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Barbara Oakley

Special Guest

Biography:

Barbara Oakley is an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Michigan, where she does research on the effects of electromagnetic fields on biological tissues, as well as on novel antenna designs. One of the few women to hold a doctorate in systems engineering, Oakley is a recent vice president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She has been at the forefront of efforts to expand the bioengineering profession and has won teaching-related awards from such organizations as the National Science Foundation. Oakley's work has appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times to the IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience.

Oakley's academic career came after a series of globetrotting adventures that got her dubbed a female Indiana Jones. While knocking back tumblers of vodka with the captain of a Soviet fishing boat during the height of the Cold War, she was told, You know too much, it's time to kill you a rhyme in Russian. She chronicled her stint as a maritime translator in Hair of the Dog: Tales from Aboard a Russian Trawler.

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Dangerous Kindness

Prof. Barbara Oakley joined Ian Punnett to discuss how some people may be too kind for their own good - eventually causing great pain and tragedy for themselves and their loved ones. In the first hour, forensic psychology expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland talked about the Long Island serial killings and her new book, The Mind of a Murderer. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Evil Genes & Personality Disorders

Prof. Barbara Oakley discussed the minds of truly evil people and explained how history has been influenced by the combination of genes and the environment. "Genes do matter for personalities and they especially can matter for nasty personalities,"... ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett
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