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(Peer) Pressure, pushing down on me
"If all of your friends were to jump off of a bridge, would you do it?" Peer pressure can be a powerful social influence, but can this phenomenon be used to help people to better decision-making?
Rachana discusses all of this and more with Mark Orloff, PhD candidate at Virginia Tech!
What's in a name?: from linguistics to botany
Today on Big Lick of Science, we do something a little different and discuss the history of one of the most famous Black scientists, George Washington Carver, who created 105 recipes for the use of peanuts and was an advocate for environmentalism.
Additionally, Paras gets to enjoy one of his passions, linguistics, by highlighting the research into African American Vernacular English (AAVE) by Dr. Lisa Green at UMass Amherst.
Step-by-step: COVID-19 vaccine prep with Dr. X.J. Meng
Rachana virtually sits down with Dr. X.J. Meng, vaccine expert, and professor at Virginia Tech to discuss the ins and outs of vaccine creation. They get into the specifics of the making of the COVID-19 vaccines and answer our listeners' questions.
You are R0 going to believe this episode: Dr. Smyth, virologist, unpacks it all
Our host, Paras, virtually sits down with Dr. Jamie Symth, virologist and cellular communication expert at Virginia Tech to talk about his work, how viruses can ruin everything and how different viruses have been so successful at integrating into our lives and are tightly woven into the human experience.
Microscopic aliens and you: what are viruses and how the Covid-19 pandemic came to be
Today's introduction devels more into viruses, how they cause pandemics, and humanity's tepid history with these microscopic aliens. Rachana and Paras muse and discuss more details about the current COVID-19 pandemic. Wear your mask, folks!
With Dr. Read Montague: Why choose this interview
Computational neuroscience has experienced a super-nova like explosion of growth in recent years. Tune in to hear from Dr. Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Fralin Biomedical Research Insitute, to explore the past, present, and future of this exciting field along with details about his career and the book he authored: Why Choose This Book?: How We Make Decisions.