Luke Dittrich | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with award winning journalist Luke Dittrich for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue with the distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Luke Dittrich, author of “Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets, the story of Henry Molaison, who lost the ability to create memories after he underwent a lobotomy to treat his seizures. His case taught scientists a lot about how the brain creates and stores memories. The case was one of personal tragedy for Molaison, but a boon for the modern landscape of medicine and science.

Dittrich is the grandson of William Scoville, the doctor who performed Patient H.M.'s lobotomy. Additionally, Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, and a contributing editor at Esquire.

Greg Simon | Clinton School Presents

Greg Simon

Greg Simon, Director of Biden Cancer Initiative at the Biden Foundation. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Taskforce. A position created by President Barack Obama for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March of 2016. As Executive Director, he assembled and lead a team of eight professionals to support the work of the Vice President in developing and promoting the goals of the Cancer Moonshot. He also coordinated the work of the Taskforce comprised of twenty cabinet and subcabinet offices. 

Daniel Lucey | Clinton School Presents

Daniel Lucey

Interview with Daniel Lucey, a physician trained in infectious diseases and public health, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Daniel Lucey, a physician trained in infectious diseases and public health. He’s taught eleven years at Georgetown on global emerging infectious diseases. He’s travelled widely in Asia and the Middle East to exchange information regarding infectious diseases such as SARS, HIV and anthrax.

Taylor Wilson | Clinton School Presents

Taylor Wilson

Interview with Taylor Wilson, the youngest person in history to produce nuclear fusion, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Taylor Wilson, who at age 14 became the youngest person in history to produce nuclear fusion. Today, he continues his research to revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, combat terrorism using nuclear technology. 

Dr. S. James Gates, Jr. | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Dr. S. James Gates, Jr. for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Dr. S. James Gates, Jr.,  the director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland and member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology and a chief advocate of revisions to science education, including adopting the Next Generation Science Standards.

Vince Bertram | Clinton School Presents

Vince Bertram

Interview with Vince Bertram for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Dr. Vince Bertram, who is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides transformative educational experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Bertram serves as the education expert for the U.S. Department of State's United States Speaker and Specialist Program. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and other national publications, and in November 2014, became a New York Times bestselling author with his book One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis. Prior to joining PLTW, Bertram was a teacher, principal, and urban superintendent. He holds doctorate, specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Ball State and Harvard University.

Ashley Merryman | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Ashley Merryman for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down sat down with New York Times bestselling author, Ashley Merryman. She is the author of “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing,” reveals the hidden factors behind every sort of win and loss — from bringing home a Gold in Olympic swimming to bombing the SAT.

Alex Prud’homme | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Alex Prud’homme From for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs sat down with Alex Prud’homme, author of Hydrofracking: What Everyone needs to know, which attempts to cut through the maze of opinions and rhetoric to uncover key points, from the economic and political benefits of fracking to the health dangers and negative effects on the environment. He is the author of four other books, including “The Ripple Effect: the Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century,” and the co-writer of Julia Child's bestselling memoir, “My Life in France.

Kevin Padian | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Kevin Padian for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Kevin Padian, professor of biology at the University of California, Berkeley and president of the National Center for Science Education. He served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover, which successfully challenged the district’s decision to include the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolution theory.

Dr. George Crozier | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Dr. George Crozier for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Dr. George Crozier, senior marine scientist and executive director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab off the coast of Alabama, discusses the environmental impact of the recent Gulf oil spill. The sea lab is located at the mouth of Mobile Bay in an area directly impacted by the spill, and scientists there are studying the long-term effects of the oil on marine life and the coast. An expert in coastal zone management, Crozier earned his Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1968 and has served as executive director of the sea lab since 1979.