Irfan S. Ahmad, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University of Illiniois
Yi Lu, Ph.D., Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois
Host: David Inge
Many scientists believe that nanotechnology, a field that involves engineering on a very small scale, has great potential to change both our economy and the way we live. At the nanoscale, materials we know well can have very different properties, making them valuable for a wide range of products. We’ll look at recent developments in this field here at the University of Illinois. We’ll have two guests, Irfan Ahmad, associate director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and Yi Lu, professor of chemistry.
Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Public Health
Host: David Inge
Scientists believe that the virus that causes AIDS jumped from chimpanzees to humans about a century ago. It had been confined to a small patch of southeastern Cameroon, and it might have stayed there had not Europeans come, ensuring the disease would spread as an accident of their efforts to exploit Africa’s resources. We’ll look at the role of colonialism in the spread of AIDS. Our guest will be medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin, co-author of the new book "Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It."
With Steven Kotler (Award-Winning Science Writer)
With Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D, (Emeritus Pellegrino University Research Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University)
With Thomas J. Anastasio, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology; Associate Professor of Biophysics; Associate Professor of Neuroscience; Member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois), and , and Wenyi Zhang (Ph.D. Candidate in Antropology, University of Illinois)
With Amy Stewart (Writer, Speaker, and Artist)
With Timur Kuran, Ph.D. (Professor of Economics and Political Science & Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University)
With Lisa Randall, Ph.D. (the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard University)
With David Kaiser, Ph.D. (the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science; Department Head, Program in Science, Technology, and Society; and Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, MIT)
With Mark W. Spong, D.Sc. (Dean of Engineering and Computer Science; the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas)