The SciCom Interviews

  • May 1, 2017James Collins

    James Collins, evolutionary biologist

    Gene drives could save species from pathogens, but this researcher cautions it may be too soon to manipulate organisms using this technology

  • May 1, 2017Robin Dunbar

    Robin Dunbar, evolutionary psychologist

    This British scientist searches for the underpinnings of social bonding in humans and primates and its effects on our classrooms and religion.

  • May 1, 2017Eran Elinav

    Eran Elinav, immunologist

    The trillions of microbial inhabitants in our gut determine how our bodies react to everything we ingest, says this Israeli scientist.

  • May 1, 2017B. Brett Finlay

    B. Brett Finlay, microbiologist

    This researcher argues that an assault on beneficial microbes might be driving a rise in childhood asthma.

  • May 1, 2017Jacquelyn Gill

    Jacquelyn Gill, paleobiologist

    We can learn a lot about our environmental fate by looking back at the era of mammoths and warm forests, says this socially active scientist.

  • May 1, 2017Dan Kahan

    Dan Kahan, psychologist and lawyer

    This researcher studies how curiosity—not just knowledge—about science influences public perceptions of highly contested topics.

  • May 1, 2017Susan Kidwell

    Susan Kidwell, paleobiologist

    Paleontologists often look deep into the past, but this scientist examines what the more recent fossil record might teach us.

  • May 1, 2017Claire Kremen

    Claire Kremen, conservation biologist

    Domestic and wild bees are dying from disease, pesticides and lack of nutrition. This researcher is studying how farmers can help.

  • May 1, 2017David Scholnick

    David Scholnick, marine biologist

    When lawmakers called this researcher’s work on shrimp “frivolous,” he spoke out in support of silly-sounding science.