She may seem like a walking dichotomy, but Leilani Munter does not see it that way. An avowed environmental activist and vegetarian with a degree in biology, she is also a race car driver. She is using her track time and interaction with race fans as a way to spread her messages of reducing our carbon footprint and the benefits of going green. She’s on the phone to talk about her unique life with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.
Joshua Benoit will be an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati, after completing his current work on a research project at Yale University involving the tsetse fly. He joins Thane Maynard by phone from New Haven to discuss his work in Yale’s Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, his current project, and his upcoming move to UC.
Native Cincinnatian David Quammen published his first novel at age 20, but after 3 books, realized the dire situation the world’s environment was in so became a dedicated science writer. His newest book paints a frightening picture of how infectious diseases such as AIDS and Ebola make their way more quickly around the globe, but points out that they begin in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover.