May 9, 2003

Todd is joined by Shirley Strum Kenny, President of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. They discuss the state of undergraduate education at research colleges, and how it may have changed since the Boyer Commission Report, which suggested that some changes be made to higher education.

California Sea Otters are dying in record numbers, bringing them closer to being added to the endangered species list. Greg Sanders, who is the Sea Otter Recovery Coordinator at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, joins Todd to discuss why the Sea Otters are dying, and what this problem implies.

Bonnie Bassler and her fellow researchers at Princeton University have discovered that bacteria communicate with eachother. Bassler tells Todd how this cell-to-cell network talks, and how she and her colleagues have discovered the structure of a molecular language. Bassler is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton.