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This is your brain on management
Advances in brain imaging validate behavioral theories about ethical thinking and effective leadership

Organizational theorist Richard Boyatzis was recently named one of the world’s most influential thinkers in human resources management.  But Boytzis does not think of employees as "resources."  He says they’re people, and effective managers treat them that way.   In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair sat down with Boyatzis to learn how a manager’s way of thinking can either motivate people or shut them down.
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Is Akron really the polymer capital?
The former rubber capital has undergone a decades long transformation into a center for polymer innovation, but does Akron really live up to its claim?

The University of Akron has a new dean of the College of Polymer Science and Engineering.  Why should you care? Well, for one thing, after the decline of the rubber industry, Akron is trying to build its reputation on polymer innovation. And because…polymers are everywhere.

WKSU's Jeff St. Clair reports in this week's Exploradio.
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Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Black children face many challenges on the way to academic achievement, including accusations that doing well in school means they're 'acting white'




A group of black students at Kent State University is taking a special interest in the work of one of the school’s psychology professors. Angela Neal-Barnett is studying how the accusation of ‘acting white’ affects a young person’s identity. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores how a simple statement impacts what it means to be black in America.
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Fighting against the end of ashes
What was one of the most common trees in Ohio is all but gone, but some communities are still fighting to save the imperiled ash

Scientists are still trying to figure out how to fight an invasive tree-killing pest a decade after it first appeared in Ohio. The emerald ash borer has been the most destructive forest insect ever to hit North America, with hundreds of millions of trees killed and an estimated economic impact of nearly $4 billion in Ohio alone. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the latest efforts in the war against the ash tree killer.
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Saving America's most endangered animals
The eastern U.S. has more freshwater mussel species than anywhere else in the world, and more than half of them are facing extinction

Ohio is the last home of one of the rarest animals in the world. It’s a formerly widespread freshwater mussel called the purple cat’s paw. Only about 20 of the mollusks are known to exist. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff  St.Clair examines a species on the brink and how protecting it could help save Ohio’s waterways.
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The never-ending war against superbugs
Researchers in 2012 discovered a rare strain of drug-resistant pathogen hiding in Northeast Ohio, and the search for superbugs continues

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has healthcare workers around the world on heightened alert for its potential spread. But Ebola is not the only pathogen posing a risk to populations. A team of doctors discovered a superbug in Northeast Ohio and quickly isolated patients carrying it. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets the scientists on the front lines of disease control.
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Tackling concussions in youth sports
After years on the sidelines of medical research, clinicians are trying new methods of diagnosing and treating concussions in young athletes

Researchers in northeast Ohio are tackling long-standing conventions on the best way to treat concussions. Rather than weeks of bed rest, doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital are trying to get kids back on their feet sooner. Still, in this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair finds that caregivers are struggling to understand the long-term effects of brain injuries in young athletes.
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In search of walking whales
A northeast Ohio fossil hunter documents his discoveries of the earliest ancestors of whales in a new book

A new book by an Ohio author unravels what used to be one of the greatest mysteries of science. It’s the story of how whales and dolphins came to be fully adapted to aquatic life.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair talks with the fossil hunter who traces the path whales walked in their journey from land to the sea.



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The roots of aggression
A Kent State University researcher says the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin play major roles in regulating aggression and attraction

Love and anger have long been the subjects of songs and poems. But scientists are now unlocking the biological secrets of what brings us together and drives us apart.   In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets a Kent State University researcher who’s studying the role a pair of hormones play in aggression and attraction.
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Lake Guardian studies our impact on the Great Lakes
Scientists aboard the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian document how the personal products we wash down the drain affect the health of Lake Erie

A team of scientists and educators is returning to Cleveland today after a week-long expedition aboard a research vessel sailing the width of Lake Erie. Their mission was to track the spread of plastics and pollutants in the lake and determine the impact on ecosystems. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair paid a visit to the Lake Guardian just before it shipped out.
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Third Frontier invests $89 million in Ohio's high-tech future
This years awards include the largest in the program's history supporting University Hospital's drug discovery and neurotechnology in Columbus

For more than a decade Ohio’s Third Frontier program has spurred technological innovation in the Buckeye state. Last month the state run project awarded $89 million to dozens of start-ups, institutions, and entrepreneurs.  Those awards include two of the largest grants in the fund’s history. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair talks with Third Frontier Commission chairman David Goodman.
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Turning waste-heat into energy
An Akron company has developed a technology to tap into thousands of megawatts of electricity that are literally going to waste


While federal regulators grapple with regulating carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, one local company is using it to produce electricity. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores the technology behind turning waste-heat into energy.
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Growing a Rhododendron breeder's dream
Breeding at the Holden Arboretum's Leach Research Station keeps a 50 year love affair with Rhododendrons alive

We’re just past the peak season for Rhododendrons, but the quest for perfect blooms continues at one of the nation’s premier research stations.  At the facility in Lake County, breeders create plants that can resist a disease threatening shrubs and trees worldwide, and also handle Ohio’s harsh winters. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair pays a visit in this week’s Exploradio.
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Conquering light's final frontier
A Cleveland company has taken a major step forward in bringing the elusive Terahertz technology out of the lab and into the mainstream

Ohio is emerging as a global center of research in a branch of physics that’s stymied scientists for decades.  It’s called Terahertz radiation, a band of light waves with potential uses that range from detecting cancer to uncovering art forgeries. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on a Cleveland company’s breakthrough in one of technology’s final frontiers.    
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The good and bad news about bats in peril
An imported fungus is wiping out bats in the Eastern U.S. -  but one species has a natural resistance to White Nose Syndrome

Researchers in Akron have discovered a species of bat that may have a built-in immunity to a disease that’s wiping out bats across the eastern U.S. White Nose Syndrome has killed millions of the flying mammals since it was first seen in 2006. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the good news, and bad news, about bats in peril.
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Microbeads and Lake Erie's floating plastic garbage patch
Initial studies show that parts of Lake Erie contain the largest amounts of floating plastic pollution of any water body yet tested by scientists

The EPA estimates that Americans throw away more than 30 million tons of plastic each year.  But not all of it ends up in a landfill or is recycled.  New research shows that floating plastic is polluting large swaths of the world’s water bodies. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on Lake Erie’s hidden plastic soup.
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