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The Prism Podcast - Episode 85

Grant and Clay sit down with Dr. Jens Foell to discuss Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. What is it, how is it used, and how is it misused in the lay public and in alt-med? Jens studied psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and got his PhD in neuropsychology from Heidelberg University, Germany. His PhD work involved finding out how phantom limbs work in the brain, and how effects of phantom limb pain therapy can be measured using neuroimaging. He is currently located...

Duration: 01:06:53

The Prism Podcast - Episode 84

Dr. Stephen Hupp joins Clay and Grant to talk about some of the myths surrounding child development- from believing that vaccines cause autism to the Scared Straight Program to whether letting a baby "cry it out" is psychologically damaging. Stephen Hupp, winner of a Teaching Recognition Award in 2011, is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at SIUE. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Hupp completed his predoctoral internship at the...

Duration: 01:25:41

The Prism Podcast - Episode 83

Grant and guest co-host Vance Crowe chat with JP Sears, creator of the hilarious and popular Ultra Spiritual YouTube and author of a new book How to be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority. JP's Bio (from his website): " I’m an emotional healing coach, international teacher, world traveler, and curious student of life. My work is intended to empower people to empower themselves to live more meaningful lives. I run a very busy one-on-one client practice (most sessions...

Duration: 01:24:04

The Prism Podcast - Episode 82

Melbourne, Australia based magician and physician Dr. Vyom Sharma is in the Prism Studio for a fascinating discussion about the intersection of skepticism and magic. Dr. Sharma is a Family Medicine physician who has won numerous awards in the magic realm, including (with his troupe Gentlemen of Deceit) appearances on Australia's Got Talent, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Check him out on YouTube, Facebook, and on Twitter (@drvyom)

Duration: 01:09:50

The Prism Podcast - Episode 81

On this episode of The Prism, Clay and Grant sit down and have a chat with Myles Power. Myles Power runs the educational YouTube channel powerm1985. He is originally from a small town in the North East of England called Middlesbrough, but has spent a large potion of his adult life living in Manchester. He is a chemist by trade who is is currently working in industry, but what little free time he has he spends sharing his love of science through home experiments, visiting sites of...

Duration: 00:53:28

The Prism Podcast - Episode 80

Dr. Indre Viskontas is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco and Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training. Professor Viskontas received her Bachelor of Science degree with a Specialist in Psychology and a minor in French Literature at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. She also holds a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance...

Duration: 01:07:18

The Prism Podcast - Episode 79

Leslie Waghorn is the mother of a very active preschooler and a fiercely independent toddler. She has worked in public health and digital media strategy for nearly a decade, having previously worked in media and politics. Previously based in Washington, DC, she's now based in Ottawa, Canada. Leslie holds an MA in health communication from George Mason University and has an honors BA with a double major in Political Science and History from Carleton University. By day she's a freelance...

Duration: 01:17:15

The Prism Podcast - Episode 78

Byron Whyte MD, FAAP joins Clay and Grant to discuss the issue of race in the practice of medicine. Why are minorities still significantly under-represented in medicine and dentistry? Does racism exist in the medical school selection process? The discussion of race can be uncomfortable, but it's a conversation that needs to be held. Clay also discusses his SBM article about acupuncture for colic in infants. Dr Whyte is a practicing pediatrician in Urgent Care in Virginia. He obtained...

Duration: 01:16:03

The Prism Podcast - Episode 77

Dr. Jennifer Raff chats with Clay and Grant about Genetics, Evolution, the peopling of the Americas, and other interesting topics. We also get into the genetic basis of race, and how this construct can be used and abused. Jennifer Raff is an Assistant Professor of Physical Anthropology at the University of Kansas, and director and Principal Investigator of the KU Laboratory of Human Population Genomics. She has a dual Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and...

Duration: 01:16:40

The Prism Podcast - Episode 76

Vance Crowe sits down for a chat with Clay and Grant about Science Communication, dispelling myths about Monsanto, bridging the gap between skepticism and other areas in science and culture, and how to honor our tribalism while respectfully engaging communities unlike our own. Vance Crowe is the Director of Millennial Engagement at Monsanto in Saint Louis, Missouri. Vance is a former Communications Strategist for the World Bank Group, a returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in...

