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5G, Edge Computing and AI 32 mins – “As one of the nation’s largest wireless communication providers, over 120 million subscribers count on Verizon to stay connected, but we’re not just talking about phones. Today, Verizon and IBM are working together to better connect entire industries. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Srini Kalapala VP, Global Technology, Strategy and Network Cloud at Verizon and Steve Canepa, Global GM & Managing Director of IBM’s Communications Sector about how 5G, Edge Computing and AI will reshape the way work gets done.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Agriculture Technology 20 mins – “Today’s show connects back to episode 241 with Craig Rupp of Sabanto, where we talked about, among many other things, how the Climate Corp has been able to become a central data collection platform on so many large scale farms. Ranjeeta Singh, the Chief Product Officer of The Climate Corp joins us to further explore data ownership, product strategy and design thinking. Ranjeeta was hired last year to drive the product strategy and roadmap for Climate’s digital farming solutions. She has more than two decades of background in hardware and software at the intersection of IoT, AI and data science with companies like Intel and Teradata. She holds five patents at Intel, and multiple publications. She is also the recipient of the “Top 50 under 50 most powerful women in technology”. Her perspective as someone coming from a career in tech to now a career in agtech is something I found interesting and insightful.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” to get the podcast.
AI and How Work Is Done 31 mins – “With hybrid cloud and AI, businesses today can challenge the limits of how they put their data to work across the organization. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Rob Thomas, SVP Cloud and Data Platform at IBM about what’s possible, and the steps businesses can take to access more of their data to help them make more informed decisions” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI and Human Ethics 30 mins – “Artificial intelligence can help or hurt us on our quest for a more equitable world. We learn about the history of computer ethics, some of the issues in AI ethics today and what challenges we have to overcome in the future.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aviation Careers 1 22 mins “Welcome to the inspirational, informational, and transparent aviation careers podcast. Joining me today is Dustin Dryden – the Founder and Chairman of Volare Aviation based out of London Oxford Airport in the UK. We will be discussing the future of air travel and how the pandemic has shifted flying and what career opportunities have arisen around the world. ” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Aviation Careers 2 22 mins – “Welcome to the inspirational, informational, and transparent aviation careers podcast. Today we discuss careers in aviation law with Jenny Urban.” At the link left-click “Downloa and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Cancer and Radiation Therapy 38 mins – “The state between localized cancer and wide-spread metastatic disease is termed oligometastatic. This presentation explores radiotherapy and the principles of treatment for oligometastasis.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Carbon Neutral Ranch 17 mins – “Fourth generation cattle rancher Loren Poncia and his wife Lisa transformed Stemple Creek Ranch into one of the few carbon neutral livestock ranches in the United States, and have since made their ranch carbon positive, sequestering more carbon than they emit. Lisa and Loren spoke with Guy about how consumers are helping drive the sustainable farming movement, and how they doubled down on online retail after many restaurants shut down. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they’re navigating turbulent times. ” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change 56 mins – “Climate change represented the biggest global health threat of this century but tackling it successfully is the greatest health opportunity of the century. The University of California has a strong sustainable practices policy. This presentation looks at the measures being in healthcare and at the UCSF campus and hospitals. Recorded on 12/01/2020. (#36494)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change and Health 82 mins – “Climate change affects the health of all Americans. The adverse health consequences are projected to worsen with additional climate change. Kristie Ebi, University of Washington, explains that proactive adaptation policies and programs reduce the risks and impacts from climate-sensitive health outcomes and from disruptions in healthcare services. Additional benefits to health arise from explicitly accounting for climate change risks in infrastructure planning and urban design. Recorded on 11/10/2020. (#36491)
Corona Virus Identification 59 mins – “As the United States continues to set new daily record levels for coronavirus cases Dr. George Rutherford, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF, explores what we know about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and what the future holds. He talks about intervention, vaccines and models of super spreading.” At the link right-click “36498” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Covid 19 Delivery to Minority Communities 35 mins – “The continuing spread of SARS-CoV-2 remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. What physicians need to know about transmission, diagnosis, and treatment of Covid-19 is the subject of ongoing updates from infectious disease experts at the Journal. In this audio interview conducted on March 30, 2021, the editors are joined by Carlos Del Rio from the Emory University School of Medicine and Chidi Akusobi from Harvard Medical School to discuss ensuring vaccination equity in minority communities.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Covid and Blind 13 mins – “Peter Wilkins tells us about the loss of his wife who died in a care home he was barely allowed to visit due to Covid restrictions. He says the isolation felt by those with sight loss in care homes is unbearable. And London Underground changes its policy for blind and visually impaired users. Physically assisted guidance is resuming after it was stopped for eight months due to Covid.” At the link left-click “Download,” then left-click “Lessor quality” to get podcast.
