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.

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[This interview orginally aired for the first time on April 2nd, 2020, but was recorded in early March, 2020]

[Rebroadcast: This interview originally aired on  January 9th, 2020]

  In this episode of Cool Science Radio Michael Vershinin, assistant professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah talks with Lynn and John about COVID -19. One of the biggest unknowns about the coronavirus is it’s sensitivity to humidity and temperature and how changing seasons will affect its spread. Michael along with Saveez Saffarian have received a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to quickly tackle these important questions.

 

 

 

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Earl Foote who is the CEO, for NexusIT Consultants joins Lynn and John. Foote’s company is an IT Support and Computer Services company based in Park City UT. They provide rapid response IT services in Salt Lake City and across Northern Utah. We will be speaking with Earl about best in class tools and services that employers and employees can use to work, attend class and conference from home.

 

On this episode of Cool Science Radio Associate Editor of Health and Medicine at Scientific American Magazine Tanya Lewis talks COVID-19. She talks about the transmistion rate, the R-naught factor, what they are learning and updates about the disease happening right now. 

Today we speak with Clay Karz and DJ Glusker of Roam Robotics. Let’s face it, skiing is hard work and the anaerobic nature of skiing means we have a finite number of runs we can take, and fewer if we are recovering from an injury or if we have the problem of too many birthdays. What if there were a robotic device designed to take some of the pressure or offload weight from your quads and knees to enable seasoned skiers to continue to do the sport they love and have longer ski days?

Cool Science Radio welcomes data scientist Alexander Boxer who talks about his new book A Scheme Of Heaven. Algorithms seem to control our daily lives and even determine what shows up in our social media feeds and what we ought to purchase. But in this conversation, we take a look at civilization's first system of algorithms, from Babylon and now to the present. It's the surprising history and scienc eof astrology.

 

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.

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