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The most interesting people in the world of science and technology. STEM-Talk is an interview podcast show produced by the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, a not-for-profit research lab pioneering ground-breaking technologies aim...Show More
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Episode 93: Emma Wilson talks about Toxoplasma gondii infection and its consequences

1:11:08 | Aug 6th

Our guest today is Dr. Emma Wilson, a researcher who has spent the past 15 years studying Toxoplasma gondii, a protozoan parasite that infects about a third of the world’s population. She is a native of Scotland and a professor of biomedical scien...Show More
Episode 92: Megan Roberts discusses the potential of a ketogenic diet to extend healthspan and lifespan

45:30 | Jul 16th

Our guest today is Megan Roberts, a research scientist who conducted an interesting study that showeda ketogenic diet extended the longevity and healthspan of adult mice.  This study has been discussed in several earlier episodes of STEM-Talk. Meg...Show More
Episode 91: Irina and Michael Conboy explain tissue repair and stem-cell rejuvenation

1:19:18 | Jul 2nd

Our guests today are Drs. Irina and Michael Conboy of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California Berkeley. In their lab at Berkeley, the Conboys investigate the process of tissue repair in the body in an effort to determine why ...Show More
Episode 90: Dawn and Ken answer listener questions

1:01:05 | Jun 12th

Ken and Dawn return in today’s podcast to answer more listener questions. Back at the beginning year, Ken and Dawn hosted their first Ask Me Anything episode. In that episode, they promised not to wait another three years and 83 episodes before o...Show More
Episode 89: Robert Epstein reflects on his career and the threat of big tech on privacy and democracy

1:26:54 | May 21st

Our guest today is Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist, professor and journalist who is the former editor of Psychology Today.Robert is currently a co-founder and the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and T...Show More
Episode 88: Duane Mitchell talks about the uphill battle to treat aggressive brain tumors

56:45 | May 7th

Our guest today is Dr. Duane Mitchell, the Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.He’s also the co-director of the university’s Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor...Show More
Episode 87: Dom D’Agostino reflects on his 10 years of research into ketogenic nutrition

1:22:18 | Apr 23rd

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino returns to STEM-Talk to give Ken and Dawn an update on his research into ketogenic nutrition. Dom was the guest on episode 14 back in 2016 when ketogenic diets didn’t even show up on a list of the top-10 diets that people Googl...Show More
Episode 86: Matt Johnson talks about the power and future of human-machine teaming

33:17 | Apr 9th

Our guest today is Dr. Matt Johnson, another colleague who works with Ken and Dawn at IHMC. Matt is a research scientist who joined the institute in 2002 after a 20-year career as Naval aviator. He focuses on human-machine teaming as it relates to...Show More
Episode 85: David Geary discusses our shrinking brains, cognitive development  and sex differences

1:24:59 | Mar 26th

Today’s guest is Dr. David Geary, a cognitive developmental scientist whose wide-ranging interests are particularly focused on evolutionary psychology, sex differences and children’s mathematical development.He is a Curators' Distinguished Professor ...Show More
Episode 84: Joe Gomes discusses optimizing human performance and resiliency in the NFL and elite warfighters

1:03:04 | Mar 12th

Today’s guest is Joe Gomes, the former head strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, who today is  IHMC’s new High Performance Director. Joe came to IHMC a little more than a year ago to be part of a new biological team that ...Show More
Episode 83: Ken and Dawn host their first Ask Me Anything episode

53:10 | Feb 19th

It has only taken us nearly three years to get around to it, but we’re finally doing our first “Ask Me Anything” episode. It’s hard to believe, but Ken and Dawn sat down to interview their first STEM-Talk guest back in 2016. And during that time, lis...Show More
Episode 82: Stu Phillips discusses the importance of dietary protein and its role in muscle

1:16:29 | Feb 5th

Our guest today Dr. Stuart Phillips, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, who is best known for his research into muscle health and the benefits of dietary protein. Stu is the director of the McMaster Physical Acti...Show More
Episode 81: Charles Brenner discusses NR and the benefits of boosting NAD as we age

1:04:18 | Jan 22nd

Our guest today is Dr. Charles Brenner, the Roy J. Carver Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa. Charles is one of the world’s leading experts on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, commonly referred to as NAD, which is an essential molec...Show More
Episode 80: Butler Hine talks about paving the way for robotic space exploration

57:25 | Jan 1st

Our guest today is Dr. Butler Hine, the Flight Project Manager and Chief Technologist for Engineering at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Butler is also a senior research scientist and a colleague of Ken and Dawn at IHMC. ...Show More
Episode 79: Satchin Panda discusses circadian rhythms and time-restricted eating to improve health and even reverse disease

