Don't Want to be an American Idiot

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | November 8, 2010 11:00 am

Don’t want a nation under the new media, And can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mindf* America

I just love that Green Day’s American Idiot introduces a short talk I did in July at the Cactus Cafe as part of Science In The Pub. (And the Google Earth zoom in is Tre Cool!) These are informal happy hour events so it’s more of an abridged and casual version of what I do on the road. Great venue and I’m looking forward to joining SITP next February to give another talk on The Science of Kissing!

Science in the Pub Presents… Sheril Kirshenbaum from Science In The Pub on Vimeo.

Comments (3)

  1. Jacob Walker

    Great video. Having been at one of your longer engagements you did cover a lot of ground here, though I like your real full presentation best. This is fun too, tho its dark and hard to read slides.

  2. Michael

    Just a technical note…next time perhaps consider recording the audio directly into a device for that purpose as well as the PA speakers in the hall. The room acoustics make listening a bit difficult. A mixer and digital recorder would work fine.

    Oh, and dump the obnoxiously loud music…how does it help?

    Can we ever get this kind of stuff into our pathetic public school system?

  3. @2 Michael,
    I didn’t have anything to do with production of this video–though I do like the song introduction. Will pass on your suggestions.

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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.

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