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info_outline Episode 14: All I want for Christmas is a Tyrannosaurus 12/16/2020
Episode 14: All I want for Christmas is a Tyrannosaurus We talk with Dr. Darla Zelenitsky, a paleontologist and dinosaur researcher, about how the fossil trade is a growing problem for researchers and museums around the world, and how it's only getting worse as record-setting sales drive prices up.
info_outline Episode 13: Do no harm 12/09/2020
Episode 13: Do no harm We talk with Dr. Abdullah Saleh, a paediatric surgeon and director of the University of Alberta's Office of Global Surgery, about how medical practitioners traveling to lower-income countries can end up doing more harm than good, even though they're trying to help.
info_outline Episode 12: Are you an ally? 12/02/2020
Episode 12: Are you an ally? We speak with Dr. Adam Murry, an assistant professor of Indigenous psychology, about his research project into quantifying the traits of allyship and how better understanding allyship can help both the groups who need it most and the people who want to be allies.
info_outline Episode 11: Medic mushrooms 11/25/2020
Episode 11: Medic mushrooms We speak with Dr. Peter Facchini, a professor of biochemistry in our Faculty of Science and chief scientific officer of MagicMed, about studying the medicinal properties of psilocybin mushrooms and other drugs, and how synthesizing and improving them could lead to better mental health treatments.
info_outline Episode 10: Can you spare some (higher ed) change? 11/18/2020
Episode 10: Can you spare some (higher ed) change? We talk to Dr. Stephen Larter, PhD, associate vice president of research and innovation at the University of Calgary, about how post-secondaries need to adapt to a changing world and how a university can help spark an economic recovery.
info_outline Episode 9: Medical assistance in dying 11/12/2020
Episode 9: Medical assistance in dying We talk to Dr. Beverly Adams, the senior associate dean of education at the Cumming School of Medicine, about how medical assistance in dying can offer choice and dignity to grievously sick patients and how medical schools are adapting to the practice.
info_outline Episode 8: Going anti-viral 11/04/2020
Episode 8: Going anti-viral We talk to Dr. Paul Kubes, an infectious disease expert in the Cumming School of Medicine, about what goes into studying a deadly disease, how COVID-19 has changed scientific research, and UCalgary's newly reopened Biosafety Level Three lab.
info_outline Episode 7: Margin of error 10/29/2020
Episode 7: Margin of error In this episode, we talk to Corey Hogan, former chief communications officer for the government of Alberta, about some of the factors that can skew opinion polls, how to make sure they're as unbiased as possible, and how to look at them with a critical eye.
info_outline Episode 5: The Waiting Game 10/14/2020
Episode 5: The Waiting Game Dr. Peter Toohey, a professor of classics and author of the new book Hold On: The Life, Science, and Art of Waiting, talks about how we can better understand waiting, get better at doing it, and lead happier lives as a result.
info_outline Episode 4: Mental Health in 2020 10/07/2020
Episode 4: Mental Health in 2020 Debbie Bruckner, senior director of student wellness at the University of Calgary, discusses some of the problems we're all facing in this most challenging year, warning signs to watch out for, and what we can do to take care of our mental wellness.
info_outline Episode 3: Orange Shirt Day 09/30/2020
Episode 3: Orange Shirt Day Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt, a Métis scholar who specializes in Indigenous education, gives us background on Orange Shirt Day and how this event can help spark broader conversations about Canada's history with Indigenous peoples and the brutal legacy of residential schools.
info_outline Episode 2: Unlearning racism 09/23/2020
Episode 2: Unlearning racism Dr. Malinda Smith, UCalgary’s vice-provost of equity, diversity and inclusion, answers questions about systemic racism, the role of higher education, and what each of us can do in our everyday lives to make the world more equitable.
info_outline Episode 0: Trailer 09/15/2020
Episode 0: Trailer The podcast where we sit down with UCalgary professors, researchers and experts to get the answers to five questions submitted by you. Have you ever wondered why face masks are such an emotional issue, or why it's important for a university to promote diversity and inclusion, or what "margin of error" in opinion polling actually means? Well, we can answer that.