1:32:41 | Dec 18th, 2018

Dr. Satchin Panda is a professor and researcher at the Salk Institutewho has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on circadian rhythm. In today’s wide-ranging interview, he discusses how the body’s natural day-night cycle can help ...Show More
Episode 78: Jeff Phillips talks about physiologic episodes among tactical aircrew

58:15 | Dec 5th, 2018

Today’s interview is with IHMC Research Scientist Dr. Jeff Phillips. Jeff joined IHMC a year ago after spending six years as a research psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Unit in Dayton, Ohio. He worked almost exclusively on hypoxia in tactic...Show More
Episode 77: John Ioannidis discusses why most published research findings are false

1:24:46 | Nov 20th, 2018

Our guest today is Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford professor who has been described by “BMJ” as “the scourge of sloppy science.” Atlantic magazine has gone so far as to refer to him as one of the world’s most influential scientists. John is renowne...Show More
Episode 76: Dava Newman on getting humans to Mars and creating the next-generation spacesuit

43:42 | Nov 8th, 2018

Today’s episode features Dr. Dava Newman, the first female engineer to serve as NASA’s deputy administrator. Dava  is currently the Apollo Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more than 20 years, she has work...Show More
Episode 75: Rob Mueller: Using the resources of space to build lunar outposts on the Moon and Mars

1:04:36 | Oct 26th, 2018

Today’s guest today is Rob Mueller, one of NASA’s senior technologists who is leading an effort to establish a base station on the Moon, and eventually Mars, as well as other destinations in the solar system. Rob is the senior technologist for the...Show More
Episode 74: Robert Whitaker: the drug-based paradigm of psychiatric care in the U.S.

1:14:34 | Oct 9th, 2018

Today’s guest is a science journalist and author who has written extensively about the pharmaceutical industry. Robert Whitaker is also the founder of Mad in America, a nonprofit organization that focuses on getting people to rethink psychiatric care...Show More
Episode 73: Michael Okun talks about the complexity and treatment of Parkinson’s disease

1:39:43 | Sep 25th, 2018

Nearly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year in the U.S. The disease is an incredibly complex disorder that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. Our guest today is Dr. Michael Okun, who is considered the worl...Show More
Episode 72: Peter Norvig talks about working at Google, digital privacy, fake news, killer robots and AI’s future

1:15:04 | Sep 11th, 2018

Today’s episode features a timely interview with Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig.  He is also the co-author of “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” which is in its third edition and is a leading AI textbook. In today’s intervi...Show More
Episode 71: Elizabeth Nance talks about using nanotechnology to understand and treat brain diseases

1:16:08 | Aug 28th, 2018

Our guest today has been described by Forbes magazine as one of the “most disruptive, game-changing and innovating young personalities in science.” Dr. Elizabeth Nance is known for her passionate search to find ways to more efficiently connect res...Show More
Episode 70: David Sabatini on the discovery of mTOR and its role in disease, longevity & healthspan

1:16:18 | Aug 14th, 2018

Peter Attia, who was our very first guest on STEM-Talk, describes David Sabatini’s discovery of mTOR as one of his two favorite science stories. Today, Dr. David Sabatini joins us and gives us a first-hand account of how his research into rapamyci...Show More
Episode 69: David LeMay talks about countering inflammation with SPMs

1:16:43 | Jul 31st, 2018

Dr. David LeMay is a sports medicine and rehabilitation physician who is a consultant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, which won the Stanley Cup this year, their first i...Show More
Episode 68: Steve Anton talks about diet, exercise, intermittent fasting and lifestyle interventions to improve health

1:07:34 | Jul 17th, 2018

What’s the best way to eat and the right way to exercise to ensure a healthy lifespan? Our guest today is Dr. Stephen Anton, a psychologist who has spent his career researching how lifestyle factors can influence not only obesity, but also cardiovasc...Show More
Episode 67: Doug Wallace talks about mitochondria, our human origins and the possibility of mitochondria-targeted therapies

1:44:01 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Today’s guest is Dr. Douglas Wallace, the director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is internationally known as the founder of mitochondrial genetics. Mitochondria are tiny structur...Show More
Episode 66: Peter Neuhaus talks about exoskeletons, robotics, and the development of exercise technologies for space and Earth

43:21 | Jun 19th, 2018

In today’s episode, Ken and Dawn interview their colleague Dr. Peter Neuhaus, a senior research scientist here at IHMC. Peter is an engineer well-known for his work on wearable robotic devices. In particular, Peter has focused on lower extremity exos...Show More
Episode 65: Dr. Brendan Egan talks about the importance of muscle and his research into exogenous ketones

