Thursday April 10, 2008 | Urban Growth

April 4, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

Dr. Roger White, a geography professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has created a unique way to predict, and modify, growth in urban regions.  His computer models can help city planners understand development patterns in Mecklenburg County and beyond.  With open land disappearing rapidly in our county, research such as Dr. White’s is increasingly important for efforts to understand development, and to possibly make it more efficient and more ethical.

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Wednesday April 9, 2008 | Spraying for Cankerworms

April 4, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

The City of Charlotte plans to spray up to 70,000 acres of our tree canopy with a pesticide aimed at controlling the cankerworm population.  No one debates the devastating effects of the cankerworm on our region’s trees, but there are questions about how to best deal with them.  We’ll learn about the city’s spraying campaign, the pesticide in use and more about what cankerworms do.
Don McSween – City of Charlotte Arborist
Dr. Larry Mellichamp – Professor of Botany, UNC Charlotte 

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Tuesday April 8, 2008 | The Physics of NASCAR

April 4, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

Diandra Leslie-Pelecky is a physicist and author of the recent book, The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed She joins us on Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins to talk about how she became fascinated with NASCAR through her professional expertise and we’ll talk about some of the physics involved in stock car racing – two things you might not think go together!

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Monday April 7, 2008 | Ira Flatow

April 4, 2008 at 1:23 pm | Posted in On Air | 4 Comments

Carl Flatow 1997Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday, will be on the show during this edition of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.  We’ll talk about science education and getting the general public interested in science.  We’ll also be joined by two local science experts who work towards getting Charlotteans interested in science.



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