NGSNavigators Podcast Encore #12 - Tyus D. Williams


On this podcast encore, we take a look back at Episode 35 of the NGSNavigators Podcast featuring Tyus D. Williams, a wildlife ecologist. Tyus shared with us his research on sea turtles and jaguars.

Be sure to check out the original Episode 35 blog post for these resources, show notes, and more!

Note: Tyus has asked to acknowledge and correct two mistakes made during his statements in this episode:

1. Statement: Felids are apex predators in almost every major biome.

Correction: Felids can be found in every biome on Earth and many are apex predators utilizing resources from ocean and freshwater systems as well. They are also found throughout Alaska and Canada, where some parts of the geography veer into the Arctic circle. An example of this species would be the Canada lynx.

2. Statement: There are 47 cat species.

Correction: There are 38-40 species of wild cats that are recognized.

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Episode 025: Meet a Clinical Psychologist: Sarah Victor


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In this episode, we meet clinical psychologist, Sarah Victor. She explains what a clinical psychologist does, and how it differs from other types of psychologists and other mental health professionals like social workers & psychiatrists. Sarah describes her research on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide. She is interested in identifying the between-persons factors that increase risk for these problems, as well as within-persons factors that contribute to short-term changes in self-harm risk in daily life.

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  • 02:00 - 05:30   Sarah's research on self-injury, suicide and adolescents
  • 07:00 - 12:00   How clinical psychologists differ from other mental health professionals
  • 12:00 - 15:30   Skills needed to be...
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Episode 024: Improving Photosynthesis with Dr. Steven Burgess





Meet plant biologist, Dr. Steven Burgess. In this episode Dr. Burgess talks about his research in improving photosynthesis to increase crop yields. He also tells us about important skills needed to be a scientist which he believes are important skills for everyone. Are we teaching these skills in our NGSS classrooms? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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  • 02:30 - 08:25    Learn about Steven's work with the RIPE lab
  • 06:30 - 11:45    Computational modeling and genetic modification
  • 12:15 - 13:30    How does this impact global warming? 
  • 15:30 - 19:00    How Steven got involved with this research
  • 19:30 - 23:55    Chlorophyll and light absorption
  • 24:30 - 29:30    Skills Steven thinks students need to pursue careers in...
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