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.
Prescribed fire and music education
On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge: A mild winter allows for an early prescribed fire. We’ll speak with acclaimed jazz trumpeter and music educator Sean Jones. And a push by public colleges and universities in New York aims to get more students involved in producing local news.
Hamilton College’s next president and climate science in the classroom
On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge: Hamilton College has named its next president. We’ll speak with Steven Tepper, who is currently serving as a dean at Arizona State University.
And a new summer program aimed at helping middle and high school teachers incorporate lessons on ecology and climate change into their curriculums.
Miriam Piilonen: Theorizing Music Evolution
The theories of 19th Century evolutionists Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer changed how scientists view the world.
But one topic that seemed to stump both great thinkers was music. We’ll speak with music theorist and author Miriam Piilonen about her book, which lends a fresh eye to old ideas about music and evolution.
Campus speech and indigenous agriculture
Following the resignation of former president Claudine Gay, Harvard University is at the center of the debate over free speech on college campuses. On this week's episode of The Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll speak with a member of a faculty organization defending the rights of students to protest violence against Palestinians. And we’ll speak with the supervisor of the Onondaga Nation Farm.
Fermentation science and evolving teacher education
Teaching AI and record heat
On this episode of The Best of Our Knowledge: Universities across New York state studying AI are banding together to unlock the potential of the technology to benefit public good. We’ll speak with a researcher who has been working to develop classroom curricula surrounding the rapidly advancing technology.
And 2023 was the warmest year on record. We’ll learn more from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.