The Ivory Tower
By CJSW 90.9FM
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This monthly series looks to explore some of the amazing research being conducted here at the University of Calgary. CJSW's Sean Willett (and a rotating cast of CJSW volunteers) sit down with Professors, Grad Students and Instructors to discuss their work and what it was that drew them towards their particular fields of study.
||CleanEpisode 12 – Perception||Today we are looking at perception, and how our opinions and preferences are being shaped by the world around us. Sean Willett speaks to Dr. Charlene Elliott, who has researched how colours affect food choices made by young children. He also speaks to Dr. Edna Einsiedel, who has studied the relationship between science and society, and the way our beliefs can shape the way we view new technology.||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 – Past and Future||How can we plan for the world of tomorrow by looking at a world that was? Sean Willett speaks to Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor, who researches the Maya civilization, as well as Dr. Danielle Marceau who works to predict the behaviour of Calgary’s Elbow River.||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 – Invisible||Today we are looking at the invisible ways we can be hurt, and what we can do to start seeing them. Dr. Frank MacMaster is studying the relationship between exercise and depression in teenagers. He discusses his career, his research, and the stigma that still surrounds mental health. Also in this episode, U of C PhD student Amanda Black discusses concussions.||5/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 – Stress||This episode looks at stress. How we react to it, how it can hurt us, and how we can learn from it. Stress affects all of us, shaping our lives and behaviours in ways that can be both healthy and unhealthy. First, an interview with Dr. Matt Hill, who studied the role of the endocannabinoid system as it relates to stress. Then, a talk with Dr. Alex Bierman, who studies how stress affects civilians working in warzones.||5/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – Culture||This episode looks at culture. The profound ways it affects us, and the surprising ways it doesn’t. University of Calgary grad student David Sidhu has researched how language can be tied to more than just culture, by investigating what is called the Bouba Kiki effect. Also, University of Calgary professor Morny Joy talks about the importance of rituals, and why studying culture is important.||4/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – Data||In this episode we look at data. Why researchers need it, and why they need a lot of it. Sean Willett speaks Dr. Jason Anderson and Dr. Jordan Mallon, who worked together to try to understand how the plant-eating dinosaurs of Cretaceous North America were able to coexist, with so many big animals sharing a relatively small space. He also talks to Sabine Seyffarth, about her lab’s research into neural pathways, and the way our brains change when we become experts.||3/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – Recovery||This episode is about recovery. It's about going through hell, and the help you’ll need when you come out the other side. Whether it is physical or psychological, when a person experiences trauma they will usually need some help getting back on their feet. Sometimes this is in the form of medicine or specific treatments, but other times it could be as simple as an open ear in a time of need. Three U of C researchers have studied how to help people who have been hurt, in three very different ways.||12/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 – Glasberg||In this episode, Sean Willett speaks with a U of C professor who is not particularly known for his research. Instead, he is a man known for his teaching: Dr. Ronald Glasberg.||11/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 – Expression||In this episode we explore different ways of channeling creativity. Sean Willett speaks with Anne Flynn about a new approach to the treatment of Parkinson's: dance. Also, Chris Adams discusses rap music with linguistics professor Darin Flynn. WARNING: The second half of this episode contains discussion with foul language.||10/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 – Creepy Technology||On this episode, Sean Willett and Kai Sinclair talk with two University of Calgary professors who study technology and intelligence. First, Sean talks to Dr. Tom Keenan, who released a book about creepy technology fittingly called "Technocreep" . Then, Kai talks with Dr. John Ferris, who has studied the history of intelligence and espionage, and who provides even more reasons to be scared of your cellphone.||8/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 – Instruments||On this episode, Sean Willett talks with two University of Calgary researchers who use scientific instruments to learn more about our world — and what lies beyond our world. First, Sean talks with Dr. Bernard Guest, whose lab has used a suite of instruments to interpret the history hidden within rocks. After that, Dr. Chris Cully explains how he is using an instrument-filled balloon to measure space storms, which are even cooler than they sound.||7/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 – Animals and Us||On this episode, Sean Willett talks with two University of Calgary professors who study animals and their relationships with humans. The first is Dr. Shelley Alexander, who has researched how the media portrays coyotes and how these misunderstood animals have adapted to city life. The second interview is with Dr. Steig Johnson, who has recently helped in writing an action plan to protect the highly endangered lemurs of madagascar.||6/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|