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Moira Gunn, Ph.D. is Host of Tech Nation and BioTech Nation, which air in such venues as National Public Radio's SIRIUS Satellite Radio channels NPR Now and NPR Talk, and internationally to 177 countries via American Forces Radio International. Produced at the studios of KQED in San Francisco, the programming can also be heard on over 200 domestic public stations and through podcasts via iTunes and other Internet distribution venues.
Tech Nation is the sole national weekly radio program on the impact of technology, and its weekly BioTech Nation segment enjoys the same status in the area of biotech issues. Dr. Gunn's weekly commentaries touch all aspects of our lives in these unpredictable times. The intriguing story of the building the BioTech Nation segment and the leading issues facing us all in the arena is described in her book Welcome to BioTech Nation ... My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas. The Library Journal cited this book on their "Best Science Books of 2007."
More than simply radio, the family of Tech Nation programs seeks to educate the public on the issues of science and technology. They demonstrate that all aspects of our lives are affected, and to make reasonable decisions, we must understand much, much more--as individuals, as communities, as nations, and as a global society.
Dr. Gunn is not so much interested in the opinions of the day--she is more interested in how people come to form these opinions, especially when a comprehension of the underlying technology and science is essential. She asks her listeners to question themselves: "Do I know what is knowable? Before I take a position, make a plan, take an action."
Dr. Gunn's guests come from every walk of life: politicians and businesspeople, scientists and futurists, novelists and educators, members of the media and more. In her words: "Everyone is essential. Everyone is a piece of the puzzle."
In over 2,000 in-depth interviews, Dr. Gunn has engaged with recognizable people from every venue: From business leaders like Intel's Andy Grove to emergent tech guru's like Google's Larry Page and Sergey Brin, from the old guard of science such as Linus Pauling and Crick and Watson, to a new generation of scientists such as Dr. Pam Marrone, the etymologist who single-handedly created the first certified organic agribusiness pesticide and received the EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Award for her efforts or Dr. Joao Magueijo, the theoretical physicist from Imperial College, who controversially suggested that the speed of light was relative.
A former NASA scientist and engineer, Dr. Gunn is currently Professor of Global Information Systems and Biotechnology in the School of Business and Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco. Here she founded the Biotechnology sequence focused on biotech business and designed specifically for adult professional student. She is a Member of the Dean's Science Advisory Council, Purdue University, a Member of the Advisory Board, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Stanford University, and has served as a member of the Awards Selection Committee for the Space Technology Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate of science by Purdue University for her contributions to science communications in today's globalized society. She also holds multiple degrees in Computer Science, as well as a software patent in Nutrition Science.
Dr. Gunn's other affiliations include: Board Member Emeritus, Tech Museum of Innovation; a Member of the Advisory Board, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; and a Member of the Advisory Board, Trusted Computing Group.
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