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Mar 19, 2017

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First hour: Despite anti-globalization sentiment, study abroad numbers are surging

Second hour: Examining the fascinating discovery of the Trappist-1 exoplanets

Record numbers of students are traveling abroad to study. Why is this news? Because there is a steep generational divide happening over globalization. Millennials would have said No to both Brexit and Trump. Their elders might think they're naive, embracing globalization, as Forbes recently pointed out. So what does it mean? What are the advantages to studying abroad, especially at a time when anti-globalization sentiment is becoming so profound? Our guests:

  • Jenny Sullivan, director of education abroad and international fellowships at RIT
  • Lauren Peace, RIT journalism major who studied abroad in Kosovo
  • Sam Cardamone, associate director of study abroad and international programs at ┬áSUNY Geneseo

NASA researchers recently announced that they've discovered the future home of Earthlings, after climate change leaves this planet uninhabitable. Okay, not exactly, but it's a tantalizing discovery: a star system not too far away with seven Earth-like planets. Should we be looking to the stars for future homes? Could we ever get to this star system in a human lifetime? The RIT Science Exploration students are learning to predict what type of life might appear on exoplanets -- if there's life there at all. Our guests:

  • Brian Koberlein, senior lecturer of physics at RIT
  • Roger Dube, research professor and director of the Science Exploration Program at RIT