About once a month at Sigma Xi headquarters, we liven up the lunch hour with an
talk. In these informal lectures, scientists describe new research to non-scientists. Each Pizza Lunch offers an in-depth look at its subject, whether it's bedbugs or the smart grid.
After each talk,
editors chat with the speakers about their research. Anyone can listen in via our
Pizza Lunch podcast. Don’t miss our rich archives of full-length audio slideshows of earlier lectures, too.
Most scientists will tell you that one of the inspirations for their work is to somehow benefit mankind, whether
that’s through new medicines or a better understanding of the formation of the universe. But how can scientists ensure that mankind knows about their work?
Science author and journalist
discusses how scientists can become better communicators of their research.
In this podcast, he discussed with
managing editor, Fenella Saunders, some of the ways he’s found to help scientists become more effective communicators.
Dr. Ron Alterovitz
, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks about current and future research and challenges involving robots used in clinical and home environments.
In this podcast, Dr. Alterovitz talks about his research on creating algorithms for robots and their use mainly in surgical and home environments.
Dr. Ilse Ipsen
, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University, goes in-depth about how mathematicians can use the
Monte Carlo method
, and other tools, to wrestle with the deluge of data emerging from the wide variety of scientific research areas.
In this podcast, Dr. Ipsen speaks with associate editor, Katie Burke, about her research and viewpoints on using the Monte Carlo method and big data.
Dr. Sukanta Basu
, associate professor, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University.
Dr. Basu talks about the benefits and challenges of wind power and what it could mean for the future of renewable energy. His field of study is boundary layer meteorology , which addresses some of the widespread uses of wind power.
In this podcast, Dr. Basu speaks with associate editor, Katie Burke, about his work and viewpoints regarding wind power usage.
, evolutionary anthropologist, Duke University
Hare is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and is interested in what dogs can do cognitively that humans and other primates cannot do. Are humans really the most intelligent species?
In this audio slideshow, Hare spoke to associate editor Katie L. Burke about what we can learn about our own species by studying dogs and bonobos.