Archive 2013

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Wednesday December 26th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, we’ll be back after the holiday break.
Wednesday December 19th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, we’ll be back after the holiday break.
Wednesday December 12th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, it’s finals week here at Georgia Tech.
Wednesday December 4th, 2013 noon-1pm Science in the ATL
Jennifer Kraft Leavey, the Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator at Georgia Tech joins us to talk about the upcoming Atlanta Science Festival in March of 2014.
Wednesday November 27th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, and we will be back next week with a new show.
Wednesday November 20th, 2013 noon-1pm Filmmaking Technology
John Thornton, who teaches video production at Georgia Tech, joins us to discuss the technology behind digital filmmaking, and how modern technology may be changing the way we make films.
Wednesday November 13th, 2013 noon-1pm Is Science the Only Game in Town?
On the heals of my discussion with Ian Hutchinson, author of Monopolizing Knowledge, we will discuss Scientism, the assertion that science is the only way to obtain knowledge.
Wednesday November 6th, 2013 noon-1pm Muti-Scale Modeling
In honor of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry we will talk about a very popular concept in science: Modeling Phenomena on Multiple Scales.
Wednesday October 30th, 2013 noon-1pm All about MOOCs
Mike McCracken, from the Cognitive Science Program Faculty and Director of On-Line Course Development & Innovation for the the Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities joins us to talk about one of the latest trends in education: Massive Open On-Line Courses (MOOCs).
Wednesday October 23rd, 2013 noon-1pm Teaching Science to Normal People
Jennifer Kraft Leavey, from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences, joins us to discuss her course on teaching Georgia Tech students how to effectively teach science to the public.
Wednesday October 16th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, and we will be back next week with a new show. Pete is busy hosting Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann who is reading a section of his poems at Georgia Tech today.
Wednesday October 9th, 2013 noon-1pm Technology Taming Traffic
Kari Watkins, from the Georgia Tech School of Civi and Environmental Engineering joins us to explain how technology can be used to optimize big city congestion without adding infrastructure.
Wednesday October 1st, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, and we will be back next week with a new show.
Wednesday September 25th, 2013 noon-1pm Complexity – Live with It
We are reviewing and exploring ” Living with Complexity,” Don Norman’s book on design. This book is currently the Georgia Tech 1st year reading selection.
Wednesday September 18th, 2013 noon-1pm Separations: The Forgotten Science
Efficient systems to separate substances is of critical importance in our lives, despite the fact that the general public is typically unaware of this important field. Ryan Lively, from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering joins us to describe the importance of separation processes, and the impact of modern separation systems on important fields including energy production.
Wednesday September 11th, 2013 noon-1pm T is for Thorium
Bojan Petrovic, from the Georgia Tech School of Mechanical Engineering joins us to discuss the Thorium Fuel Cycle and other innovations in modern nuclear reactor technology.
Wednesday September 4th, 2013 noon-1pm Stupidity in Scientific Research
We discuss the insightful essay “The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research,” by Martin A. Schwartz, and explore the why research is really carried out.
Wednesday August 28th, 2013 noon-1pm Science Writing: Fun and Important
Emory University Science Writer, Carol Clark, joins us to discuss the ins and outs of science writing and why it is both important and fun. Carol edits eScience Commons, a blog on science and society.
Wednesday August 21st, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this classic rewind of Inside the Black Box, and we will be back next week with a new show.
Wednesday August 14th, 2013 noon-1pm IT in the Real World
Mike Smith from the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business will share his strategies for bridging the gap between academia and practice by teaching his students how to effectively bridge the gap between business and technology.
Wednesday August 7th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
We are in between semesters and Austin, our chief engineer, is actually living his life. Join us next week for a brand new Inside the Black Box.
Wednesday July 31st, 2013 noon-1pm Conclusions, and Those Who Fear Them
“Conclusion Fear” is the topic of a recent project Pete is working on in engineering education with collaborator Wendy Newstetter. We will discuss how bright science and engineering students, who do great analysis, are sometime hesitant to draw conclusions out of fear of criticism from their instructors whom they see as domain experts.
Wednesday July 24th, 2013 noon-1pm How Your Brain Walks and Chews Gum at the Same Time
Eric Schumacher joins us to discuss the cognitive neuroscience of how your brain does more than one thing at a time and its ramifications for tasks in your daily life.
Wednesday July 17, 2013 noon-1pm Burn Baby Burn
Tim Lieuwen, Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, joins us to discuss recent advances in combustion research and some broader advances in energy production.
Wednesday July 10th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy this previously aired program. We’ll be back next week with a new Inside the Black Box..
Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 noon-1pm Kick Starting Science Research
Allison Mercer of the Georgia Tech Research Institute joins us to discuss GT Starter, a new way to fund science research via the public.
Wednesday June 26th, 2013 noon-1pm Listener Call-in Show
We discuss recent stuff from the American Society of Engineering Education in Atlanta, the role of citizen scientists, and answered questions from listeners on diversity in higher education.
Wednesday June 19th, 2013 noon-1pm The High Tech Side of Music
Gil Weinberg, the Director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology joins us to describe the connection between music and technology and its incarnation here at Georgia Tech.
