Zika Virus, Happiness, Organ Donation, Student Success, Tech
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 223
- Feb 1, 2016 11:00 pm
- 1:41:25 mins
Zika Virus (1:03) Guest: Sallie Permar, MD, Pediatrician and Director of Neonatal Viral Pathogen Immunity at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute In a matter of just over a week, the Zika Virus has jumped to the front page of US newspapers and has been the subject of emergency meetings at the CDC and World Health Organization. Pregnant women are being advised not to travel to countries where Zika is spreading because of the virus’ possible link to birth defects. Zika is a mosquito-borne illness that has spread to at least 23 countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Officials in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Jamaica, are urging women not to get pregnant at all until the threat has passed. Happiness (18:42) Guest: Harvey Krahn, PhD, Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Much has been made of the mid-life crisis, when many studies show happiness tends to stall out among adults after rising steadily through the golden years of adolescence and young adulthood. But new research published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests middle-aged adults are as happy as they’ve ever been – and maybe even more so. Organ Donation (35:36) Guest: Nancy Scheper-Hughes, PhD, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley How desperate would you have to be to sell a kidney? Say you live in a third-world country, you’re mired in poverty and donating a kidney could fund an education for your child? Or, suppose you live in a war-torn country and a kidney could pay your passage to freedom? These are extreme, but not necessarily uncommon, in the very active international market for buying and selling organs. But Medical Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes says far too often the market is unkind to donors. She says having two kidneys doesn’t mean you’ve got a spare. Donors are often in poor health and worse-off financially after giving up a kidney. Student Success (51:05) Guests: Mark North, PhD, Visiting Professor of Psychology at BYU; Hunter Hill, Research Assistant and BYU Student Many of us can attribute our love for a subject because of a teacher, and there’s research to back the claim. How do student-teacher relationships influence learning outcomes? Parent Previews (1:08:42) Guest: Rob Gustafson, Film Reviewer at ParentPreviews.com We discuss film “The Finest Hours,” about a US Coast Guard rescue. Tech Transfer: Long-Term Data Storage (1:19:51) Guests: Barry Lunt, PhD, BYU Information Technology Professor; Mike Alder, Director of BYU’s Technology Transfer Office CDs, DVDs, flash drives…they’re unwieldy, but really, what better solution do we have for keeping stuff that’s important to us? Computers crash. The Cloud is so new, you have to wonder if storing stuff on Google or Apple’s servers is really a permanent solution. One day it could be gone in a puff. BYU information technology professor Barry Lunt has come up with a solution that is so durable he calls it “permanent storage.” It’ll survive a fire, a flood and even the passage of 1000 years.