Food Design For Nutrition & Sustainability – Dr. Lara Ramdin, Dole Sunshine Foods

Lara Ramdin (Casey Curry/AP Images for Dole Packaged Foods)

”Think about food design as a system. We are innovating at the product end, but we’re also trying to innovate ….to get food that would be otherwise be wasted back into the food supply chain…(including through) canned (and frozen) fruit and vegetables, which are really good accessible nutrition,” especially in the face of climate change.… Continue reading Food Design For Nutrition & Sustainability – Dr. Lara Ramdin, Dole Sunshine Foods

Talking Science to Policy Makers – Michelle Wyman, National Council For Science and the Environment

“The part in this that is so important is the relationship building component, and that part takes time… (it) is the glue that brings cohesion across the issues and it enables a different form of listening and a different openness, in my view, that includes openness to hearing the science….. Science is the strongest tool… Continue reading Talking Science to Policy Makers – Michelle Wyman, National Council For Science and the Environment

Is Your Office Covid-Safe? – Rachel Gutter, Int’l Well Building Institute

“Employers need to be providing re-onboarding to every employee and for that matter for even every guest that comes into the building, because…..it comes down to each and every individual and their commitment to these new protocols and policies.” As we prepare to return to our offices, schools, coworking spaces, and houses of worship, while… Continue reading Is Your Office Covid-Safe? – Rachel Gutter, Int’l Well Building Institute

How to Talk Science to Policy Makers – Michelle Wyman, National Council For Science and the Environment

“The part in this that is so important is the relationship building component, and that part takes time… (it) is the glue that brings cohesion across the issues and it enables a different form of listening and a different openness, in my view, that includes openness to hearing the science….. Science is the strongest tool… Continue reading How to Talk Science to Policy Makers – Michelle Wyman, National Council For Science and the Environment

Democratizing Energy, Innovation & STEM Careers – Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox

Listen to this fascinating discussion with one of the world’s foremost business leaders and innovators, Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, Chief Technology Officer of Xerox, talk about “democratizing energy,” and driving innovation in large organizations. (Note: She went on to be COO of IBM Research and now is at MIT leading an innovation group. This was recorded… Continue reading Democratizing Energy, Innovation & STEM Careers – Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, CTO of Xerox

Earth Day and Data Science – Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network

“It’s really about voting…Commit to the greenest candidate you can. Period. For any office. Board of supervisors. School boards. Mayors. City Councils. Tweet at candidates. It’s all about politics. We’ve got the technology. We’ve got the capacity We have brilliant people, but…It’s about voting.” Kathleen Rogers Wow! It’s been 50 years since the first Earth… Continue reading Earth Day and Data Science – Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network

“Genius” Scientist Shares Her Secrets for New Ideas – Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University

“To me, creativity is the ability to connect, in often unexpected ways, observations or experiences or skills from completely different realms.” Ingrid Daubechies on Electric Ladies podcast The next time you send a photo to someone from your smartphone, and it asks you for which size to send, you’ll think about that decision differently after… Continue reading “Genius” Scientist Shares Her Secrets for New Ideas – Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University

Secret Success of Women in STEM – Ariane Hegewisch, Inst for Women’s Policy Research

“The biggest problem with the official surveys that we rely on a lot… [by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS], is that…the number of women isn’t plentiful enough yet to have enough data on an annual basis to come up with reliable estimates.” Ariane Hegewisch on Green Connections Radio.
There’s a little secret about the pandemic-economic recession that economists are not talking about much: that women in STEM jobs actually did pretty well. Why? Because STEM jobs are what economists call “professional” jobs and they have been in demand and therefore, not cut for the most part. Listen to Ariane Hegewisch, Program Director for Employment and Earnings at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research explain why and how women in STEM fields can benefit in this engaging conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

Lessons From Coronavirus For Future Climate Change Public Health Crises

Climate scientists have been warning us that, “Climate change carries a threat to human health and health care systems in the coming decades,” as ATS journal (of The American Thoracic Society) reported. I am not saying – and have not heard – that there is any association between the current novel coronavirus and climate change.  However, this outbreak and how we manage it does provide lessons for how we ought to prepare for and manage any potential increase in infectious diseases that scientists predict will come with the extreme weather events, droughts and other environmental ecosystem changes brought on by climate change.

Is AI Biased Against Women? Miriam Vogel, of Equal-AI

Miriam Vogel

Listen closely the next time you get directions on your smartphone or order Alexa to do something. Did you notice that the voices of personal digital assistants like GPS systems, Siri and Alexa are female? Why is that? Especially when the sophisticated problem-solving technologies like IBM Watson and Microsoft’s Einstein are named after men. That’s what a recent UN study found. But does that mean AI is biased against women?