Ira Flatow is the longtime host of NPR’s Science Friday, which airs at 2:00 every Friday afternoon on WVXU. He takes a few minutes to join our Dean Regas for this edition of Looking Up. He talks about how Science Friday got started, where his love of science came from, and what he hopes listeners take away from each broadcast.
Dr. Ian Tattersall is currently Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural Historyin New York City. He is working on a project to document the major fossils in the human fossil record. He takes a few minutes away from his work to join Thane Maynard to discuss this project as well as his long-standing work on the science of what makes us human.
Award-winning actor and director Alan Aldahas a passion for science, and more specifically, how to help scientists better communicate with students and the public of all ages. He founded the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University for this reason, and created a yearly contest where scientists are asked to explain a concept so that an 11 year old can understand it. The Flame Challenge is judged by thousands of 11 year olds, and this year’s topic is What is Time? Alan Alda spent a few minutes on the phone with Dean Regas talking about how his love of science began, and his goals for this contest, in this month’s Looking Up.