Tuesday, we’re talking about the 19 th -century women who measured the cosmos. Science journalist Dava Sobel is among our guests. Her latest book is about the women employed by Harvard Observatory to serve as “human computers.” They did calculations based on the observations of their male counterparts, but became astronomical pioneers in their own right. Pygmalion Theatre Company is staging a play based on the life of one of these remarkable women, which gives us an excuse to talk about them and discoveries.
Wednesday, we’re talking about a fiery dispute roiling the University of Utah. The school’s president, David Pershing, and University Health Care Director Vivian Lee last week dismissed Mary Beckerle from her position as CEO and director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. That brought the ire of John Huntsman Sr., the billionaire businessman who helped found the research center. He said Lee and Pershing should be removed from their posts for their actions. Beckerle has since been reinstated, but the story continues to play out.