Practically Speaking: Scientific Pragmatism, with Glenn Suter

Did you know that scientists practice philosophy in their everyday research? Just as IEAM bridges the gap between scientific research and the application of science in environmental problem-solving, pragmatism bridges scientific theory and practice. In this episode, we hear from Glenn Suter about pragmatism—a philosophy that underlies the scientific approach. He and Susan Cormier are the authors of a commentary entitled “Pragmatism: A practical philosophy for environmental scientists.” Access their article in the April 2013 issue of IEAM.

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Well Past Time to Stop Using NOELs and LOELs, with Wayne Landis and Peter Chapman

Drs. Landis and Chapman are authors of an editorial in the October 2011 issue of IEAM entitled, “Well Past Time to Stop Using NOELs and LOELs.” The editorial was essentially a call to end the use of these two measures in favor of more statistically robust approaches. Join us as we hear more from Wayne and Peter on their call to move away from relying solely on hypothesis testing.

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Discussing Challenges Posed by Radiation in the Environment, with Igor Linkov and Brad Sample

Radiation plume resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Igor Linkov and Brad Sample talk about the July 2011 series “Challenges Posed by Radiation and Radionuclide Releases to the Environment”—16 invited commentaries that were solicited as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan that occurred in March 2011. The commentaries address various aspects of radiation concerns.

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