Award-winning actor and director Alan Aldahas a passion for science, and more specifically, how to help scientists better communicate with students and the public of all ages. He founded the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University for this reason, and created a yearly contest where scientists are asked to explain a concept so that an 11 year old can understand it. The Flame Challenge is judged by thousands of 11 year olds, and this year’s topic is What is Time? Alan Alda spent a few minutes on the phone with Dean Regas talking about how his love of science began, and his goals for this contest, in this month’s Looking Up.
Leah Stewart teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati and is a successful novelist with her books “Husband and Wife,” and “The Myth of You and Me” receiving critical acclaim. Her newest book, “The History of Us,” based here in Cincinnati, is just out and she joins Mark Perzel to discuss her writing and her newest novel.
Dr. Joshua Miller from theUniversity of Cincinnati’s Department of Geology joins Thane Maynard to discuss his work collecting and researching fossils and other historical fragments to better understand the population and geographic movements of earlier cultures. He has traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AK), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Denali National Park (AK), Isle Royale National Park (MI), the Wind River Mountains (WY), and Amboseli National Park (Kenya) to seek out information on the movements and ecological challenges faced by early man.
The Federal Aviation Administration has started writing licensing and safety regulations regarding using unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s) for alternate purposes, such as newsgathering, by 2015. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how these drones may eliminate the need for TV news helicopters.
I know many of us have gone to a movie simply because of the “over-hype” where the end product was nowhere nearly as good as the sales job. I have just discovered another arena of disappointment: “over-expectation.” As a big fan of westerns and of the films of Quentin Tarantino, I have awaited Django Unchained as if it were the star on top of the Christmas tree. Imagine my surprise when the film he delivered did not live up to what I envisioned he could deliver. And I’m not saying it’s a bad film, but it has enough little things wrong with it to chalk it up as a disappointment.