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Flowers on Mars Episode 1 - Organs, Electricity and the Gods

BU Building Bridges Podcast

Center Associate Director Margarita Guillory interviews Adrienne Vancura, a postdoc studying biomedical sciences at MIT, and Silvia Miotti, BU PhD student in Classics. The two discuss the connections between STEM and the humanities, the power of digital tools, and the ways they weave these together to produce Flowers on Mars.

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This is an incredibly creative approach to education. The way these women can connect seemingly disparate topics into a unified constellation is astounding. I could probably listen to this episode ten times and pick up something new each time. I can’t imagine the level of research it took to produce just one episode. Amazing work!


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Organoid Intelligence

Flowers on Mars Episode 2 - Reading "The Doors of Perception" by Aldous Huxley

Flowers on Mars Episode 3 - Reading the second part of "The Doors of Perception" by Aldous Huxley

Flowers on Mars Episode 4 - Reading the "Island" by Aldous Huxley

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