Every day, faculty members at schools and universities throughout the world are making discoveries that shape our ways of thinking and redefine our understanding of today's knowledge-driven society. Since 1990, The Best of Our Knowledge has highlighted breakthroughs across disciplines and across the globe, putting you in touch with the men and women at the forefront of their fields. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.
#1627: What's the good word? | The Best Of Our Knowledge
Back in February, NASA successfully landed the Perseverance rover on Mars. The pictures it transmitted back to Earth of the red planet were spectacular, and captured the imagination of millions. It also gave the Cambridge Dictionary its first hint on what this year’s word of the year would be.
Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear why the Cambridge Dictionary made perseverance the 2021 word of the year.
Then, sustainability is one of the many criteria that students and parents use when choosing a college. And the Princeton Review has got a guide for that. Their 12th annual guide to green colleges was released last month, and has listings for 420 schools in the US and Canada, as well as a few in some far off places around the globe. We’ll talk to the editor in chief of the Princeton Review about this unique guide.
Finally, we’ll spend an Academic Minute with sustainably artistic oysters.
Photo courtesy of Cambridge Dictionary.
#1626: "The Atlas of a Changing Climate" | The Best of Our Knowledge
The world is a pretty big place and it’s the size of the planet that can sometimes make climate change a difficult concept for a lot of people to wrap their heads around. A new book is trying to knock that concept down to size. It’s called “The Atlas of a Changing Climate,” and it’s beautifully illustrated with contemporary and historic maps and images from around the world. It’s the work of Brian Buma. Dr. Buma is an assistant professor of Quantitative Biology at the University of Colorado; and an affiliate professor at the University of Alaska. His explorations and wanderings around the globe have been featured in National Geographic. We’ll also spend an Academic Minute with life in a warming sea.
#1625: What's wrong with the PhD | The Best of Our Knowledge
Every year students around the country work hard, sacrifice, and study to earn their PhD. But is earning that ultimate degree worth it? What’s wrong with the PhD?
#1624: Manna Food Pantries and school resource officers team up to help 'hangry' kids | The Best of Our Knowledge
Students in the western Florida Panhandle who get sent to see their school’s resource officer may get more than a meeting. They may get a snack. The School Resource Officer Food Program is the brainchild of Manna Food Pantries, a local food bank in Pensacola.
Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the food bank’s director about the program.
We’ll also find out about two tech schools launching a financial program, find out what a Ph.D. should be earning, and spend an Academic Minute staying warm.
#1623: Paying for College | The Best of Our Knowledge
For most families, paying for college takes a ton of planning, saving, and understanding terms you’ve never heard before, or will ever hear again.
In a recent survey by The Princeton Review, 82% of students said financial aid would be “very” or “extremely” necessary to pay for college, and nearly all respondents, a whopping 98%, said they would need some form of aid to fund the cost of the degree. The good news is that yes, there are grants and scholarships, and loans out there to help. The bad news is finding them can be quite a chore. That’s why we invited Kalman Chany on the show. He is the lead author for an annual guide published by the Princeton review called “Paying for College – Everything you Need to Maximize Financial Aid and Afford College.” Chany is the founder and president of Campus Consultants Inc., a Manhattan-based firm that has guided thousands of parents and students through the financial aid process since 1984. The Best Of Our Knowledge
#1622: Remembering Emmett Till| The Best of Our Knowledge
When talking about the civil rights movement in the south, the name Emmett Till is bound to come up. His murder is widely remembered today as one of the most brutal lynchings ever in the US. But while Till’s death terrorized young African-Americans in Mississippi, it also gave them a rallying cry. That’s the story that Robert H. Mayer tells in his new book “In the Name of Emmett Till: How the Children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle showed us Tomorrow.”
Then, a new survey of more than two thousand teenage military dependents shows that their mental health is suffering. The survey was initiated by two students who also created a group that aims to address feelings of isolation and depression in military kids.
This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Finally, we’ll spend an Academic Minute with a good old-fashioned rivalry.