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Think Science

Think Science is a live event held quarterly. These panel discussions and mini-lectures on a variety of topics in the fiend of science feature researchers, innovators, and practitioners from South Texas discussing their field of work, often sharing the latest developments.

Think Science: Sleep

Nov 17, 2017

If you don’t get enough of it, you’ll develop health problems. If you do it too much, people think there’s something wrong with you.

Sleep is something our body needs just the right amount of. But why? And to what purpose?

Think Science: Humor

Aug 18, 2017

What makes you laugh? And why is it funny? Do you guffaw when Moe hits Curly over the head with a wrench, or is the witty, urbane comedy of Woody Allen or Whit Stillman more your style? And is there anything universally funny?

Perhaps you’ve heard about the human genome, the base structure of our DNA. And DNA is complicated, for sure. But did you know that the genes on our microbiome outnumber those in our genome by 100 to 1? Our microbiome is made up of the many microorganisms (bacteria, fungi) that reside on and within our body. And where the human genome is permanent, our microbiome is acquired at birth and changes along with our body throughout life.

Think Science: Memory

Feb 17, 2017
Disney/Pixar

What happens to us when something… happens? How do humans make memories, and where do they go in our brains? Does the mind work like a filing cabinet, or is it more like your computer’s hard drive? And what happens to the brain when memory starts to fail? These are some of the questions we asked of two panelists at our lunchtime discussion, Think Science: Memory.

Think Science: STEAM

Sep 23, 2016
Jo Sittenfeld / RISD

For years, STEM has been primary school education’s shiny penny. It’s a focus on developing students and teachers’ talents in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with an eye toward readying young minds for the jobs of the future.  President Barack Obama’s dream is for American students to “move from the middle of the top in science and math.”

Jim Dalglish / TPR

If you’ve been tuned in to TPR for any amount of time over the past month, you know about our Dare To Listen campaign, where we’re encouraging open dialogue, civil discourse, and listening—to new ideas, to new concepts, to different opinions, maybe even a different type of music. But most of all, we’re encouraging you to listen to each other.

Nathan Cone / TPR

What does it take to survive in the face of adversity? What about sickness? A major disaster? Why do some people seem ‘stronger’ than others? At TPR’s Think Science: Human Resilience, on May 27, the audience heard stories about people who have been through traumatic events, and a local researcher offered his own perspective on what makes it possible for humans to bounce back.

"Resiliency comes from hope." --Dr. Marian Sokol

 

Think Health Science: Advances In Pain Management

May 19, 2016

When the rock legend Prince died earlier this year, it was revealed that the performer suffered from opioid addiction. Injuries in the 1980s perhaps led to the prescription drug addiction that would end his life. But there are alternative ways to manage chronic pain, and at Think Health Science: Advances in Pain Management, TPR listeners learned about some of these treatment methods, and got a multifaceted look at the use of opiates to treat pain.

NASA

After 50 years of serving the Alamo City, San Antonio College’s planetarium was renovated and reopened in 2014 as the Scobee Education Center, named after Dick Scobee who died in NASA’s Challenger accident.

A group of researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have developed a way to deliver nanoparticle radiation directly to the brain tumor and keep it there. The method doses the tumor itself with much higher levels of radiation, twenty to thirty times the current dose of radiation therapy to patients, but spares a much greater area of brain tissue. 

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