Covid Identification 53 mins -”With COVID-19 diagnostic testing, people who test positive can isolate and get care earlier. Dr. Charles Chiu, UCSF Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine / Infectious Diseases, explores the various tests and their features. He also talks about SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequencing and its uses and a new study to identify biomarkers of the virus. Recorded on 10/28/2020. (#36497)” At the link right-click “36497” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Covid Research 44 mins – “UCSF scientists studying a key enzyme used by the virus that causes COVID-19 have identified chemical building blocks that might eventually be used to make an antiviral drug. The chemical fragments could bind to and disable the enzyme, called the “macro domain,” which is a crucial part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus’s ability to replicate in human cells. James Fraser discusses the finding from this research. Recorded on 12/02/2020. (#36500)” At the link right-click “36500” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cowpox to mRNA 19 Vaccines 5 mins – “On the Shoulders of Giants — From Jenner’s Cowpox to mRNA Covid Vaccines – Interview with Dr. Paul Offit on how more than two centuries of vaccine advances have paved the way for Covid-19 vaccines. In September 2008, Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman, and their colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania modified messenger RNA (mRNA) using nucleoside analogues. These modifications stabilized the molecule and eliminated its capacity for inducing innate immunity, thereby making mRNA a promising tool for both gene replacement and vaccination.1 In December 2020, on the basis of safety and efficacy data generated in two large, placebo-controlled studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorizations for two mRNA vaccines for the prevention of Covid-19. Clearance of this hurdle by the first mRNA vaccines represents the most recent in a series of breakthroughs in the realm of viral vaccines, each building on the last and each with a compelling record of disease prevention. The first major vaccine-related advance occurred in 1796, when Edward Jenner, a physician working in southern England, found that an animal virus (cowpox) could protect against disease caused by a human virus (smallpox).2 One hundred years would pass before viruses would be identified as causative agents of disease; nevertheless, the notion that infectious diseases could be prevented by vaccination was born. Jenner’s work ultimately led to the eradication of a disease that is estimated to have killed more than 300 million people in the 20th century. The strategy of using animal viruses to prevent human diseases continues today with a rotavirus vaccine that is derived in part from a bovine strain of the virus. The second breakthrough occurred nearly a century after the first. In 1885, Louis Pasteur found that the spinal cords of rabbits that had been experimentally inoculated with rabies virus were no longer infectious after 15 days of desiccation.3 On July 6, 1885, Joseph Meister, a 9-year-old boy who had been attacked by a rabid dog 2 days earlier, visited Pasteur’s laboratory. Using a series of inoculations with suspensions of desiccated rabbit spinal cords, Pasteur saved Meister’s life. Rabies, a disease with a mortality of virtually 100%, was now preventable after exposure. Pasteur had opened the door for vaccines made with physically or chemically inactivated viruses. During the 20th century, notable successes that relied on the killed-virus strategy included an influenza vaccine developed by Thomas Francis in the early 1940s, a polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk in the mid-1950s (Salk had trained in Francis’s laboratory at the University of Michigan), and a hepatitis A vaccine developed by Philip Provost and Maurice Hilleman in 1991. The third major advance in vaccinology occurred in 1937, when Max Theiler attenuated yellow fever virus by means of serial passage in mouse and chicken embryos.4 By forcing the virus to grow in nonhuman cells, Theiler introduced a series of blind genetic alterations in the virus that rendered it less capable of causing disease but still capable of inducing protective immunity. For this work, Theiler was awarded the 1951 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Derivatives of Theiler’s yellow fever vaccine are still used today. The latter half of the 20th century witnessed an explosion of live attenuated viral vaccines developed using his technique. In the early 1960s, Albert Sabin, who had trained in Theiler’s laboratory at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, made a polio vaccine by weakening polio viruses using serial passage in monkey kidney and testicular cells. Other live attenuated vaccines followed, including vaccines to prevent measles (1963), mumps (1967), rubella (1969), varicella (1995), and rotavirus (2008) The fourth breakthrough occurred in 1980, when Stanford biochemists Richard Mulligan and Paul Berg published findings from their experiments that involved transfecting monkey kidney cells with an Escherichia coli gene and thereby causing mammalian cells to make a bacterial protein.5 Recombinant DNA technology was born. Made using yeast or baculovirus-expression systems, vaccines containing purified surface proteins from hepatitis B virus (1986), human papillomavirus (2006), and influenza virus (2013) have since become available. Although there is still much work to be done to address vaccine hesitancy, build trust, and ensure equitable benefits from vaccination, the list of vaccine successes in the United States is long. After the introduction of Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine, for example, the incidence of polio dropped from 29,000 cases in 1955 to fewer than 900 in 1962. With