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Dr. Barry Kerzin talked to KZSU about Altruism in Medicine

KZSU interviewed Dr.Barry Kerzin, founder of Altruism in Medicine Institute, after his talk about Compassionate Living at Stanford University's Medical Center.  Dr. Kerzin talked to us about why he founded the Altruism in Medicine Institute, why meditation is important and why meditation needs to be accompanied by compassion.  Dr. Kerzin also discussed the course that his developing about Compassion in Medicine which will be taught to medical students and health care professionals. 

To emphasize the health benefits of meditation, Dr. Kerzin told us about how and why his brain and the brains of other monks who practiced long term meditation were studied by Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin's Medical School.   The NIH reviewed and documented the positive effects of long term meditation.  

At the end of the interview Dr. Kerzin discussed  the future plans of the Altruism in Medicine Institute.

The interview was broadcast on KZSU in August, 2015 and is available from this link..
Plans to Save the SS United States, America's Flagship:

KZSU interviewed Susan Gibbs, Executive Director, SS United States Conservancy about the new plans to save America's Flagship, The plans were announced in February 2016 and  include working with Crystal Cruises to renovate the ship so that it can go back to sea, and also serve as a museum.  Susan talked about why the history of the ship is important and she gave us  two examples where other ocean liners were turned into museums.  Susan also discussed the different opportunities to volunteer at the SS United States Conservancy and she mentioned some of the books and documentaries about the SS United States.  One of the books is  A Man and His Ship which was written about how William Francis Gibbs, America's greatest naval architect, built the SS United States to be the fastest ship, at the time.   

Susan's initial 5 minute news broadcast  is available from this link.

KZSU's 30 minute interview with Susan Gibbs  is available from this link.

​The 2016 Science Fair at the White House:

​To celebrate President Obama's 6th Science Fair at the White House, KZSU had the honor and privilege to interview Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Polity at the White House Office for Science, Technology and Innovation.  Mr. Kalil discussed why President Obama supports science education and why the administration encourages young students to study Science, Engineering. Technology and Math.  During the interview we also discussed President Obama's Computer Science for All initiative as well as the President's  Educate to Innovate campaign.  The interview was broadcast live on April 13, 2015.  

This interview and parts of President Obama's remarks to the young scientists at the 2016 Science Fair are available from this link.

Stanford Professor Jo Boaler and The Mathematics Revolution:

Professor Boaler's talk The Mathematics Revolution: Helping Children Learn and Love Mathematics was recorded by  KZSU  during Stanford's Homecoming Reunion Weekend.  During the talk Professor Boaler discussed how positive mindsets can encourage greater persistence, engagement and high mathematics achievement.  Professor Boaler teaches Mathematics Education at Stanford's Graduate School of Education; she also started Youcubed and her books include Mathematical Mindsets.

The talk is available from this link.
KZSU Interviewed Dr. Meera Viswanathan, Head of The Ethel Walker School:

Dr. Meera Viswanathan, a distinguished Stanford alumna and Head of The Ethel Walker School talked to KZSU about education in the 21st Century, how she and the faculty and staff of The Ethel Walker mentor students and foster leadership. We also discussed the motto of The Ethel Walker School and how every hour for the students at the school is meant to be golden.

We asked Meera about her time at Stanford (where she received 3 degrees, including her Ph.D), her career decisions, her teaching career at Brown University and her decision to head The Ethel Walker School. We were privileged to have the opportunity to ask Meera about her views on education and how to improve education for everyone, especially for those students living in high-stress environments like Palo Alto and the Bay Area.

We congratulated Meera on her being awarded the King Hussein Medal by the King of Jordan. This medal - which is the highest honor in Jordan was awarded to Meera by King Abdullan II of Jordan for all the work she did to help establish King's Academy, Jordan's parallel to Deerfield Academy, with her husband Dr. Eric Widmer, the founding Headmaster. King's Academy opened in 2007 and is the first co-educational college prep boarding school with need-based financial aid to be built in the MIddle East.

​We ended the interview with a question from Meera to the Secretary of Education.. Intrigued we decided to follow up with Secretary DeVos' office and invite her for an interview with to respond. And we will let you know if and when the Secretary agrees to give KZSU an interview... Let us find out if Meera's ideas to improve education might be considered feasible and if so, perhaps put into practice. ... so please stay tuned.....

The interview will be broadcast on January 10, 2018 and is available from this link.

The Future of Education in the Bay Area: An Interview with Dr. Charles Bernstein

KZSU interviewed Dr. Chuck Bernstein, a distinguished and well known educator in California and founder of several schools in the Bay Area: Early Learning Institute, HeadsUp Child Development CentersEmerson School in Palo Alto and Hacienda School in Pleasanton and San Jose.  These schools are designed to accommodate working parents because they are open from 7:30 am - 6 pm. Dr. Bernstein mentioned that all the teachers have university degrees, are Montessori certified and that all classes from pre-school -6 G have more than one teacher at all times. 

In the interview Dr. Bernstein discussed how he based HeadsUp, Emerson and the Hacienda schools around the business plan he wrote while getting his MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Dr. Bernstein shared with us why his schools emphasize teaching Spanish and Chinese to all students,and how they prevent bullying behavior at his schools. The schools are based on a Montessori approach and Dr. Bernstein discussed why he believes that the Montessori approach helps students.  

We also discussed the future of education in the Bay Area, how public and private schools differ in Silicon Valley and how parents can select a school that helps their children. At the end of the interview, Dr. Bernstein talked about the Summer Writing Camps they offer to Grades 2 - 8.

KZSU broadcast this interview on March 14, 2018; to listen to the interview please click this link.