Sarah Whatmore is a Professor and Head of School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom. Her research is in the field of political ecology, examining policy and the actions of humans impact the environment. She is author of Hybrid Geographies: Nature Cultures Spaces (Sage London, 2002). She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and collaborates with researchers around the world.
Visiting Lecturer Dr. Rita Basuray teaches a course on the history of alcohol, and how the processes of fermentation and distillation tell the story of humanity. Watch as we take a video tour of the Alltech Lexington Brewing Company in Lexington, Kentucky to talk with the Master Brewer Ken Lee and Master Distiller Mark Coffman as they show off exactly how beer and bourbon are made.
Part 2 of 4: This segment includes a discussion of actual gender differences. We examine 3 of the most common gender difference myths. This is followed by discussion of where true gender differences exist (in terms of biology, behavior, and psychology) and how these differences may vary based on context and experience.
Part 3 of 4: The presentation concludes with consideration of why these stereotypes about gender differences matter. For example, by treating children differently, we can actually shape their brain development. Post presentation questions begin. Many questions address cultural vs. biological differences, and the growing trend in public schools of teaching boys and girls differently based on presumed (but inaccurate) learning differences. Several topics of the presentation are expanded upon through questions.
Part 1 of 4: This segment includes a description of why it is difficult to examine gender differences in people and what the implications are for getting it wrong. It also provides a primer for what people should know when evaluating research on gender.
Part 4 of 4: The modeling software gives us a look at CO2, polarity and means of understanding real-world properties such as ability to solvate salts or trap heat. We learn there is important interplay between real measurements in the lab and the software calculations. Measurements let us test the validity of calculations on known materials, suggesting how well the calculations can do in predicting new, but similar, molecules. This technique allows us to identify the most promising new molecular designs for actual creation in the lab.