John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.

John's fascination with technology continued with a 25 year career in the computer industry. He held area, senior and executive management positions with; Chipcom Corporation (networking), MIPS Computer Systems (high performance computing) and Netapp (storage). He moved from Boston in November 2010 to live in Park City. He began DJing at KPCW in January 2011, has substitute co-hosted regularly on Mountain Money, Community Voices and This Mountain Life. In February 2013 John and Lynn Ware Peek became the permanent co-hosts of Community Voices.

In September 2013 John and Lynn launched Cool Science Radio: Delivering understandable science and technology in a complicated world.

Ways to Connect

 

Cool Science Radio welcomes guest Dr. Holly Gilbert who is the Director of the Heliophysics Science Division, Chief of the Solar Physics Laboratory and the NASA Deputy Project Scientist for the Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft that launched Sunday, February 9, and is on its way to the sun. It will study the electromagnetic characteristics of the solar wind, enabling them to tackle mysteries such as the 11-year cycle of solar activity, the generation of the Sun’s magnetic field and how solar wind particles are accelerated to high energies.

 

  Cool Science Radio speaks with historian and author Amy Shira Teitel who has written Fighting For Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle For Female Spaceflight. This book is the mostly unknown tale of Jackie Cochran, and Jerrie Cobb, two accomplished aviatrixes, one generation apart, who each dreamed of being the first woman in space, but along the way battled their egos, their expectations, and ultimately the patriarchal society that stood between them and the stars.

 Cool Science Radio welcomes guest Peter Diamandis, a space-entrepreneur-turned-innovation-pioneer and the Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit humanity.

  Joining Cool Science Radio is Tanya Lewis, health and medicine editor at Scientific American. Lewis has followed the novel coronvirus story closely and written on it extensively. In December 2019 a cluster of patients was found in Wuhan, China with pneumonia from an unknown cause.

 Cool Science Radio welcomes Mike Leonard, the Chief Technology Officer at Motif FoodWorks in Boston. Motif makes ingredients for plant-based meat and dairy products. Could plant based meats and dairy products allow us to be kinder to our animals, kinder to out environment and kinder to our own health? Each year in the United States 39 million cattle and calves are slaughtered for meat. 9% of greenhouse gas comes from agriculture and 1/3 of that is methane from cow digestion.

Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips joins Cool Science Radio. She has written The Future Of Feelings: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World. In her new book, Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation.

Cool Science Radio speaks with Neuropsychologist Dr. Parth Ghandi. He previews the inaugural Intermountain Psychedelic Science & Therapy Symposium  on January 17 and 18 in Salt Lake City. This conference is for those interested in learning about the new science and therapy models using psychedelics. The symposium covers the current scientific research on micro-dosing, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, legalization, integration after an experience, and more.

"The Snow Guardian," Billy Barr joins Cool Science Radio. Billy lives alone on a secluded site of an abandoned silver mine shack in Gothic, Colorado, population 180.

Cool Science Radio welcomes NYTimes best-selling author Julie Morris whose new book is Power Foods & Natural Nootropics for Optimized Thinking, Focus & Memory. If you struggle with focus and memory lapses, mental fog, or stress—or if you simply want to optimize your mental performance and protect your brain health this book examines how diet can potentially impact brain health via the gut.

What’s in a name? Cool Science Radio asks this question of someone who has named eight dinosaurs - paleontologist and Associate Professor & Lecturer in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah, Mark Loewen. Professor Loewen also teaches the popular World of Dinosaurs and Natural Disasters classes.

 Cool Science Radio speaks with Gemma Tarlach, Senior Editor of Discover Magazine. Gemma joined the show last year to talk about Discover’s September/October cover story on The Science of Gun Violence. It was an eye-opening conversation that you can listen to here.

The Joy of Movement is Dr. Kelly McGonigal's new book; it's a 'love letter' to movement and exploration of what is most human about us. Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, to clear up some common misconceptions about the brain on exercise.

Michael Ruzek joins Cool Science Radio. Ruzek is the man behind The Powder Buoy. Financial planner by day and Powder Buoy by night, Michael predicts snow storms in the Wasatch Mountains two weeks in advance by watching NOAA Buoy 51101 off the coast of Kauai. Michael has figured out that when 51101 hits a certain swell height a winter’s storm will hit two weeks later 3000 miles away in Park City, Utah.

 

 

  Science journalist Lydia Denworth joins Cool Science Radio. Denworth has investigated and written on everything from Alzheimer’s to zebrafish. She now writes on the science of friendship in a new book that explores the evolution, biology and extraordinary power of life’s fundamental bond. Her work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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