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The Layman with Jon Gabrus
46 minutes | Jun 13, 2017
S02E06: Bonus - Drug Policy with Rosalie Liccardo Pacula
We visit RAND, the nonpartisan think tank that helps shape global policy decisions, to convince them to just legalize it! We have a frank and thought provoking conversation with Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, senior economist and Director of the Bing Center for Health Economics and RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center. She takes the rare centrist position of actually wanting to do research and let the facts dictate whether weed should be legal or not.
38 minutes | May 2, 2017
S02E05: How to Make a Molecule with Hosea Nelson, UCLA
Hosea Nelson is living proof that it is never too late to learn something new! Dr. Nelson is a high school dropout who worked construction until he found out he enjoyed science. Fast forward to present day, and he has a Ph.D. and his own chemistry lab at UCLA! His work is in the field of total molecular synthesis, or learning how to create molecules from scratch. This has incredible potential in many industries, but especially in health sciences. We discuss the potential of a future where molecules can by synthesized, and medicine and supplements can be created specifically for your unique body chemistry. He has a uniquely laid back approach to science. Hey, Hosea! Please invite us to the next Tequila Friday!
43 minutes | May 2, 2017
S02E04: Science Communication with Professor Dave
We sit down with Dave Farina, AKA Professor Dave, science communicator, educator, and aspiring world's greatest science generalist. He has parlayed his experience teaching college level science and tutoring individuals to a successful YouTube channel, helping explain science concepts to grateful students across the world (sort of like this show, but with a guy who knows what he's talking about). We test how great of a generalist he is by discussing chemistry, biology, social issues, science fiction, and pop culture. He comes out on top, as a charismatic instructor with a thirst for information.
42 minutes | May 2, 2017
S02E03: Helping Scientists Make Money with Anthony DeBenedetti
Ever seen House of Lies, the show with Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell where business consultants are hired to solve problems at struggling companies? That's what our guest, Anthony DeBenedetti does, but with a science twist. His job is finding creative ways for life science companies to make more money! His science background and natural penchant for business make him the perfect guy to help scientists find funding for their research or monetize the work that they've already done. Work smarter, not harder!
41 minutes | May 2, 2017
S02E02: Regenerative Medicine with Sara Mills
Sara Mills is a brilliant scientist working on the cutting edge of regenerative medicine. She works at Dark Horse Consulting, which specializes in cell and gene therapy. They're using stem cells and viruses to restore function in sick and injured people! This is way beyond growing ears on rats, people. Sara Mills walks us through the controversies that have held back the field, and shares how education on the topic usually puts those concerns to rest. We discuss the future of regenerative medicine, which includes helping quadriplegics walk again and 3D printing organs, which are both not too far off.
44 minutes | May 2, 2017
S02E01: The World of Bugs with Michael Wall, Curator of Entomology at SDNHM
Michael Wall isn't just Vice President of Research and Public Programs for the San Diego Natural History Museum, he's also the Curator of Entomology. That means when someone in Southern California has a bug question, he's probably getting called. Dr. Wall gave us a behind the scenes tour of his research facilities and showed off an incredible preserved menagerie of insects and reptiles. We were simultaneously thrilled and creeped out while walking through the world's largest preserved rattlesnake collection. Dr. Wall also showed us a spectrum of insects arranged by how much it hurts when they sting, called the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. Join us backstage at the San Diego Natural History Museum, where they keep the stuff that's too good to show the public!
42 minutes | Jun 14, 2016
S01E03: Money on My Mind with Cary Frydman
Cary Frydman is an assistant professor of Finance and Business Economics at USC, focused on the relationship between finance and our brains, and Jon has some important questions for him. Questions such as - “Why do I blow $100 at the casino without a second thought, but then get angry when they charge me $8 for a beer at the bar?” “Can money buy happiness?” “What is it exactly that you do again?” In this funny and illuminating conversation, Cary reveals some of the secrets of the brain that drive our behavior with money.
43 minutes | Jun 7, 2016
S01E02: The Final Frontier with Farah Alibay of the Jet Propulsion Lab
Farah Alibay is literally a rocket scientist. Gabrus joins her for a tour of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and learns about some of the awesome projects that she and others are working on right now to explore the outer reaches of space. He asks the difficult questions: “Are we alone in the universe?” “What’s your favorite moon?” “Did you enjoy the movie ‘The Martian?’” Go behind the scenes of our space program in this funny and mind-blowing journey through our universe.
35 minutes | May 31, 2016
S01E01: The Scientific Method at Home with Keith Luhrs and Lauren Billings Luhrs
Keith Luhrs and Lauren Billings Luhrs are a husband-and-wife science team. But the science doesn’t stay at the lab. Lauren has used that same discipline to become a bestselling romance author, Keith has applied it to his incredible home brewing operation, and they both have applied it to raising their children. In this funny and freewheeling conversation, our host explores whether this same method can make his creative life more disciplined and productive, too!
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