1:15:46 | Jun 5th, 2018

Dr. Brendan Egan is an Associate Professor of Sport and  Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University who is well known for research that shows resistance training can improve strength, muscle mass, reduce falls in older people, and perhaps even ext...Show More
Episode 64: Valter Longo talks about the fasting-mimicking diet and the keys to longevity

59:26 | May 22nd, 2018

Today’s episode features Dr. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. Valter is best known for his research on stem cells and aging as well as his fasting-mimicking diet. Often referred to as FMD,...Show More
Episode 63: Keith Baar talks about collagen synthesis, ketogenic diet, mTORC1 signaling, autophagy, post strength training nutrition, and more…

1:02:47 | May 8th, 2018

Dr. Keith Baar joins Ken and Dawn today for the second of his two-part interview for STEM-Talk. Keith is a renowned scientist in the emerging field of molecular exercise physiology who has made fundamental discoveries on how muscles grow bigger, stro...Show More
Episode 62: Keith Baar talks about muscle and explains mTOR, PGC-1a, dystrophin, and the benefits of chocolate

1:03:27 | Apr 24th, 2018

Today’s episode is the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Keith Baar, the head of the Functional Molecular Biology Laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis. In his capacity a...Show More
Episode 61: Chris McCurdy discusses kratom and the opioid crisis

1:03:18 | Apr 10th, 2018

More than 90 Americans a day are dying from opioid abuse. Today’s guest, Dr. Christopher McCurdy, is at the forefront of research designed to help the U.S. deal with this drug overdose crisis. Chris is a medicinal chemist and behavioral pharmacolo...Show More
Episode 60: Marie Jackson talks about the amazing endurance of Roman concrete

49:44 | Mar 27th, 2018

Why is it that modern marine concrete structures crumble and corrode within decades, but 2,000-year-old Roman piers and breakwaters endure to this day? Episode 60 of STEM-Talk features Dr. Marie Jackson, a scientist who has spent the past two deca...Show More
Episode 59: Stephen Cunnane discusses the role of ketones in human evolution and Alzheimer’s

56:11 | Mar 13th, 2018

Nearly five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. In 30 years, that number is estimated to be 16 million In today’s episode, Ken and Dawn interview Dr. Stephen Cunnane, a Canadian physiologist whose extensive research into ...Show More
Episode 58: Flora Hammond discusses traumatic brain injuries and how treatments are evolving

45:24 | Feb 27th, 2018

Today’s episode features one of the nation’s leading physicians and researchers who has spent years studying and treating traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Flora Hammond is a professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitatio...Show More
Episode 57: Lauren Jackson discusses radiation exposure, including the effects of a nuclear strike

1:11:29 | Feb 13th, 2018

Today’s interview features Dr. Lauren Jackson, a nationally known expert in the field of tumor and normal-tissue radiobiology. She is especially recognized for her expertise in medical countermeasure development for acute radiation sickness and delay...Show More
Episode 56: Jon Clark talks about NASA, supersonic jumps from the edge of space, and humans in extreme environments

0:00 | Jan 30th, 2018

Today’s episode is the second of a two-part interview with IHMC Senior Scientist Dr. Jonathan Clark, a six-time Space Shuttle crew surgeon who has served in numerous roles for both NASA and the Navy. Part one of our interview, episode 55, ended wi...Show More
Episode 55: Jon Clark looks back at his Naval and NASA careers and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

1:03:29 | Jan 16th, 2018

Today’s episode is the first of two-part interview with IHMC Senior Scientist Dr. Jonathan Clark, a six-time Space Shuttle crew surgeon who has served in numerous roles for both NASA and the Navy. In a wide-ranging conversation with Ken and Dawn, ...Show More
Episode 54: Brianna Stubbs talks about ketone esters and their application in sport

1:35:26 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Late in 2017, a San Francisco startup company brought one of the commercial ketone esters to market. Today’s episode features an interview with a scientist and world-class athlete who has spent the past year helping develop and rollout HVMN Ketone, a...Show More
Episode 53: Brian Caulfield on wearable technologies and the potential of electrical muscle stimulation

1:20:49 | Dec 19th, 2017

Today’s interview is with Dr. Brian Caulfield, the dean of physiotherapy at the University College Dublin, where he also is one of the directors of Ireland’s largest research center, the INSIGHT Center for Data Analytics. Brian is especially known...Show More
Episode 52: Nina Teicholz on saturated fat, U.S. dietary guidelines, and the shortcomings of nutrition science

1:30:00 | Dec 5th, 2017

Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz joined Ken and Dawn remotely from a studio in New York City in mid-September for a fascinating discussion about the history and pitfalls of nutrition science. Teicholz is the author of the international bests...Show More
Episode 51: Roger Smith talks about bears, raptors, and life as a field biologist

