural-shift-academia Mizzou graduate workers union decision: https://www.courts.mo.gov/fv/c/Judgment_FINAL.pdf?l=CT13&di=3176008 Letter that Matt mentioned about evenings and weekend expectations: http://www.chemistry-blog.com/tag/carreira-letter/ Ezra Klein podcast about workism: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/work-as-identity-burnout-as-lifestyle/id1081584611?i=1000436045971 Laura’s book recommendation, “Rain”: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22822881-rain Ben I’s chatter about coffee stockpile: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-coffee/swiss-government-says-coffee-not-essential-stockpiling-to-end-idUSKCN1RM226 Ben Z’s chatter about FAA approval for UAV delivery: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/04/27/google-wing-drone-beats-amazon-faa-approval/3591824002/
61 minutes | 2 years ago
Asa, Laura, Sujata, and Ben discuss the supply and demand drivers of the opioid crisis. Dr. Rubin shares his experience at treatment facilities. We close with Happy Hour Chatter, as always. @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, PhD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Ben's astronaut herpes chatter: https://phys.org/news/2019-03-dormant-viruses-spaceflight.amp?__twitter_impression=true Sujata's chatter about Lilly Singh on Late Night: https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-03-20/indian-canadian-youtube-star-lilly-singh-will-have-her-own-late-night-show-nbc Laura's chatter about fantasy birding: https://deadspin.com/fantasy-birding-is-real-and-its-spectacular-1833374916 Asa's chatter has no link, just bruises.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Open Science, Live At AAAS CON
Live at the AAAS National Convention in DC, where the theme was “Transcending Boundaries”, we discuss open science, a movement to provide free access to scientific publications and increasingly democratize science. What will this do the publishing industry and peer review, and who pays? As always, what is the status of the various policy solutions? As always we end with Pub Chatter and a plea for you to rate/review/subscribe/follow, so do that! Please! @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, PhD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Links: 96 Things Publishers Do: https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2016/02/01/guest-post-kent-anderson-updated-96-things-publishers-do-2016-edition/ NAS report on Open Science: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/brdi/open_science_enterprise/ Ben Z’s heavy India/Pakistan chatter: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/pakistan-army-respond-full-force-india-attacks-190222104912458.html Asa’s Alzheimer’s chatter: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4488989/ https://www.biospace.com/article/a-link-between-gum-disease-and-alzheimer-s-/ Ben I’s chatter about AI spice mixing: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/04/tech/ai-mccormick-seasoning/index.html Sujata’s data day chatter: https://olc.worldbank.org/content/data-day
74 minutes | 2 years ago
FAKE NEWS! "scientists" explain FAKE NEWS tactics to hack our brains... Repetition, tribalism, repitition, memory, repetition... SAD! Many people want to "regulate" social media. No Covfefe! @BeltwayScience on Twitter facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Links: The psychology of believing misinformation: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/5/16410912/illusory-truth-fake-news-las-vegas-google-facebook https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/misinformation-psychological-science-shows-why-it-sticks-and-how-to-fix-it.html What government has done and what has been proposed: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/10/17208322/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-congress-testimony-regulation A white paper from Sen Mark Warner: https://graphics.axios.com/pdf/PlatformPolicyPaper.pdf Ben I's chatter, not a cure for cancer: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinseatonjefferson/2019/01/29/israeli-scientists-say-they-will-have-a-complete-cure-for-cancer-within-a-year/ Asa's chatter about the robotic arm: http://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/4/26/eaau9354 Participants: Host, Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense
71 minutes | 2 years ago
@BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Ben Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, MD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation On this episode, we discuss the different levels of automated driving systems and what a fast-approaching world of self-driving cars could look like. What will this tech disrupt? What are the legal and moral challenges? As always, enjoy the fake ads and happy-hour chatter. Links: Issue overview: https://www.law.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs2351/f/downloads/Stick-Shift-Autonomous-Vehicles-Driving-Jobs-and-the-Future-of-Work.pdf City planning: http://www.transpogroup.com/assets/planning-for-autonomous-mobility.pdf Chris Urmson Ted talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/chris_urmson_how_a_driverless_car_sees_the_road?language=en Sujata's dino chatter: https://www.livescience.com/64348-italian-alps-dinosaur.html Ben Z's feather chatter: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0728-7 Ben I's chatter about space birth: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/space-childbirth-babies/579064/ Laura's chatter about mis-information: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau4586
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Space Debris, the Kessler Effect, and policy options to mitigate how much stuff we put into space, endangering our modern satellite infrastructure. Some highly speculative technologies for cleaning space debris are discussed. As always, stay for pub chatter at the 47:47 mark. @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, MD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Great explainer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS1ibDImAYU&feature=youtu.be Gravity movie intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBFgzvWJSMs Navy dust cloud idea: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-wants-to-thwart-space-debris-by-releasing-more-space-debris-133749344/ Lasers: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2468896717300137 Asa’s chatter about: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41577-018-0103-6?WT.feed_name=subjects_hiv-infections Story Ben Z mentioned about amyloid-beta: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07735-w Ben I’s chatter about macromolecules from Genesis: https://osf.io/yj8xw/ Ben Z’s book recommendation: https://www.amazon.com/Wars-Reconstruction-Violent-Americas-Progressive/dp/1608195732
53 minutes | 2 years ago
Should we use genetic engineering techniques to eradicate disease-carrying mosquito species in the wild? How do we weigh the moral necessity to cure disease with the risk of unpredictable, permanent damage to ecosystems? Participants: Dr. Ben Zalisko, Executive Producer (@benzalisko) Dr. Laura Van Berkel Dr. Asa Rubin (@asarubin2) Chatter Links: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mars-reconnaissance-orbiter-glitch-liquid-water https://twitter.com/i/moments/1067106086266769409 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07485-9 Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher! Email us at BeltwayScience@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter @BeltwayScience or find us on Facebook Spread the word!
5 minutes | 2 years ago
Introduction Beltway Science
“Beltway Science” is a science policy podcast organized by members of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, but it is not an official program of that fellowship. Participants speak for no one but themselves. This podcast features scientists, fresh from the lab, who have decided to take a sharp turn into the DC policy world. They’ll bring their unique perspective, and we invite you to learn along with them as they discuss a different science and/or policy issue every episode. This episode features Dr. Ben Zalisko, Executive Producer (@benzalisko) Dr. Laura Van Berkel Dr. Karna Desai Dr. Sujata Emani (@sassySujE) Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher! Email us at BeltwayScience@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter @BeltwayScience or find us on Facebook Spread the word!
Terms of Service
© Stitcher 2020