Missing Women, eSports, Virtual Schools, Story Obsession
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 308
- Jun 1, 2016 11:00 pm
- 1:42:49 mins
Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Guest: Kathryn Blaze Baum, National Reporter for The Globe and Mail Newspaper The official count from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is that some 1,200 indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered during the past 30 years, but the actual number could be closer to 4,000 according to research by the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Many of the women vanished along a remote roadway in British Columbia that’s become known as the Highway of Tears. Canada’s prime minister has now launched a national inquiry into the disappearances and murders of indigenous women. E-sports Athletes Guest: Claire Schaeperkoetter, Doctoral Student at the University of Kansas Last year, the University of California, Irvine built a state-of-the-art arena with high-end computers to host big video gaming competitions. They added a stage and studio webcasting games live. And they offered 10 academic scholarships for students who will join the team. Let me repeat that – a major public research university is now offering scholarships to students for doing the very thing so many parents consider a colossal waste of time. Now get this – there are five universities in the country who offer scholarships to gamers as athletes. Not academic scholarships like at UC Irvine. We’re talking athletic scholarships – like you could be recruited to the football team, or you could come play for the school’s e-sports team. Virtual Blended Schools Guest: Gary Miron, PhD, Professor of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University Education experts have been saying for some time now, that online instruction is the future. Getting to that future has posed some growing pains. The 2016 Virtual Schools Report from the National Education Policy Center shows student performance lags on a number of measures at schools that are entirely online and those that blend virtual and face-to-face instruction. America’s Obsession with Stories Guest: Qi Wang, PhD, Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Author of “Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture” America is the home of Facebook and the epicenter of the selfie culture. From memoirs and blogs to reality TV and Snapchat, we seem driving to divulge the intimate details of our lives. Bacteria Crash Testing Guest: Daniel Austin, PhD, BYU Chemistry Professor With diseases like Ebola and Zika lurking around the globe we are very aware of the importance of preventing cross contamination across individuals, but what about planets? When traveling through space NASA tries their hardest to be a good planetary neighbor. They go to great lengths to keep Earth bacteria from accidentally hitchhiking to Mars and potentially vice versa. To better understand what they can expect from our microscopic tag-alongs NASA is funding BYU researchers to see how well bacteria survive when they crash into a surface at high speeds. Incredibly, the team has yet to discover a speed at which bacteria will not survive impact. The Cost of Being an Ethical Boss Guest: Russell Johnson, PhD, Professor of Management at Michigan State University Enron. Worldcom. Volkswagen. Just a few company names that have, at some point, been synonymous with scandalous dishonesty. Business researchers have spent a lot of time in the last two decades studying the value of hiring leaders who make ethical choices. What’s less-studied is how consistently those upstanding leaders manage to do right. Whether or not, say, making tough ethical choices can wear a person down and lead to lapses in judgment the next day – maybe unfairly lashing out at an employee.