Teacher Shortage, Leisure and Health, Women Live Longer
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 121
- Aug 17, 2015 9:00 pm
- 1:45:10 mins
Teacher Shortage (1:02) Guest: Ross Brenneman, Assistant Editor at Education Week Teacher In many districts around the country, they’re in short supply of teachers, even as school is back in session. The New York Times recently noted large urban districts including Louisville, Nashville, Oklahoma City and Providence, Rhode Island are scrambling to fill spots. Charlotte, North Carolina had more than 200 vacancies as of last week. Leisure and Daily Health (25:19) Guest: Matthew Zawadzki, Ph.D., Professor at University of California, Merced "Take it easy." "Lighten up." "Chillax." Most of us see the wisdom of a little leisure from time to time, right? A balance of work and play makes for better health and happiness in the long run – but it turns out that leisure activity also has immediate and measurable effects on the mind and body. Women Live Longer (41:32) Guest: Caleb E. Finch, Ph.D., Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California How many women do you know who have outlived their husbands? The world over, women can expect to live longer than men. The difference in life expectancy is a relatively recent phenomenon. Some have hypothesized smoking or a tendency toward risky behavior causes men to die earlier. But new analysis of mortality data from the turn of the century suggests the culprit is far more mundane – it’s the heart. 2016 Rio Olympics (52:11) Guest: Bryan McCann, Ph.D., History Professor at Georgetown University By this month next year the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—the first South American city in history to host the Olympic games. After hosting the World Cup last summer, you can say that the past few years have been both exciting and busy for the country. Before the World Cup, Brazil scrambled trying to finish last minute preparations, resulting in unfinished stadiums and hotels for it attendants, and it seems that history might be repeating itself for next year’s Olympic games. Second Green Revolution (1:02:22) Guest: Jonathan Lynch, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Nutrition, Genetics and Physiology at Penn State University The world’s population is outpacing our ability to feed everyone with current agricultural practices, says Penn State plant scientist Jonathan Lynch. During a visit to BYU’s campus, Lynch spoke with BYU Radio’s Marcus Smith about the struggles facing in countries like Africa, where water is scarce, erosion is degrading the soil, cheap sources of phosphorous for fertilizer are running out and farmers lack the expertise to improve the output of their crops. Lynch says agricultural “business as usual” will not suffice to feed Earth’s billions in the coming decades. Parent Previews (1:14:42) Guest: Rod Gustafson, Critic at parentpreviews.com Rod Gustafson of Parent Previews joins us to discuss the latest movies. Stylish is the word I’d use to describe the weekend’s big new movie, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” It’s a period spy film based on the popular 1960’s TV series. Then, Gustafson offers his insights on "Ricki and the Flash". The movie stars Meryl Streep as an aging rock musician with a lot of regrets about her family life. Tech Transfer (1:27:32) Guests: Bill Baker, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at BYU; Ken Meyers, CEO of goreact.com; Mike Alder, Director at BYU's Technology Transfer Office If it’s been awhile since you were in school, I’m going to ask you to think back to what might have been among the more stressful moments in your college career . . . the class presentation. Maybe your final grade was riding on it. Maybe it was a group project you and your classmates had rehearsed for weeks. PowerPoint was the newfangled thing we had to incorporate into our presentation when I was in college. While we spoke – and sweated – in front of the class, I recall my professor scribbling notes so furiously it was rare to see her actually looking at us. That was 20 years ago, and I’m told things haven’t changed much. But they could if more professors were to adopt the technology Bill Baker came up with. It’s a quick and easy way for people to record a presentation and then offer feedback moment-by-moment.