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RadioActive—Backlogged: Changing the Miami-Dade County Family Court System

By Michael Matthiesen | January 20th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

As a court of first and last resort — the family court system in Miami-Dade County is over burdened. When the United States has a 34% divorce rate — funding and time becomes an issue for the courts when handeling topics like domestic violence, timesharing, and child support. Former Chief Judge Joel H. Brown for the 11th Circuit Court will speak on-air about the problems the family court system faces, and what can be done to solve them.

RadioActive—A Game of Chicken: The World of Prediction Markets

By Michael Matthiesen | January 13th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Florida during Hurricane season relies on prediction markets. The safety of Floridians and their livelihood depend on it. If a prediction is wrong, it could mean dire consequences. In 1992, forecasters didn’t predict that Hurricane Andrew would hit South Florida. But have you ever thought about how prediction markets work? Private sector vs. Government predictions, and the economics behind it? UM Business School’s Dr. David Kelly will be on Sunday to explain.

Dr. David L. Kelly is a professor of economics and the director of economics graduate studies at the University of Miami. He was chair of the economics department from 2005-8 and has formerly held positions at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Carnegie Mellon University. He has published widely on liquidity in financial markets, prediction markets, economic growth and the environment, the economics of climate change, and the design of regulation. His research has been funded by NSF, DOE, and other federal agencies and has been featured on NPR Marketplace, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg, and AP. He is a member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the American Economics Association.

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RadioActive — Environmental Justice: Where we live, Work, and Play

By Michael Matthiesen | December 17th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Environmental Justice is as a concept in the United States that describes a social movement in the United States whose focus is on the fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. Community and Social Change Program Director and UM Professor Courte Voorhees will join us on-air to explain more.

Dr. Courte Voorhees Bio:
We are all potential agents of change! We all have the capability to make the world a better place through our research, courses, service, and extracurricular activities. I do this, in part, by coordinating and promoting community-based participatory research (CBPR) and through teaching courses that challenge students to become scholars and agents of change in the community. I am pleased to direct the Community and Social Change Master’s Program and teach in Human and Social Development, Community and Social Change, and Community Well-Being.

RadioActive—Hubris: Media Censorship, Repression, and Revolution

By Michael Matthiesen | December 2nd, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Why do governments engage in media censorship and what do they have to gain? Dr. Mehdi Shadmehr from the University of Miami Business school will be on-air to discuss his theories and discoveries. Including, how when nation-wide grievances hit a certain magnitude, heads of state will first releave censorship and then double down.


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RadioActive—Innovaid: Hacking Healthcare in the Developing World

By Michael Matthiesen | November 28th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

UM Med students Carlos Oliu and Sharon Wolfson have discovered that a little creativity can go a long-way towards improving the cost and availability of developing-world healthcare. Their program Innovaid is a new student organization at the UM Miller School of Medicine devoted to identifying and solving developing-world medical problems through the creative use of technology.

Carlos Oliu is a medical student, UM biomedical engineering graduate, and lifelong tinkerer, interested in adapting technology to new and interesting uses. Fellow UM medical student Sharon Wolfson also holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, from Boston University, where she participated in Global Health Design coursework. She has traveled to Nicaragua, where she provided healthcare to over a thousand patients alongside UM classmates and faculty. Together, Carlos and Sharon founded InnovAid to bridge their passions for innovation and providing healthcare where it is desperately needed.

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RadioActive—Civic Hacking: A 21st Century Public Duty

By Michael Matthiesen | November 18th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Civic Hacking is a revolutionary way the computer savvy are liberating open data that can inform better problem solving in every community. Civic Hacking is making waves across the country with those who know code holding hackathons in LA, NYC, Chicago, and Miami. UM’s Dr. Richard Bookman was recently invited to the White House as a “Champion for Change” – and spoke about Civic Hacking on-air.

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RadioActive—Jogging in Place: The Anti-Hunger Movement in America

By Michael Matthiesen | November 11th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Sunday @ 6PM, To those in the realm of community social change, food charity will never be an adequate response to the hunger crisis. Not only does it fail to put a dent in the problem, by averting our gaze from the real issue—growing inequality—it ends up costing us all in ballooning health care expenditure, lost productivity, unsafe and divided neighborhoods, and unrealized potential. UM Ph.D Candidate Natalie Kivell discussed more on routes this growing social movement can take.

Natalie Brown Kivell is trained in Community Psychology and is an Agent of Social Change whose passion and skill overlap to create an ideal consultant for community and organizational level change. She is very enthusiastic about her work and her community, and she endeavors to support and work with those who continue to make this community a wonderful place to live.

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RadioActive—Quit Smoking, Gain Weight: Tobacco Cessation in the African American Community

By Michael Matthiesen | November 4th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

GSA President and Clinical Health Psychology PhD program’s McKnight Doctoral Fellow, Marcia McNutt, discussed weight gain and tobacco cessation in the African American Community. Tobacco cessation has been on the public health agenda for decades, and though cigarette use has lowered – 20% of Americans smoke. African Americans and Caucasians smoke at about the same rate, but African Americans experience have a higher prevalence more tobacco-related diseases. Marcia and the UM are testing to see if the ‘gold standard’ smoking cessation intervention personalized to include aspects of African American culture will be more efficacious than the standard intervention.


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RadioActive: Stem Cells and Nicotine

By Michael Matthiesen | October 28th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Americans understand smoking is bad, but, how bad is a fairly gray area. Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate Carlos Carballosa and UM Miller School of Medicine spearheaded brand new research on how nicotine hinders the role stem cells play when recovering from an injury. Carlos’ research has found that the more nicotine in your system, the longer the recovery.

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RadioActive – Disability Rights Movement: A Hidden History

By Michael Matthiesen | October 21st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Disability Rights Movement was an out cry by a group of Americans who just wanted to be treated the same as everyone else. It yielded real attention from the government to assist with the needs of Americans with disabilities which led to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The movement impact was nationwide, yet rarely discussed in schools.

RadioActive will discussed the Disability Rights Movement with Dr. Ora Prilelltensky, Rochelle Baer, and Sylvia Goncz:

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