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P is for Parapsychology

Caitlin Crandell probes the mind of Dean Radin, whose research at universities and think tanks, including Princeton and SRI, helped inform the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Read story.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

O Is for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

"Everybody has some OCD tendencies," says UCSB doctoral student Rene Staskal in this latest installment of Curiouser and Curiouser. Read story.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

N is for Neuroscience

Nicole de Ayora approaches Professor Aaron Ettenberg with a few questions about neuroscience, and following a minor tiff over protocol, the two have a lovely emailed conversation about the drug habits of runway model rats. Read story.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

M is for Marijuana

Carla Amurao quizzes Rich Powell, a UCSB lecturer on the biological action of psychoactive recreational drugs. Read story.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

L Is for Lesbian

Carla Amurao interviewed not one but two professors on the subject. A lively discussion follows with Leila Rupp and Verta Taylor, who were hired by UCSB as a couple and who chair UCSB's Women's Studies and Sociology Departments, respectively. Read story.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

K Is for Kabbalah

In this amusing face-to-face interview with Rachel Wilkinson, religious studies professor Richard D. Hecht compares Kabbala the ancient Jewish mystical tradition with Kabbalah the spiritual trend popularized by Madonna (the Hollywood celebrity, not Jesus's mom). Read story.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

J Is for Jealousy

Davis Buss is one of the leading lights of evolutionary psychology, a controversial discipline holding that human psychology was designed via natural selection to solve problems faced by ancestors who lived in hunter-gatherer societies way back home in the Pleistocene epoch. Read story.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

I is for Investing

Rajnish Mehra, a Professor of Finance in UCSB's Department of Economics, tries to explain the stock market to Martha Sadler. Read story.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

H Is for Horticulture

This week's brilliant scholar is environmental horticulturalist Jan Scheinle, maven of Santa Barbara Community College's Lifescape garden, that latter-day Eden where hundreds of edible ornamentals bloom and fruit. In this exchange of emails, she and Martha Sadler discuss the importance (or not) of soil amendments, and the advisability (or not) of peeing on plants. Read story.

Friday, February 2, 2007

G is for Genome

Professor Eduardo Orias, who has mapped its genome, discusses the seven genders of the tiny predatory protozoan known as Tetrahymena, the possibility of creating giant unicellular organisms, our potential immortality, and other scenarios. Are they science, or science fiction? Judge for yourself when you read this week's installment of plain talk with brilliant scholars. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

F is for Feminism

Martha Sadler discusses the subject with UCSB's Dr. Jacquiline Bobo, author of Black Women Film and Video Artists, Black Feminist Cultural Criticism, and Black Women as Cultural Readers. And if anyone should be able to explain the intersection of race and femininity in Amercian visual media, it's Dr. Bobo. Read story.

Friday, January 12, 2007

E Is for Energy

The Indepedent's consumate reporter attempts to answer such questions as "Where does energy come from?" and "Why is the sky blue?" The answers might surprise you, especially if weren't paying enough attention in physics class. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

D is for Dream

For this week's Curioser and Curioser, Martha Sadler sat down for a chat with Stephen Aizenstat, the founder and president of Pacifica Graduate Institute, a co-founder of Earth Day, and an internationally respected expert on dreams. Read story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

C is for Corporation

This week, Martha Sadler quizzed UCSB's Professor Charles Kolstad on the topic of corporate responsibility. "This is a big area of discussion," he told her, "particularly within environmental circles." He proved concise but insightful. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

B is for Biology

For this edition of Curioser and Curioser, Martha Sadler sent questions via email to UCSB professor Alice Aldredge, who is the chair of the Depatment of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology and teaches the animal kingdom portion of the university's introductory biology series. Read story.

Monday, November 27, 2006
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