alan burns & the quest for a good mattress

Alan Burns is a research associate at the Social Research Science Center at Mississippi State University where he handles all of the communication for the center. The center conducts $10 million worth of research annually in social economic, political, and human resource issues. Right now Alan completed the planning phase of the SRSC’s annual report, which will be released in October. In 2012, Alan Burns obtained an internship at the media collaboration lab within the SRSC. And later he obtained a grad assistantship then took over the lab. The group talks about the accountability of students who are new to a work environment.

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scott silverman & the pokes of the facebook

Scott Silverman is the associate dean of the Emeritus Program for older adults at Santa Monica College. Silverman conducted research on the early days of social media, which initially started as free speech and the internet, but changed when his boss told him to shut down Facebook on his campus. Side projects are Scott’s middle name. He was a co-editor of the book “How to Survive your Freshman Year,” which was the Reader’s Choice in 2012 for the Best College Survival Guide. 

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kasandrea sereno & the six flights to nashville

Kasandrea Sereno is the lead academic advisor at the University of South Florida. She is completing her doctorate in higher ed organizational leadership at Vanderbilt University and is the head of My Advisor Says, an independent academic consulting company that helps those who want to go to college. Kasandrea talks with Lougan and Jackie about her doctoral work, advising technology and the importance of the advising relationship to retention and student success. 

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thea zunick & the feeling of not doing anything


Talk about a higher ed superhero, Thea Zunick serves as the director of student life at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On top of that, she is an adjunct professor University of the Sciences and Montclair State University while volunteering for AFA, NASPA, and greek organizations. She talks about the platforms that online classes can use to create engagement. The group talks about how meetings can be unproductive at times. 

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kyle wrather & the podcast about podcasts

Could we refuse a guest who is working on a dissertation about the commercialization and professionalism in podcasts? Kyle Wrather is earning his Ph.D. and is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film. Kyle is looking at podcasts from 2005 to now and how advertising has been integrated. He discusses how people debate the name podcasting, the adaption of podcasts into tv shows, and how audio blogging was the predecessor for this new format.

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Podcasts Mentioned in this Episode

Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica Podcast
British History Podcast
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
Hello from the Magic Tavern
Huffington Post Recap
Improvised Star Trek
Jordan, Jesse, Go!
Lore
Media Business Matters
Mission to Zyxx
Mugglecast
My Brother, My Brother and Me
My Favorite Murder
NPR Politics Podcast
Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody
Slate Culture Gabfest
Slate Political Gabfest
Serial
StartUp (Inspired Alex, Inc.)
Bubble
The Daily from the New York Times
The Good Place Podcast
The Weeds from Vox
Trumpcast

viorica marian & lougan can sort of curse in tagolog

Viorica Marian may be known for a viral tweet, but she’s also a psycholinguist, cognitive scientist and the Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. There she conducts research on bilingualism/multilingualism and the consequences of knowing more than one language for the human linguistic, cognitive, and neural architectures. During the show, Viorica explains the science behind her research, and we talk everything from bilingualism’s effect on cognition to Yanny & Laurel. We also discuss her now famous tweet and the discourse that happens online.

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