23 episodes

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?

    As of mid-February, there had been more than 73,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infections worldwide, leading to some 1,800-plus deaths. This novel coronavirus is the latest infectious agent 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?

    Some 40 years ago, the People’s Republic of China was described as being “an impoverished backwater.” The nation has achieved remarkable growth in its real annual gross domestic product, which  averaged nearly 10 percent through 2018. With the recent signing of the “Phase One” trade pact between China and the U.S., how can our two nations continue to cultivate its relationship as allies? 
    Joining Curiosity Unplugged are Ron Henderson, professor and director of Illinois Tech’s Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program; Nasrin Khalili, associate professor of environmental management at Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business, and director of Stuart’s Sustainable Business Innovation Clinic; and Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Shapiro. 
     

    • 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?

    As more information becomes available on the causes of climate change and how to reverse its effect, one thing is clear: cities and buildings play a big role in both. 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?
    Joining Curiosity Unplugged today is Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering Hamid Arastoopour, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering Brent Stephens, and Assistant Professor of Architecture Rahman Azari.

    • 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 that began with Thanksgiving is now in full swing. For many individuals, it’s a time of living large and letting go—of cash, of a sensible eating and drinking regimen, or of a positive attitude. 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?
    Joining Curiosity Unplugged are Professor of Food Science and Nutrition Britt Burton-Freeman, Associate Professor of Psychology Gregory Chasson, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Alissa Haedt-Matt.   

    • 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?

    The vulnerability of the electronic systems that support most elections became widely publicized during the 2016 United States presidential election following the news of Russian government attempts to compromise voter registration systems. Despite the heightened attention to the integrity of elections, are we moving fast enough to ensure that the issues from 2016 are not repeated next year?
    Joining Curiosity Unplugged are two Illinois Tech alumni, Adjunct Industry Professor Shawn Davis and Louis F. McHugh IV, adjunct industry professor and director of information technology at the School of Applied Technology. 
     
     

    • 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?

    The members of the Supreme Court of the United States first assembled in New York City’s Merchants Exchange Building in 1790 and in 1869 the court’s present total of nine judges was established. Amid recent accusations of being too political, too partisan, or too polarized, the Supreme Court is facing as much scrutiny, if not more, than ever before. The courts are now being utilized as a political resource, with politicians focused on stacking the federal circuit, district, and appeals courts with judges that see the law from their perspective. 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.
    Joining Curiosity Unplugged are Professor of Law Christopher Schmidt and Professor of Law Nancy Marder.

    • 48 min

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