25 episodes

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.

The Best Of Our Knowledge Lucas Willard

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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

    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.

    • 28 min
    Hamilton College’s next president and climate science in the classroom

    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. 

    • 28 min
    Miriam Piilonen: Theorizing Music Evolution

    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.

    • 28 min
    Campus speech and indigenous agriculture

    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.  

    • 28 min
    Fermentation science and evolving teacher education

    Fermentation science and evolving teacher education

    • 28 min
    Teaching AI and record heat

    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.   

    • 28 min

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