Duration: 01:12:20

The Prism Podcast - Episode 75

Dr. Carol Tavris's work as a writer, teacher, and lecturer has been devoted to educating the public about psychological science. Her book with Elliot Aronson, "Mistakes Were Made (But Not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts" (updated, revised edition, Mariner Books, 2015), applies cognitive dissonance theory to a wide variety of topics, including politics, conflicts of interest, memory (everyday and "recovered"), the criminal justice system, police...

Duration: 00:58:09

The Prism Podcast - Episode 74

Dr. Paul Offit chats with Clay and Grant about the "opioid epidemic", vaccines, the post-Trump political landscape and what it means for science and medicine, a sneak peak at the new book he's writing, and much more. Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is...

Duration: 00:56:32

The Prism Podcast - Episode 73

Benjamin Radford is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine and a Research Fellow with the non-profit educational organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He has written over a thousand articles on a wide variety of topics, including urban legends, the paranormal, critical thinking, and media literacy. He is author of eight books: Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias: Why We Need Critical Thinking (with sociologist Robert E. Bartholomew); Media Mythmakers: How Journalists,...

Duration: 01:06:04

The Prism Podcast - Episode 72

Dr. John Snyder joins Clay and Grant to talk about Dr. Bob Sears, pediatrician who is the author of the so-called alternate vaccine schedule. Dr. Sears has gotten himself in a bit of trouble after being accused of practicing beneath the standard of care in California. John Snyder, MD, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a practicing pediatrician at Amherst Pediatrics in Amherst, Massachusetts. Previously, he was Medical Director of the...

Duration: 01:07:33

The Prism Podcast - Episode 71

Timothy Caulfield is our guest, and we chat about celebrity culture as it pertains to science information, Clay's horrible taste in music, and other random topics. Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He has been the Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta since 1993. Over the past several years he has been involved in a...

Duration: 00:57:36

The Prism Podcast - Episode 70

Our longest podcast yet examines the academic world of Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Larry Rodgers and and Prism alum Dr. Alan Levinovitz about what Trigger Warnings are, and how universities and professors are dealing with the changing climate surrounding them. Also, we chat with Dr. Saul Hymes about the current status of the Zika virus outbreak. Larry Rodgers is Executive Dean, Division of Arts and Science, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and...

Duration: 01:47:18

The Prism Podcast - Episode 69

In this episode, Clay and Grant sit down with renowned Climate Scientist Michael Mann to discuss his new book The Madhouse Effect. Our conversation covers not only the book, but how do we engage with those with differing viewpoints? How do we find common ground? Dr. Michael E. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale...

Duration: 01:04:39

The Prism Podcast - Episode 68

In this episode, Clay has his worldview shattered. Bronwen Dickey is the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016) and a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek,Outside, Slate, Garden & Gun, Best American Travel Writing, The San Francisco Chronicle, Southern Living, Sport Diver, World Hum, and The Independent Weekly, among other publications. In 2009, she was awarded a first-place Lowell...

Duration: 01:18:42

The Prism Podcast - Episode 67

Dr. Amy Tuteur is an obstetrician gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1979 and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1984. Dr. Tuteur is a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She left the practice of medicine to raise her four children. Her book, Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting (HarperCollins) is available for purchase. In this episode, Clay and Grant discuss "Natural Parenting" with Dr....

Duration: 01:28:49

The Prism Podcast - Episode 66

In this episode, Clay and Grant discuss Science Based Pharmacy with Scott Gavura (see bio below). Also, This Week in Science Based Medicine featuring Jann Bellamy, the Word of the Day, and more. Scott Gavura, BScPhm, MBA, RPh, is passionate about improving the way drugs are used. A pharmacist by background, Scott works in the Ontario cancer system, managing and optimizing the use of very expensive cancer therapies. He has a professional interest is improving the cost-effective use of...

Duration: 01:16:46

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