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2017

Today’s episode features field biologist Roger Smith, the founder and chair of the Teton Raptor Center, a rehabilitation facility in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that annually cares for more than 130 injured birds. Roger and his wife, Margaret Creel, wh...Show More
Episode 50: Ken Ford talks about ketosis, optimizing exercise, and the future direction of science, technology, and culture

1:06:44 | Nov 7th, 2017

Today’s episode features the second of Dawn Kernagis’ two-part interview with her STEM-Talk co-host and IHMC Director Ken Ford. This episode marks a milestone for STEM-Talk. It’s our 50th episode and follows Ken’s formal induction into the Florida In...Show More
Episode 49: Ken Ford talks about AI, its critics, and research at IHMC

0:00 | Oct 24th, 2017

On the eve of Ken Ford’s induction into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame, co-host Dawn Kernagis convinced IHMC’s director and CEO that it was the perfect time to have the chairman of STEM-Talk’s double secret selection committee take a turn as a g...Show More
Episode 48: Dr Tommy Wood, part 2, discusses insulin resistance and the role of diet in athletic performance

1:06:51 | Oct 10th, 2017

Today’s episode features the second of our two-part interview with Dr. Tommy Wood, a U.K. trained MD/PhD who now lives in the U.S. Part one covered Tommy’ background and education and what led him spend most of his academic career studying multipl...Show More
Episode 47: Dr. Tommy Wood talks about neonatal brain injuries and optimizing human performance

47:28 | Sep 26th, 2017

Dr. Tommy Wood is a U.K. trained MD/PhD who now lives in the U.S. He has spent most of his academic career studying ways to treat babies with brain injuries, but has also published papers on multiple sclerosis, as well as nutritional approaches to sp...Show More
Episode 46: NASA’s Chris McKay talks about the search for life in our solar system and travel to Mars

0:00 | Sep 12th, 2017

Today’s guest on STEM-Talk is Dr. Chris McKay, a leading astrobiologist and planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Chris’s interview covers a diverse range of topics ran...Show More
Episode 45: David Spiegel talks about the science of hypnosis and the many ways it can help people

1:19:33 | Aug 29th, 2017

Today’s interview features one of the nation’s foremost hypnotists who is also the associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University Medical School. In this episode, Dr. David Spiegel talks about how hypnosis can hel...Show More
Episode 44: Jerry Pratt discusses the evolution and future of humanoid robots and bipedal walking

53:31 | Aug 15th, 2017

Today’s podcast features Ken Ford and Dawn Kernagis interviewing their colleague, Dr. Jerry Pratt, a senior research scientist at IHMC who heads up the institute’s robotics group. In 2015, Jerry led an IHMC team that placed second out of 23 teams fro...Show More
Episode 43: Jeff Volek explains the power of ketogenic diets to reverse type 2 diabetes

1:07:19 | Aug 1st, 2017

Today’s episode features an important interview with Dr. Jeff Volek, a researcher who has spent the past 20 years studying how humans adapt to carbohydrate-restricted diets.  His most recent work, which is one of the key topics of today’s interview, ...Show More
Episode 42: Tom Jones discusses defending Earth against the threat of asteroids

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2017

Frequent STEM-Talk listeners will more than likely recognize today’s guest, veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones, who joins us today to talk about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. Tom occasionally helps co-host STEM-Talk. But for episode 42, regula...Show More
Episode 41: Dr. David Diamond talks about the role of fat, cholesterol, and statin drugs in heart disease

0:00 | Jul 4th, 2017

Dr. David Diamond is a University of South Florida professor in the departments of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology and director of the USF Neuroscience Collaborative. He is well known for research that looks at the effects of str...Show More
Episode 40: Allan Savory talks about the global importance of restoring the earth’s grasslands

1:08:49 | Jun 20th, 2017

Joining us for this special edition of STEM-Talk is Robb Wolf, who will co-host today’s show with Ken Ford, STEM-Talk’s regular co-host and chairman of the Double-Secret Selection Committee which selects all the STEM-Talk guests. Wolf is the New Y...Show More
Episode 39: Suzana Herculano provides a new understanding of how our brains became remarkable

1:20:24 | Jun 6th, 2017

Prior to Dr. Suzana Herculano-Houzel’s research, scientists assumed that the brains of all mammals were built in the same way and that the overall brain mass as compared to body mass was the critical determinant of cognitive ability. It was to res...Show More
Episode 38: Dr. Mark Lupo discusses thyroid nodules and cancer

