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This week on The Point
August 25: Environmental impact of research
Scientific research is key to our understanding of ecological issues, but research activities take their own toll on the environment. For example, a typical lab uses 3-4 times as much energy as an equal-sized office. Increasingly, scientific institutions are working to bring their environmental footprint in line with their values and public message.
Guests: Graham Shiffield and Marty Getrich, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; Susan Avery, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution; Michael West, Mariah Mitchell Foundation
August 26: Alzheimer’s Disease
Journalist Greg O’Brien discusses his memoir “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s". He was diagnosed four years ago with early -onset Alzheimer’s disease. Without a cure or a preventative, in the next 15 years Alzheimer’s is expected to exceed heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death, and could bankrupt Medicare. Later in the hour Rudy Tanzi, Joseph and Rose Kennedy Professor of Neurology, at Harvard Medical School; Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Chairman of the research consortium at Cure Alzheimer’s Fund talks about the latest research .
August 27: Young Adult Books
Should adults be embarrassed to read books written for young adults or is a good read a good read no matter what audience it was intended for?
Jill Erickson, Reference Librarian at Falmouth Public Library and Melanie Lauwers, Books Editor at the Cape Cod Times weigh in on debate and bring along their favorite young adult books.
August 28: Political Debate
Ian Ryan, Alexander Morash, and Elisa Zawadzkas Democratic Candidates for the 1st Barnstable District State Representative seat discuss the issues.
August 29: News Roundup
Area journalists discuss the regions top stories of the week.