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Critical Thinking and Communicating Science with Dr. Vincent Venditto

February 3, 2022

We welcome Dr. Vincent Venditto back onto the podcast to talk about the recent updates regarding the COVID pandemic, vaccinations, and looking ahead to adapting to a brave new world. On this episode, Tony and Dr. Venditto dive into the importance of communicating science and understanding the scientific process. This conversation dives into understanding how science is a method- that there is no such thing as a perfect experiment when it comes to collecting data because there are things that we can’t predict or miss when originally designing experiments. This is why the peer-reviewed process is so important, as it serves to help authors identify the potential things that may have been missed when designing their experiment. Together, Tony and Dr. Venditto discuss how science can be communicated better, how we could start teaching critical thinking in early education and build that foundation at an early age, and how to have healthy skepticism about the information being given to us.


Dr. Vincent J. Venditto is an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. He received training in organic synthesis and vaccine development. He obtained a BS in chemistry from Gettysburg College and then worked for two years at the NCI, NIH as a cancer research trainee before attending graduate school. He obtained a PhD in chemistry from Texas A&M University and worked on vaccine development as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at University of California, San Francisco. Students and fellows in his lab come from diverse backgrounds with interests in chemistry, biology, drug delivery and experimental therapeutics, but a common goal of exploring novel methods to modulate the immune system. Students and fellows in his lab are encouraged to utilize their skills to advance projects while learning new skills to better appreciate the various aspects of designing novel immunotherapies.




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