Dr. Gardner is a professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and director of the Energy Efficiency Research Institute, a multi-institutional program that is part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at the Idaho National Laboratory.
What is energy efficiency, why is it important and what can individuals do to make the most of their energy use? In this podcast, Gardner provides an insightful look at why energy generated from non-sustainable sources such as fossil fuels has societal and environmental impacts that far outweigh the costs to produce it. Likewise, by paying attention to the way energy is consumed – such as commuting by bicycle, turning off electrical appliances when not in use, and avoiding a heavy reliance on prepackaged and preprocessed foods, positive impacts are realized that extend well beyond monetary savings. The key, Gardner explains, is to learn to value energy more than it costs.
Dr. Freemuth is the CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year, 2001, a senior fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy, and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Boise State.
Dr. Freemuth wrote the introduction to the following book: Greater Sage-Grouse: Ecology and Conservation of a Landscape Species and Its Habitats
Dr. Freemuth wrote a review of the following book: Beyond naturalness: Rethinking park and wilderness stewardship in an era of rapid change
Our public lands comprise almost 30 percent of the total lands of the United States. In this podcast, Freemuth discusses the role these parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other lands play in the American psyche. We value them for scenic beauty, recreation and biodiversity, energy resources, forests and rangelands. We fight over what uses should have priority almost constantly, yet attempts to do something different with the lands, either sell them off or transfer them to states to manage, always seem to go nowhere. During the early days of our nation, we compromised about what do so with them and today we increasingly try to collaborate over their future uses.
Dr. Jorcyk is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cancer progression, including breast cancer and prostate cancer.
The statistics are sobering: 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, a devastating disease that can metastasize to the liver, lungs, brain and bone. Jorcyk discusses how breast cancer develops and spreads, current therapies, the challenges involved in a finding a cure, and her research program. The recipient of grants from the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and NASA, Jorcyk is investigating a signaling molecule called Oncostatin M that is produced by breast cancer cells and tumor-associated cells of the immune system, and that may contribute to the progression and spread of tumors.
Dr. Manda Hicks is the director of forensics at Boise State University, where she oversees the national champion Talkin’ Broncos speech and debate team. She is a U.S. Army veteran and received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her research interests include gender and women studies, intercultural communication, feminist theory, qualitative methods, and military culture.
There is more to debate than just talking fast and loud, or bashing your opponents–à la televised political debates. In this podcast, Dr. Manda Hicks offers a different perspective on the art of debate and public speaking. She addresses popular conceptions of debate and argues that the activity is more productive and invitational than it appears. The podcast provides a brief explanation of the origins of debate and features strategies for improving everyday public communication. Dr. Hicks identifies key concepts from speech and debate that help individuals become more effective and satisfied communicators.
Dr. Tyler Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Boise State University. He instructs future physical education teachers how to help their students adopt movement playgrounds. His research interests relate to student motivation in physical activity settings, philosophical foundations of physical education, and physical education teacher education. His movement playgrounds are plentiful but his two favorites are golf and basketball.
The health benefits associated with regular physical activity are well documented. Unfortunately, most people do not meet physical activity guidelines. In this podcast, Dr. Johnson discusses ideas for getting more people to move more often. Helping people develop movement playgrounds seems to hold more legitimate promise for getting and keeping people moving than telling people to exercise solely for health benefits. Dr. Johnson provides explanation and analysis of the movement playground concept.
Dr. Meredith Taylor Black is the Director of International Business Programs in the College of Business & Economics at Boise State University and teaches, inter alia, the courses “Managing in a Global Economy” and “Global Economic Development”. Dr. Black earned her Ph.D., summa cum laude, in the area of WTO trade law with the University of Bern in Switzerland, where she also completed a Master’s in International Law and Economics at the World Trade Institute as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Her research is focused on agriculture negotiations, subsidies, dispute settlement, and development issues within the World Trade Organization. Her academic background also includes a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Certificate in Health Public Policy from Duke University.
