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Dr. Biology Goes to Washington DC: Science for Everyone

Dr. Biology's goes to Washington D.C. and tackles some of the ways everyone can be part of science - even if you are not a scientist. Listen to what he finds out from Cheryl Zook (independent film maker), Elizabeth Pennisi (science writer), and Nancy Pelaez (program director - NSF-EHR/DUE).

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Topic Time
Introduction by Dr. Biology - what the show is all about.... 00:25
Plane takes off 01:08
In subway station 01:43
Independent film maker Cheryl Zook 02:43
How do you use science in your film making? religious and cultural themes 03:02
The Gospel of Judas 03:31
We are not scientists ourselves and rely of scientists to tell stories. [Cheryl] 04:41
How does your role as a storyteller and documentary film maker fit within science? 05:09
Were you every going to be a scientist? 05:53
Were you always gong to be a film maker? 06:04
What kinds of jobs and experiences did you have along the way? 06:43
If you were not a film maker what would you be? 07:23
What is the advantage to being in Washington D.C. 07:52
You also do a lot of traveling. Can you tell us about some of the locations? The travel bug. 08:14
Do you like to travel? Learning different views and different cultures. 09:07
Subway escalator on the way to talk with Elizabeth Pennisi 10:37
Intro to Elizabeth Pennisi, science writer for the Journal Science. 11:21
What is your role in science? 11:37
Where you always going to be a writer or science writer? 12:53
Do you get to travel as a science writer? 13:39
What role do you think your writing for Science Magazine fill? 14:06
How do you prepare for your interviews? 14:46
What would you do if you could not be a writer? [canoeing - kayak instructor] 15:31
What advice do you have someone that wants to be writer? 16:36
Was it hard to get to where you are as a writer? 17:27
What's it like to live and work in Washington D.C.? 18:02
Description of her 11th floor office. 18:45
In the subway on the way to NSF and the coffered ceilings. 19:08
Intro to Nancy Pelaez, program officer at NSF (National Science Foundation) 20:07
Acronyms and the TLA acronym. 20:32
NSDL - National Science Digital Library, what is it? 21:07
How much money are we going to spend on the NSDL this year? Where does the money come from?/ 21:37
What do we get with the money being spent each year? 22:08
Have you liked being in Washington D. C.? 22:45
How do you get to NSDL? 23:34
What is your favorite NSDL project? 23:45
Can teachers get involved with NSDL? 24:45
A fun activity / experiment to try on your own and become a part of the NSDL. 25:02
If you were not a scientist, what would you be? 25:57
Do you see some new technologies that teachers and students will want to try out? [tagging] 26:24
What kind of careers are there for those that do not want to be a laboratory or field scientist? 27:19
Travel is a common theme in the sciences. 28:03
Sign-off - Jazz concert in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden off the Capital Mall. [experimentation, scientific method, making decisions - Afro Bop Alliance] 28:51

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Dr. Biology Goes to Washington DC: Science for Everyone

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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