Wednesday June 12th, 2013 noon-1pm Stand-Up Economics
Yoram Bauman, the World’s only stand-up economist joins us to talk about his use of humor to demystify economics.
Wednesday June 5th, 2013 noon-1pm No Show
Due to technical difficulties we were unable to bring you a show this week
Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 noon-1pm ACC Baseball
We were bumped due to an ACC baseball tournament.
Wednesday May 15th, 2013 noon-1pm John Bardeen: from Transitors to Superconductivity and Beyond
Lillian Hoddeson and Vicki Daitch, authors of True Genius: The Life and Science of John Bardeen, join us to discuss their biography of the only person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics twice.
Wednesday May 8th, 2013 noon-1pm TRIZ – More Than a Cool Russian Acronym
Jack Hipple, joins us to discuss TRIZ method for problem solving analysis and innovation. The name TRIZ is an acronym for a Russian phrase that roughly means “The theory or inventor’s problem-solving.”
Wednesday May 1st, 2013 noon-1pm Bees in Trouble
Michael Goodisman, from the Georgia Tech School of Biology, joins us to discuss Honeybee Colony Collapse Syndrome and its possible connection to a new class of pesticides..
Wednesday April 24th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Pete is busy grading Senior Design presentations so please enjoy this previously aired episode of Inside the Black Box..
Wednesday April 17th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Pete is busy grading Senior Design presentations so please enjoy this previously aired episode of Inside the Black Box..
Wednesday April 10th, 2013 noon-1pm Inventure 2013
The winners of the 2013 Georgia Tech Inventure Prize Competition Chris Taylor, and Erika Tyburski join us to discuss the competition, their inventions and the role of innovation in science and engineering education..
Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 noon-1pm
Science of Comedy

To celebrate the return of our original co-host Bill Hunt, we take on the science of comedy. Comedian Tim Northern joins us to look at the fundamentals of this important field..
Wednesday Mar. 27th, 2013 noon-1pm Electric Cars: Busting Myths and Smoking Tires
Tech Alum Chris Campbell, joins us again for an update on electric car technology on the eve of this weekend’s Georgia Tech Auto Show.
Wednesday Mar. 20th, 2013 noon-1pm The Buzz about Urban Honey Bees
Jennifer Kraft Leavey of the Georgia Tech College of Sciences joins us to discuss Tech’s new Urban Honey Bee Project. This project will raise honey bees on campus for use in undergraduate research and classroom projects.
Wednesday Mar. 13th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Pete is lecturing on the costing and sizing of process equipment so trust us, this Black Box replay will be much more interesting than that.
Wednesday Mar. 6th, 2013 noon-1pm The Shocking Truth about Electrodynamics
Andy Zangwill, from the Georgia Tech School of Physics, has just written a new textbook entitled Modern Electrodynamics, and he joins us to talk about this important topic in physics and why some many students struggle with it. Andy was our very first guest on WREK in 2008, and in honor of this occasion our former co-host Bill Hunt will join us as well.
Wednesday Feb. 27th, 2013 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Pete is out of town so please enjoy this previous recording from the Inside the Black Box archives.
Wednesday Feb. 20th, 2013 noon-1pm Amateur Science Research
Charlie Bennett from the Georgia Tech Library joins us to discuss the changing nature of technical library research and how the internet can provide amateurs with some useful resources.
Wednesday Feb. 13th, 2013 noon-1pm No Bad Chemicals Just Bad Chemical Names
Today’s title of from one of Pete’s bits he did in front of a bunch of MIT alumni last weekend, but it underscores the difficulty in assessing the complexities of chemical safety. We’ll chat about chemical safety and why determining it is so difficult.
Wednesday Feb. 6th, 2013 noon-1pm Testing Scientific Literacy
In 2009 we spoke with Chris Mooney about the book on the dangers of scientific illiteracy in the U.S. he co-authored with Sheril Kirshenbaum. Today we tackle the challenge of determining scientific literacy by chatting with Cara Gormally, of the Georgia Tech School of Biology, the Test of Scientific Literacy Skills (TOSLS) she recently developed with her collaborators Peggy Brickman from the Dept. of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia and Mary Lutz from the Dept. of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.
Wednesday Jan. 30th, 2013 noon-1pm Don’t Be Such a Scientist
We review “Don’t Be Such a Scientist,” a book on communication science to the public by Biology Professor turned film director Randy Olson. It provides some useful advice on how use geeks might better engage the public.
Wednesday Jan. 23rd, 2013 noon-1pm Minute Physics
Henry Reich, the talented artist behind the popular YouTube series MinutePhysics joins us to discuss this popular animated video series that teaches physics in about a minute.
Wednesday Jan. 16th, 2012 noon-1pm Robots: Why Don’t They Call Anymore
Lora Weiss from the Georgia Tech Research Institute joins us to discuss autonomous robot systems and what makes them work and think for themselves.
Wednesday Jan. 9th, 2012 noon-1pm Seismology on Trial
Reginald DesRoches, chair of the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering discusses the challenging field of seismology and a widely condemned, recent conviction of Italian officials over a misassessment of earthquake risk.
Wednesday Jan. 2nd, 2012 noon-1pm Classic Rewind
Please enjoy an encore presentation of Inside the Black Box while we take a brief break over the holidays.