the introduction of Sabin’s live attenuated vaccine in the early 1960s, polio was eliminated from the United States. Since its licensure in 2006, the bovine–human reassortant rotavirus vaccine has virtually eliminated rotavirus, preventing up to 75,000 hospitalizations and 60 deaths per year. During the 2019–2020 influenza season, the influenza vaccine prevented an estimated 7.52 million infections, 3.69 million medical visits, 105,000 hospitalizations, and 6300 deaths in the United States….Now, the world faces its most devastating pandemic since 1918, when influenza virus killed about 50 million people. As of January 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 virus had killed more than 500,000 people in the United States and more than 2.5 million people worldwide. Vaccines are again being tapped as an important component of the public health response. With more than 180 research institutes and 100 companies worldwide involved in vaccine-development efforts, every strategy that has ever been used to make vaccines is being advanced against SARS-CoV-2. New technologies are also being used. With the recent authorization of mRNA vaccines, we have entered the fifth era of vaccinology. This class of vaccines doesn’t contain viral proteins; rather, these vaccines use mRNA, DNA, or viral vectors that provide instructions to cells on how to make such proteins. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic will be an important test of whether these new platforms can fulfill their promise of creating safe, effective, and scalable vaccines more quickly than traditional methods. If they pass this test, the next task will be to accomplish equitable, efficient vaccine distribution — which would represent an even greater achievement.” At the link you can listen, view the transcript and view the slides. A copy of the audio portion is included in this blog archive.
Digital Fingerprints 40 mins – “How has the Digital Age improved the centuries-old practice of fingerprinting? We explore the history of fingerprint tech and explain how modern scanners use optics, capacitance, heat and ultrasound to create prints that are harder than ever to hack.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Epidemic Lessons Learned 25 mins – “The continuing spread of SARS-CoV-2 remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. What physicians need to know about transmission, diagnosis, and treatment of Covid-19 is the subject of ongoing updates from infectious disease experts at the Journal. In this audio interview conducted on March 23, 2021, the editors are joined by historian of medicine Allan Brandt, who assesses the impact of pandemics on human society and the outlook for the post-Covid world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farm Data Analytics 14 mins- “Terry and I discussed how farm data should be valued, some of the nuances of adoption of variable rate technology, and why he doesn’t advise farmers to jump headfirst into joining a data service.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” to get the podcast.
Farm Data Economics 14 mins – “This is one of two short episodes I’m releasing for you today, both exploring some aspect of farm data. You may have already listened to the first part with Dr. Terry Griffin at Kansas State University. Now we turn our attention to another Purdue graduate, Aaron Gault, cofounder and agronomy manager of Advanced Agrilytics. Advanced Agrilytics offers agronomy services equipped with their analytics platform, which helps farmer customers get a better picture of what’s working and not working in their agronomic practices. Aaron focuses on in-season crop management and the understanding of real-time crop performance influenced by the environmental conditions of any given growing season. Aaron’s ability to integrate yield response probability with in-field stimuli is a key component of Advanced Agrilytics sub-acre approach to understanding yield. Before joining Advanced Agrilyitcs, Aaron worked as a professional agronomist for leading agriculture companies. Aaron and I discuss what makes Advanced Agrilytics approach different from others, how this aspect of the precision agriculture industry has evolved, and how the farmer can best utilize their own data to improve their operation.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” to get the podcast.
Farm Data Economics 14 mins – “For the first time, I’m releasing two episodes on the same day. I’ve trimmed each of the two episodes down to about half of my normal length so the total time commitment on your part is still about the same as a regular week, but if you’re a subscriber, you probably already noticed, there are two today. There’s a few reasons for this, but mostly it’s to try something new. This isn’t something I’m planning to keep doing on a regular basis, but maybe occasionally, if you like it, so let me know what you think. Both of today’s episodes are about farm data. This one you’re about to hear is on the economics of farm data with Dr. Terry Griffin, and the next one is on the analytics of farm data with Aaron Gault, which I encourage you to listen to after this one. I’ve been meaning to bring Dr. Terry Griffin on the show for a long time, because he is not only well-researched and data-driven, but as you’ll hear he’s not afraid to explore ideas that may be somewhat unconventional or even unpopular. Terry is associate professor and cropping systems economist at Kansas State University specializing in farm management and agricultural technology. For his achievements in advancing digital agriculture, Griffin has received the 2014 Pierre C. Robert International Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award, the 2012 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year, and the 2010 PrecisionAg Award of Excellence for Researchers.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” to get the podcast.