What is the World Trade Organization (WTO) and why should you care about it? In this podcast, Dr. Black delves into this fascinating intergovernmental organization and its effects on our lives as citizens of an ever-increasingly, interconnected world. She takes us on a tour of Centre William Rappard – home to the WTO- as she explains the history, structure, operations and significance of its latest houseguest. Dr. Black also explains how the WTO functions to encourage global economic growth through greater trade liberalization and reductions in trade barriers, promote cooperation and dispute resolution among nations, and set and enforce “ground rules” for international commercial activity.
Susan Mason serves as the Interim Director and Associate Professor of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Boise State University.
Energy consumption is the largest producer of greenhouse gases and transportation is often considered the biggest culprit in greenhouse gas production. In this podcast, Dr. Mason examines the theory that commercial and residential buildings are greater greenhouse gas producers than transportation. She discusses how cities, as opposed to individuals, are in a unique position to contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gases in our communities. Dr. Mason makes the case that there are fundamental differences between cities that have LEED certified green buildings and those that do not. She finds that cities with green buildings make different use of the non-financial incentives within their arsenal of tools than cities that do not have green buildings.
Louis Nadelson is an associate professor in the College of Education at Boise State University. His scholarly interests include all areas of STEM teaching and learning, in-service and pre-service teacher professional development, program evaluation, multidisciplinary research, and conceptual change. Nadelson relies on his degrees in science, mathematics, education, and cognitive psychology to guide his research on teacher learning, preparation, practice, and student learning outcomes in STEM. He also uses more than 20 years of high school and college math and science teaching experience to frame his research on STEM teaching and learning.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has entered the public realm as a major topic of conversation and a strategic initiative. Yet, there is ongoing debate about how to define STEM and what STEM means in terms of learning and instruction. In this podcast, Dr. Nadelson discusses his model that defines STEM on a continuum and looks at the range of methodologies for teaching STEM. This framework has led to the development and/or adoption of a number of programs that prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to teach STEM. He also outlines some key STEM education initiatives, including IDoTeach, a UTeach replication effort, and i-STEM, a teacher professional development program.
R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University whose research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success. Dr. Landrum received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has made more than 280 professional presentations at conferences, published 17 books/book chapters, and has published more than 70 professional articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Landrum is the lead author of The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success (4th ed., 2009), and authored Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story (2008) and Finding A Job With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career (2009). He co-authored The EasyGuide to APA Style (2011), You’ve Received Your Doctorate in Psychology—Now What? (2012), and is the lead editor for Teaching Ethically — Challenges and Opportunities (2012).
Do today’s bachelor’s degree recipients graduate with the requisite skills and abilities, coupled with their content knowledge, to be successful in the workplace? In this podcast, Dr. Landrum explores this knowledge vs. skills debate. He focuses on the key role that assessment plays in advancing both the quality of an undergraduate education and the preparation of future graduates. The goal of a broad-based liberal arts education is not job training, but a great deal of financial investment and human capital could be wasted if newly minted graduates do not have both the knowledge and skills to be employable.
Nicole Molumby is an associate professor of music in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State University, and is actively performing throughout Europe and the United States. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar she completed her Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, later receiving her doctorate from the Ohio State University. As a performing artist, her creative activities are currently focused on recording flute music by two emerging 21st century Slovenian composers, Blaž Pucihar and Črt Sojar Volgar. She recently received an Arts & Humanities Institute Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year to travel to Slovenia to complete this project.
Music has been taught virtually the same way for generations. In this podcast, Dr. Molumby explores a new world of possibilities, discussing her diverse teaching and creative activities that bridge the timeless art of music with ancient meditation techniques and modern technology. She shares how Boise State flute students are using the guided meditation practice of iRest to reduce stress and performance anxiety. Complementing the Zen atmosphere in the practice room and on stage, students in Dr. Molumby’s ear training class are plugged in to mobile devices, helping them navigate their busy lives by developing innovative learning strategies using iPads.
- Nicole Molumby’s bio page
- Yoga for Healing
- Richard Miller iRest
- Mobile Learning at Boise State (YouTube)