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Month: March 2013

Distillations #169 – Neighborhood Preservation

In this episode of Distillations, From the Distillations website:

Majestic old buildings testify to the rich history of cities across the world. But why do some of these buildings seem unaged while others rot just blocks away? The answer, sometimes, is science. On today’s episode of Distillations we’re looking at the role of chemistry in neighborhood preservation. First, producer Alex Lewis shares the efforts of a Philadelphia-based congregation trying to save its crumbling church. Then we talk to the Delaware Valley Green Building Council‘s Heather Blakeslee about how architects and developers restore aging structures to live new and greener lives.


Photo by Alex Lewis.

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WSP – Ayelet Waldman ’86

Ayelet Waldman is my new hero for so many reasons – she’s funny, she’s feminist, she’s honest, she’s a mother of four(!), and she’s a Wes grad. I had the great opportunity to interview her for the Wesleyan Storytelling Project over Homecoming Weekend 2012.

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Distillations #168 – So Argon Walks Into a Bar…

We get punny on this episode of Distillations. From the website:

So Argon walks into a bar. The bartender says, “We don’t serve noble gases here.” Argon doesn’t react.

Buh-dum-dum-ching! On today’s episode of Distillations we’re breaking out our best chemistry jokes to celebrate the sillier side of science. First, producer Daisy Rosario hits the comedy circuit to reveal how scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson are mixing education and entertainment on stage. Then CHF Fellow Deanna Day talks to historian Rebecca Onion about how the internet has cultivated a new generation of nerds and why it matters.


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