1:37:49 | May 23rd, 2017

Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States, especially among women. In Florida, thyroid cancer trails only melanoma skin cancer as the state’s fastest rising cancer. Today’s guest on episode 38 of STEM-Talk has made ...Show More
Episode 37: Gary Taubes discusses low-carb diets and sheds light on the hazards of sugar

2:00:28 | May 9th, 2017

The front pages of Gary Taubes’ new book on sugar feature a blurb excerpted from the magazine Scientific American: “Taubes is a science journalist’s science journalist who researches topics to the point of obsession – actually, well beyond that po...Show More
Episode 36: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter Discusses His Life in Rock ‘n’ Roll and the U.S. Intelligence Community

1:07:31 | Apr 25th, 2017

In a rare departure from interviews with scientists and engineers, STEM-Talk Host Dawn Kernagis and IHMC Director Ken Ford interview Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter about his life as a musician and founding member of Steely Dan, and how he went on to become a...Show More
Episode 35: Stuart McGill explains the mechanics of back pain and the secrets to a healthy spine

1:57:45 | Apr 11th, 2017

Back pain has become the world’s leading cause of disability. Stuart McGill has been at the forefront of non-surgical approaches to addressing back pain for many years. His 2015 book "Back Mechanic: The Secrets to a Healthy Spine Your Doctor Isn't...Show More
Episode 34: Jim Stray-Gundersen explains how blood flow restriction training builds muscle and improves performance

1:23:30 | Mar 28th, 2017

Blood-flow-restriction training is a topic of growing interest. But as IHMC director and STEM-Talk co-host Dr. Ken Ford points out, there’s also a great deal of misinformation about the training. Episode 34 of STEM-Talk addresses some of that misi...Show More
Episode 33: Dr. Natalie Batalha talks about exoplanets and the possibility of life in our Milky Way and beyond

1:34:19 | Mar 14th, 2017

Dr. Natalie Batalha’s STEM-Talk interview was so contagious that Dawn Kernagis said it made her dream of returning to school to get a second graduate degree in astronomy. “Hearing Natalie talk about her research had all of us in the STEM-Talk stud...Show More
Episode 32: Dr. Claire Fraser explains how our gut microbes improve our health, prevent disease and even play a role in our mental health

1:22:13 | Feb 28th, 2017

Women who are pregnant often talk how careful they are about what they eat and drink. They’re careful, points out Dr. Claire Fraser, because they’re feeding their baby. “Well, we should all think about diet in the same way that pregnant women do,”...Show More
Episode 31: Dr. Michael Turner, who coined the phrase ‘dark energy,’ talks about the deepest issues in cosmology

0:00 | Feb 14th, 2017

Dr. Michael Turner makes a “big bang” in the world of theoretical cosmology. Translation: He’s an expert on the universe—what it’s made of, what’s in its future, and how it came to be. Turner is the Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Direc...Show More
Episode 30: Art De Vany Talks About Hollywood Economics, the Paleo Way, and the Role of Fitness and Diet in Aging

1:23:22 | Jan 31st, 2017

Dr. Art De Vany is an American economist known for his work on the Hollywood film industry. He is perhaps best known, however, as the grandfather of the paleo diet, a high-protein, high-fiber way of eating similar to the way our hunter-gather ancesto...Show More
Episode 29: Leonard Wong Discusses a Culture of Dishonesty in the Army

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2017

Dr. Leonard Wong, a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College, led an important study titled: “Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession.”  The study, which was published in 2015 generated mu...Show More
Episode 28: Mike Gernhardt Discusses the Overlapping Challenges of Working Undersea and in Space

52:57 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Mike Gernhardt’s career epitomizes the scientific overlap between the depths of the ocean and Outer Space. A NASA astronaut, Gernhardt started his career as a professional diver and engineer on subsea oil field construction and repair projects around...Show More
Episode 27: Robb Wolf Discusses the Paleo Diet, Ketosis, Exercise, Nicotine … and Much More!

1:35:13 | Dec 20th, 2016

For fitness and Paleo Diet aficionados—and perhaps regular STEM-talk listeners—Robb Wolf is the type of esteemed guest who needs no introduction. Many people already know him by his best-selling book, “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet,” (h...Show More
Episode 26: Richard Moon discusses deep-sea and high-altitude medicine

0:00 | Dec 6th, 2016

Dr. Richard Moon had an unusual inspiration to practicing medicine: a television show, in black and white, entitled, “Medicine in the ‘60s.” He remembers being blown away by watching live surgeries performed on the show. This eventually led him to a ...Show More
Episode 25: James Briscione discusses the art & science of food & flavor

