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Join us for a groundbreaking new primetime TV science show!

  • QED with Dr. B highlights breakthroughs in scientific discoveries that impact our daily lives
  • Hosted by “Dr. B” – COSI’s own President and CEO, Dr. Frederic Bertley
  • Featuring one-on-one talks between Dr. B and scientists, engineers and innovators from across the globe
  • Spotlighting cutting-edge science topics in a relatable, digestible way
  • New primetime show is the latest partnership between COSI and WOSU Public Media, a PBS affiliate station

Watch the QED with Dr. B trailer below:

From superbugs and viruses, to the science of race and artificial intelligence, watch us each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on WOSU TV.

Episode 8: The Science of Taste
From Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to the neural pathways that deliver flavor signals to the brain, explore how the science of taste is a delicious area of study.
Featuring conversations with:
Jeni Britton Bauer - Founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams;
Dr. Dana Small - Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the Yale School of Medicine;
Dr. Christopher Simons - Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University;
Dr. Melvin Pascall - Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University;

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Episode 7: Why We Exercise
Exciting new research shows how exercise changes more than just your muscles. Hear experts describe the physiological and psychological changes that can help make us happier, more social and more focused, regardless of our athletic abilities.
Featuring conversations with:
Dr. Daniel E. Liebermann - Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University;
Dr. Wendy Suzuki - Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University;
Dr. Kelly McGonigal - Health psychologist at Stanford University and author of The Joy of Movement

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Episode 6: Everyday AI
Artificial Intelligence is more than just a powerful computer to support social media. AI is sophisticated and living up to its promise to enhance our everyday lives – from robots that support and teach special needs children to algorithms that can help predict the risk of developing breast cancer.
Featuring conversations with:
Dr. Ayanna Howard - Dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering and an educator, researcher and robotics expert;
Dr. Regina Barzilay - Professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. AI Faculty Lead at MIT’s School of Engineering Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (J-Clinic);
Alex Timm - mathematician and CEO of Root Insurance. Mr. Timm uses AI to gather driving habit data to custom fit insurance policies;

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Episode 5: Climate Science (Part Two)
In this week’s episode, learn from a historian, a scientist, a communications expert and an ethicist about what climate means to us as a society, and how we can better communicate with others about climate science and climate change.
Featuring conversations with:
John Brooke - historian at The Ohio State University and author of Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey;
Dr. Aaron Wilson - atmospheric scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Institute;
Dr. Sara Yeo - assistant professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Utah;
Dr. Art Caplan - professor of bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center;

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Episode 4: Climate Science (Part One)
Learn how scientists are finding and using a variety of data to track changes in our climate. From a snapshot of Earth thousands of years ago in ice core samples, to predictive models that help us understand the future of the planet, we’ll discover how data is the foundational work of climate science.
Featuring conversations with:
Dr. Lonnie Thompson & Dr. Ellen Mosley Thompson - senior research scientists at Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University;
Dr. Kathy Sullivan - NASA astronaut and first American woman to walk in space, geologist, and oceanographer;
Dr. Kate Marvel - climate scientist, writer and storyteller;

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Episode 3: Decoding Viruses
Viruses can be deadly or benign yet remain fascinating because they always need a host to survive and reproduce. Scientists studying viruses are optimistic that viruses could actually benefit our lives and planet if their secrets are decoded.
Featuring conversations with:
Dr. Brian Ward - a professor in McGill University’s Division of Experimental Medicine;
Dr. Linda Saif - a distinguished professor of veterinary science at The Ohio State University;
Dr. Paul Offit - pediatrician who specializes in infectious disease and director of the Vaccine Education center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia;
Dr. Matthew Sullivan - professor of microbiology and the director of the Center of Microbiome Science at The Ohio State University;
Chris Bowler - current leader of the TARA Ocean Foundation;

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Episode 2: What Is Race?
Conversations about race with scientific experts who are tackling this charged topic from a variety of angles - how skin color is an adaptive trait and varies widely across the planet, how race is a social, not biological construct and how humans are in fact 99.9% identical, plus how even our technology is influenced by implicit bias.
Featuring conversations with:
Dr. Nina Jablonski - a professor in McGill University’s Division of Experimental Medicine;
Dr. Ann Morning - associate professions of sociology at New York University and author of The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach About Human Difference;
Dr. Charles Rotimi - director of the Trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) center for research in genomics and global health;
Kelly Capatosto - senior research associate at The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University;

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Episode 1: Bacteria, Superbugs and Antibodies
Learn about the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and how to keep safe from superbugs; discover how nanotechnology looks promising in treating late-stage sepsis and why mapping human antibodies can lead to breakthroughs in combating disease.
Featuring conversations with:
Dr. Thomas Wittum - professor and chair of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at The Ohio State University;
Dr. Emily Feyes - the director of The Ohio State University’s Veterinary Medical Center Antimicrobial Stewardship Program;
Dr. Yizhou Dong - associate professor of pharmaceutics and pharmacology at The Ohio State University;
Dr. Robert Carnahan - associate director for the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center;

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