Monday, August 26, 2013 - Dr. Pamela Owen, Paleontologist

26Aug

This week we interview paleontologist Dr. Pamela Owen.  Dr. Owen is the Senior Biodiversity Educator at the Texas Natural Science Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  Pamela discussed the diversity of biology in Central Texas.  One of her discoveries includes the characterization of a badger skeleton in New Mexico, using high resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography.  Dr. Owen demonstrated a sample badger pelt and skeleton in the KVRX studio!  We heard about Dr. Owen's start as a student worker at the La Brea tarpits in Los Angeles, CA.

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Monday, August 19, 2013 - Guest “Dr. Dr.” Art Covert - Computer simulations of deleterious mutations in evolution

19Aug

Art Covert has a dual PhD in Computer Science and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. "Dr. Dr." Covert explains his recent paper "Deleterious Mutations as Stepping Stones in Adaptive Evolution".  Art uses the Avida software package for studying computer generated mutations in evolution.  Art also described his Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) stream, a program at the University of Texas at Austin to get Freshmen undergraduates involved in real research.  

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