0:00 | Nov 22nd, 2016

James Briscione’s stellar cooking career began humbly: As a teenager, he washed dishes at a now defunct restaurant (named Jubilee) on Pensacola Beach. He quickly rose through the ranks, at age 24 becoming the chef de cuisine at the Highlands Bar and ...Show More
Episode 24: Doug McGuff talks about resistance training, myokines, strength and health

1:34:56 | Nov 8th, 2016

One could say that Dr. Doug McGuff is one of the pioneers of BMX motocross bike racing in Texas. He built the state’s first race track, having gotten hooked on the sport as a teenager in the 1970s. The sport also triggered a deeper interest in fit...Show More
Episode 23: Michael Griffin discusses his tenure as NASA administrator and the challenges of space exploration

0:00 | Oct 25th, 2016

On March 11, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Griffin to serve as the 11th Administrator of NASA. He was confirmed by the Senate on April 13, 2005 and served until January 20, 2009. Griffin knew NASA well. He had bee...Show More
Episode 22: Dr. Kerry Emanuel Discusses Hurricane Prediction and Projection

0:00 | Oct 11th, 2016

Hurricanes are a leading source of insured losses, and a major cause of human and economics loss in the world. But from an insider’s view, they are also breathtakingly beautiful. Dr. Kerry Emanuel, a leading hurricane expert, compares flying into the...Show More
Episode 21: Yorick Wilks Discusses the History and Future of Natural Language Processing

1:01:55 | Sep 27th, 2016

In this episode of STEM-Talk, we talk to one of our own senior research scientists, Dr. Yorick Wilks, renowned for his work in natural language processing. Wilks is also a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield in England...Show More
Episode 20: Dr. Alessio Fasano discusses the gut microbiome and how it affects our health

1:00:03 | Sep 13th, 2016

When Alessio Fasano entered medical school at the University of Naples (Italy) School of Medicine, his goal was to eliminate childhood diarrhea. Working with a mentor who’d studied the physiology of the gut, Fasano decided to focus on the microorgani...Show More
Episode 19: Dr. Dawn Kernagis talks about life undersea during NASA’s NEEMO-21 Mission

0:00 | Aug 30th, 2016

For this special episode of STEM-Talk, IHMC Research Scientist and STEM-Talk Host Dawn Kernagis sits on the other side of the microphone. This summer, Dawn was one of six divers selected for NASA’s NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) ...Show More
Episode 18: Dr. Colin Champ talks about how the right nutrition and exercise can help treat cancer

1:30:02 | Aug 16th, 2016

As STEM-Talk Host Dawn Kernagis points out in this interview, guest Colin Champ looks like he could be featured on the television show “The Bachelor.” But the striking young doctor (who alas, is in a serious relationship) is a radiation oncologist at...Show More
Episode 17: Dr. Pascal Lee talks about preparing for the exploration of Mars & its moons

1:23:53 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Dr. Pascal Lee is not the first Renaissance man to be interview on STEM-Talk, but his impressive biography merits that moniker. “An artist, helicopter pilot, polar researcher, planetary scientist, and a pioneer in thinking about possible human fu...Show More
Episode 16: Joan Vernikos discusses the effects of gravity on humans in space and on earth.

1:08:55 | Jul 19th, 2016

If you want to feel like an astronaut, lie in bed all day. That may seem counter-intuitive, but the body experiences the two scenarios in a similar way. The absence of gravity in space mimics the affects of lying down flat—and not using gravity to ou...Show More
Episode 16: Joan Vernikos discusses the effects of gravity on humans in space and on earth.

1:08:55 | Jul 19th, 2016

If you want to feel like an astronaut, lie in bed all day. That may seem counter-intuitive, but the body experiences the two scenarios in a similar way. The absence of gravity in space mimics the affects of lying down flat—and not using gravity to ou...Show More
Episode 15: Brian Shul talks about piloting the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane

58:49 | Jul 5th, 2016

Brian Shul speaks softly and carries a big stick. The American war hero every bit worthy of Roosevelt’s words flew 212 missions in the Vietnam War before his nearly fatal crash. With his body severely burned, Shul was in so much pain that he wanted t...Show More
Episode 15: Brian Shul talks about piloting the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane

58:49 | Jul 5th, 2016

Brian Shul speaks softly and carries a big stick. The American war hero every bit worthy of Roosevelt’s words flew 212 missions in the Vietnam War before his nearly fatal crash. With his body severely burned, Shul was in so much pain that he wanted t...Show More
Episode 14: Dominic D’Agostino discusses the physiological benefits of nutritional ketosis

1:55:31 | Jun 21st, 2016

Dominic D’Agostino looks like a bodybuilder. But that doesn’t mean that he eats a diet typical for that sport; on the contrary, the research scientist—and amateur athlete—can go an entire day without eating and says his performance—both in the lab an...Show More
Episode 14: Dominic D’Agostino discusses the physiological benefits of nutritional ketosis

