Dr. Wikipedia Gets a Booster Shot

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First up, snow days. Mayor de Blasio has gotten a snowfall of criticism about keeping schools open during harsh weather this year. In our Public Intellectual segment, where we examine new research with the power to change minds and public policy, Joshua Goodman of the Harvard Kennedy School shares his results studying the impact of school closures on grades.

Next, driving. We look at new “vehicle to vehicle technology” that will soon allow cars and trucks to communicate on the road to increase safety and reduce traffic. Maybe this will help us get to “vision zero,” the mayor’s goal of zero pedestrian traffic accidents. Here to discuss, Dr. Peter Sweatman, director of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

Then, Pre-K is going digital. New research from John Carroll University in Ohio and the Southwest Institute for Families and Children studies the effects of digital tablets in preschool. Karen Burstein, director of the Southwest Institute joins Brian.

And finally, Dr. Wikipedia is in. The open online encyclopedia is often the first source of research for professionals and students – and the medical field is no exception. Joining us is Dr. Amin Azzam, who is teaching his UCSF Med School class the “how” and “why” to update Wikipedia Health pages. And also, Lane Rasberry, a Wikipedian in Residence at Consumer Reports.

Taped: 03-03-14