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Living Lab Radio: December 22 and 23, 2019

Michal Jarmoluk

“If you have scientific misconduct, there are some clear rules that have been around for quite a while where your funding could be at jeopardy. We thought that sexual misconduct should be at that level. Even laboratory safety is an issue that can have consequences, so we said that – at the minimum – [sexual misconduct] should be at least at the level of scientific misconduct and safety.” – Joyce Wong

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Joyce Wong of Boston University is among nearly two dozen scientists calling for sexual misconduct to be treated like scientific misconduct and recommending specific policies to combat implicit bias and boost women’s STEM careers.
  • Mechanical engineer Kristin Myers shares her unique perspective on the science of pregnancy. Understanding how the uterus stretches and the cervix softens could be critical to addressing risks like preterm birth.
  • Veterinarian Bridget Baker says we can’t know for sure whether animals are miserable in winter, but understanding how they cope can hint at their experiences.
  • Aude Watrelot of Iowa State University explains why measuring a wine’s dryness is harder than tasting it. Astringency, tannins, and friction are all factors she’s working with.
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Elsa Partan is a producer and newscaster with CAI. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.