1:55:31 | Jun 21st, 2016

Dominic D’Agostino looks like a bodybuilder. But that doesn’t mean that he eats a diet typical for that sport; on the contrary, the research scientist—and amateur athlete—can go an entire day without eating and says his performance—both in the lab an...Show More
Episode 13: Kelvin Droegemeier talks about the past, present and future of weather prediction

1:09:36 | Jun 7th, 2016

When Kelvin Droegemeier watched the Wizard of Oz as a child, the tornado scenes scared him so much that he didn’t want to look. Today, the esteemed meteorologist watches storms for a living—with a particular interest in tornados. From his upbringi...Show More
Episode 13: Kelvin Droegemeier talks about the past, present and future of weather prediction

1:09:36 | Jun 7th, 2016

When Kelvin Droegemeier watched the Wizard of Oz as a child, the tornado scenes scared him so much that he didn’t want to look. Today, the esteemed meteorologist watches storms for a living—with a particular interest in tornados. From his upbringi...Show More
Episode 12: Dale Bredesen discusses the metabolic factors underlying Alzheimer’s Disease

1:25:39 | May 24th, 2016

Dr. Dale Bredesen says Alzheimer’s Disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Dr. Bredesen has developed a novel therapeutic approach that addresses the underlying metabolic changes leading to development of the disease. D...Show More
Episode 12: Dale Bredesen discusses the metabolic factors underlying Alzheimer’s Disease

1:25:39 | May 24th, 2016

Dr. Dale Bredesen says Alzheimer’s Disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Dr. Bredesen has developed a novel therapeutic approach that addresses the underlying metabolic changes leading to development of the disease. D...Show More
Episode 11: Kirk Parsley discusses why good sleep is more important than nutrition and exercise

1:15:45 | May 10th, 2016

If we could only sell people on the importance of sleep as successfully as we sell them on the pleasures of sex, we’d have a much healthier—and happier bunch. This is one of sleep expert Kirk Parsley’s messages. Parsley calls sleep “the greatest ...Show More
Episode 11: Kirk Parsley discusses why good sleep is more important than nutrition and exercise

1:15:45 | May 10th, 2016

If we could only sell people on the importance of sleep as successfully as we sell them on the pleasures of sex, we’d have a much healthier—and happier bunch. This is one of sleep expert Kirk Parsley’s messages. Parsley calls sleep “the greatest ...Show More
Episode 10: Barry Barish discusses gravitational waves, LIGO, and the scientists who made it happen

1:02:45 | May 3rd, 2016

In many respects, Barry Barish is the quintessential scientist: soft-spoken and modest, he is also completely dedicated to the pursuit of pure science. Barish is currently the Linde professor of physics at Caltech. He’s a leading expert on gravitatio...Show More
Episode 10: Barry Barish discusses gravitational waves, LIGO, and the scientists who made it happen

1:02:45 | May 3rd, 2016

In many respects, Barry Barish is the quintessential scientist: soft-spoken and modest, he is also completely dedicated to the pursuit of pure science. Barish is currently the Linde professor of physics at Caltech. He’s a leading expert on gravitatio...Show More
Episode 9: Rusty Schweickart discusses asteroids and planetary defense

49:44 | Apr 26th, 2016

Rusty Schweickart remembers when getting a man on the moon was at the top of the national agenda. JFK’s single minded decision to do that, according to Schweickart, “was perhaps the gutsiest, goal-setting episode in human history.” And Schweickart...Show More
Episode 9: Rusty Schweickart discusses asteroids and planetary defense

49:44 | Apr 26th, 2016

Rusty Schweickart remembers when getting a man on the moon was at the top of the national agenda. JFK’s single minded decision to do that, according to Schweickart, “was perhaps the gutsiest, goal-setting episode in human history.” And Schweickart...Show More
Episode 8: Greg Smith discusses the herpes virus

1:01:45 | Apr 19th, 2016

Roughly 80 percent of the U.S. population is infected with the herpes virus. While the virus is very easy to get, it remains dormant in many people, who never even know they have it. This is partly because it effectively evades the immune system, tak...Show More
Episode 8: Greg Smith discusses the herpes virus

1:01:45 | Apr 19th, 2016

Roughly 80 percent of the U.S. population is infected with the herpes virus. While the virus is very easy to get, it remains dormant in many people, who never even know they have it. This is partly because it effectively evades the immune system, tak...Show More
Episode 7: Mark Mattson talks about benefits of intermittent fasting