Forensic Science Impact on Criminal Justice 77 mins – “Speakers – Eric Martin, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice; James Anderson, Director, Justice Policy Program and Institute for Civil Justice, RAND Corporation; Kevin J. Strom, PhD Director, Center for Policing Research & Investigative Science, RTI International ; Donia Slack Researcah Forensic Scientist, Associate Director of NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), RTI International In 2004, the National Institute of Justice created the social science research on forensic sciences (SSRFS) research program to explore the impact of forensic sciences on the criminal justice system and the administration of justice. Much of the early research from the SSRFS program focused on DNA processing and the use of DNA in investigations and prosecutions. Now, after over ten separate research projects, including a demonstration field experiment, the SSRFS research agenda is set to enter into a new phase by approaching questions much broader than just the impact of DNA research on investigations. This panel will highlight notable projects on DNA processing efficiencies, cost-benefit analyses, and forensic evidence’s impact on investigations from both the SSRFS program and complementary NIJ research efforts. We will then discuss the next set of research topics the SSRFS program will explore and highlight outstanding questions from these topics.” At the link you can listen, download the transcript, and download the slides. A copy of the audio portion is included in this blog archive.
Global Warming Solutions 59 mins – “Complex problems can have shared solution. Explore actions that can simultaneously improve human health and health inequities, while mitigating global warming. Recorded on 12/08/2020. (#36495)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Progress 9 mins – “Since the start of the 20th century, there have been substantial reductions in deaths from infectious diseases in high-income countries. In the United States, infectious disease mortality fell from about 800 per 100,000 people in 1900 (accounting for nearly 50% of all deaths) to 50 per 100,000 people in 1950 (accounting for about 6% of deaths).1 Over the past three decades, a similar transformation has occurred in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. As immunization coverage of children increased to 80% worldwide, deaths among children younger than 5 years of age in these countries decreased by more than 50%. Global maternal mortality has also dropped by nearly 50% during this period, deaths from malaria have decreased by 60%, and the HIV infection rate has fallen by more than 40%. Poliovirus now stands on the brink of eradication….We believe it’s time for world leaders to heed warning signs, abandon half-measures, and commit to the global system we need to respond to the ever-present danger of emerging infectious diseases. We simply cannot afford the alternative.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.
Immunotherapy and Cancer 56 mins – “Immunotherapy has allowed many people with previously incurable cancers to live for years. This presentation explores the options of immunotherapy, radiation and surgery and the potential combination of treatments to treat skin cancer and head and neck cancer. Recorded on 11/12/2020. (#36505)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kodiak Cakes 52 mins – “When he was 8 years old, Joel Clark loaded bags of his mom’s whole grain pancake mix into a red wagon to sell door-to-door. By the mid-90s, he and his older brother had upgraded to selling the mix out of a Mazda sedan and calling it Kodiak Cakes. As he tried to scale the business, Joel made some risky business decisions and almost went bankrupt, but eventually got the brand into Target—a major turning point. Today, Kodiak Cakes is approaching $200 million in annual revenue as one of the best-selling pancake mixes in America.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Meera Deo 45 mins – “Most people did not think about a job in law teaching, and yet we’re waiting for them to come to us. They’re probably not going to come to us in any meaningful numbers. If a law school is willing to open the door and then just hope somebody falls in the door, it’s not going to happen, right? You kind of need to get out of your comfort zone and try things a little bit differently than you’ve been doing them or you’re probably going to keep getting the same result that you’ve already gotten…” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Student Mental Health 14 mins – “When an outbreak of COVID-19 cases led Norwich University to put the campus on lockdown, the school asked students to stay in their dorm rooms full time, except to use the bathroom. Pretty soon, the university’s president, Mark Anarumo, began to worry about the mental-health impacts of that social isolation. So Anarumo made an unusual decision: He moved into a campus dorm himself. The idea was to show solidarity, to see what it was really like and to get an on-the-ground sense of student mental health. He even made some videos that he posted to Facebook about the experience. Anarumo said he wanted to be treated like any other resident of the dorm, and that he wanted to try to keep it quiet. But word soon got out, including a feature in The New York Times. EdSurge connected with Anarumo to hear the story of his stint living on campus for this week’s EdSurge Podcast.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” from the pop-up window.