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Welcome to Curiosity Unplugged, the talk show where Illinois Tech faculty members leave no topic unexplored, no challenge unconsidered, and no query unanswered. Each month join Chris White, physics professor and vice provost for academic affairs, and Architecture Assistant Studio Professor Colleen Humer as they discuss deep questions facing society today along with other Illinois Tech faculty members.

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Welcome to Curiosity Unplugged, the talk show where Illinois Tech faculty members leave no topic unexplored, no challenge unconsidered, and no query unanswered. Each month join Chris White, physics professor and vice provost for academic affairs, and Architecture Assistant Studio Professor Colleen Humer as they discuss deep questions facing society today along with other Illinois Tech faculty members.

    How Can We Best Prepare for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

    How Can We Best Prepare for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

    Coronavirus is the latest infectious disease that, seemingly, came out of nowhere to cause panic across the globe, joining diseases such as Ebola, Zika, and SARS. Whether it's a disease that causes a pandemic or a particularly difficult strain of influenza, how are researchers more fully understanding these evolving pathogens to be better equipped to contain them  in the future? Joining Curiosity Unplugged today are Senior Lecturer of Biology Katie Spink and IITRI Virologist and Study Director David Boltz.

    • 41 min
    What Does China’s Rise Mean for the United States?

    What Does China’s Rise Mean for the United States?

    The People’s Republic of China, described as being “an impoverished backwater” some 40 years ago, is now considered on many levels as a major global power. How can the United States and China continue to cultivate its relationship as allies? 

    • 37 min
    Working Toward Zero—How Do We Get Our Buildings to Net Zero Carbon to Help Reverse Climate Change?

    Working Toward Zero—How Do We Get Our Buildings to Net Zero Carbon to Help Reverse Climate Change?

    Cities contribute 70 to 75 percent of worldwide emissions, with nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions coming from their buildings. The World Resources Institute recently released a report that said that while one of the Paris Agreement's goals is to have every building reach net zero carbon by 2050, not even 1 percent of buildings are currently. How can we reach that goal?

    • 58 min
    Holding Your Own: Why Do We Sometimes Do Not-So-Good Things?

    Holding Your Own: Why Do We Sometimes Do Not-So-Good Things?

    The high holiday season of living large and letting go is now in full swing. What can we do to ensure that for most of the rest of the year, our behavior is aligned with our best physical and psychological health interests?

    • 45 min
    One Year Out, How Close Are We to a Secure 2020 Election?

    One Year Out, How Close Are We to a Secure 2020 Election?

    Despite the heightened attention to the integrity of elections, are we moving fast enough to ensure that the hacking issues of the 2016 United States presidential election are not repeated next year?

    • 59 min
    Has Politics Enveloped the Supreme Court and the U.S. Judicial System?

    Has Politics Enveloped the Supreme Court and the U.S. Judicial System?

    Amid recent accusations of being too political, too partisan, or too polarized, the Supreme Court of the United States is facing as much scrutiny, if not more, than ever before. In a country that is sharply divided along political and ideological lines, this brings into question the neutrality of the court, raising doubts that even the Supreme Court is no longer immune.

    • 48 min

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