56:36 | Apr 12th, 2016

Intermittent fasting—alternating days in which you fast or eat only a few hundred calories a day—may have significant long-term health benefits, according to some researchers. Dr. Mark Mattson is a leading expert on intermittent fasting, and one ...Show More
Episode 7: Mark Mattson talks about benefits of intermittent fasting

56:36 | Apr 12th, 2016

Intermittent fasting—alternating days in which you fast or eat only a few hundred calories a day—may have significant long-term health benefits, according to some researchers. Dr. Mark Mattson is a leading expert on intermittent fasting, and one ...Show More
Episode 6: Michael Turner discusses LIGO & the detection of gravitational waves

52:06 | Apr 5th, 2016

Michael Turner is best known for having coined the term “dark energy” in 1998. A theoretical cosmologist at the University of Chicago, Turner has dedicated his career to researching the Big Bang, dark energy and dark matter. He wrote his Ph.D. th...Show More
Episode 6: Michael Turner discusses LIGO & the detection of gravitational waves

52:06 | Apr 5th, 2016

Michael Turner is best known for having coined the term “dark energy” in 1998. A theoretical cosmologist at the University of Chicago, Turner has dedicated his career to researching the Big Bang, dark energy and dark matter. He wrote his Ph.D. th...Show More
Episode 5: Margaret Leinen discusses health of the oceans

1:08:20 | Mar 29th, 2016

Margaret Leinen is a big name in oceanography. She’s the director of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute and vice chancellor of marine sciences at Scripps. She was previously assistant direct of the National Science Foundation, where she worked with ...Show More
Episode 5: Margaret Leinen discusses health of the oceans

1:08:20 | Mar 29th, 2016

Margaret Leinen is a big name in oceanography. She’s the director of the Scripps Oceanographic Institute and vice chancellor of marine sciences at Scripps. She was previously assistant direct of the National Science Foundation, where she worked with ...Show More
Episode 4: Harrison Schmitt discusses being the first scientist on the moon

1:05:42 | Mar 22nd, 2016

In this episode, we talk with Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, the first and only scientist to land on the moon. Schmitt was part of the Apollo 17 Mission in 1972, the last Apollo mission. The geologist turned NASA Astronaut, turned U.S. senator, talks ab...Show More
Episode 4: Harrison Schmitt discusses being the first scientist on the moon

1:05:42 | Mar 22nd, 2016

In this episode, we talk with Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, the first and only scientist to land on the moon. Schmitt was part of the Apollo 17 Mission in 1972, the last Apollo mission. The geologist turned NASA Astronaut, turned U.S. senator, talks ab...Show More
Episode 3: Rhonda Patrick discusses why your genes influence what you should eat

45:49 | Mar 15th, 2016

Before Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick "stumbled into research"—at the renowned Salk Institute—the Southern California native was a biochemistry major and a passionate surfer. She's still an avid surfer, but of her college major, Patrick said, "I wasn'...Show More
Episode 3: Rhonda Patrick discusses why your genes influence what you should eat

45:49 | Mar 15th, 2016

Before Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick "stumbled into research"—at the renowned Salk Institute—the Southern California native was a biochemistry major and a passionate surfer. She's still an avid surfer, but of her college major, Patrick said, "I wasn'...Show More
Episode 2: Br. Guy Consolmagno: The Vatican Astronomer

58:24 | Mar 8th, 2016

Guy Consolmagno is not your typical scientist. The director of Vatican Observatory is also a Jesuit Brother, astronomer extraordinaire, MIT graduate, former Peace Corp volunteer and self-described science fiction geek. The second-generation Italia...Show More
Episode 2: Br. Guy Consolmagno: The Vatican Astronomer

58:24 | Mar 8th, 2016

Guy Consolmagno is not your typical scientist. The director of Vatican Observatory is also a Jesuit Brother, astronomer extraordinaire, MIT graduate, former Peace Corp volunteer and self-described science fiction geek. The second-generation Italia...Show More
Episode 1: Peter Attia on how to live longer and better

1:20:34 | Mar 1st, 2016

Dr. Peter Attia, the guest for this episode of STEM-Talk, is a modern-day "Renaissance man," says IHMC CEO Ken Ford. That term gets tossed around a lot, but in Attia's case, it's true. He is a top-notch physician, a former McKinsey consultant, and an...Show More
Episode 1: Peter Attia on how to live longer and better

1:20:34 | Mar 1st, 2016

Dr. Peter Attia, the guest for this episode of STEM-Talk, is a modern-day "Renaissance man," says IHMC CEO Ken Ford. That term gets tossed around a lot, but in Attia's case, it's true. He is a top-notch physician, a former McKinsey consultant, and an...Show More