Talk Polymath is our monthly podcast series which features evidence-based conversations and invites global science leaders to converse about topics in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. From public health to changing models and trends in technology, this podcast engages in current cultural interests across disciplines.


Episode 7  |  Technological Convergence: A Historic Disruption in the Making

In this episode of Talk Polymath, we talk with Jamie Arbib, co-founder of RethinkX, an independent think tank dedicated to analyzing and forecasting the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its implications for the global economy. During the conversation, Arbib will discuss how a convergence of technologies will catalyze the “fastest, deepest, most consequential technological disruption in history” and how it could lead to the solution of one of the world’s most intractable problems: climate change.

Episode 6 | Eye-trackers: Novel Technology for Concussions and Brain Health Research

This episode of Talk Polymath discusses novel technologies for brain health and how eye movement can be used to diagnose and treat concussions. The guests share the science behind their concussion diagnostic tool, the data that drives it, and how they see the future of brain health. Our guests are Rosina Samadani, Ph.D., CEO of Oculogica, and Dr. Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of Oculogica, Associate Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Minnesota, and attending neurosurgeon at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. Learn More

Episode 5 | Innovation Engines and Emerging Research

This episode of Talk Polymath welcomes the longest-serving DARPA Director, Dr. Tony Tether, and Boston University’s Head of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. David Bishop (formerly with Bell Labs). The discussion focuses on the impact of innovation engines like DARPA and Bell Labs, and also explores some of the research they’re currently focused on – which includes superluminal travel, cardiac tissue engineering, Atto-Tesla magnetometry, and single atom printing. Learn More

Episode 4 | Brains, Behavior, and Human Performance

This episode of Talk Polymath focuses on the augmentation of human performance through scientific cognition and neuroscience programs. Our guests, Amy Kruse, Ph.D., Biologist & Partner at Prime Movers Lab, and Anna Skinner, Ph.D., Founder and President of BlackMoon, LLC, will explore cutting-edge research and technologies focused on optimizing human performance. Learn More

Episode 3 | COVID-19: The Cross-species Lifecycle of a Virus

This episode of Talk Polymath focuses on the circle of life of infectious diseases like COVID-19 and how viruses spill back into the natural world through reverse zoonosis or anthroponosis. Our guests Krista Milich, Ph.D., biological anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis and Stephen Morse, Ph.D., epidemiologist at Columbia University Medical Center, will explore reasons for the increased emergence of zoonotic infectious diseases and the role human activity plays in this trend. Learn More

Episode 2 | Reinventing Drug Manufacturing with Tyler McQuade, Ph.D. and Mickey McManus


This episode of Talk Polymath discusses the concept behind “Pharmacy on Demand” and how a distributed medicine manufacturing network could help create a safe and reliable supply of medicines for communities worldwide. Our guests are Tyler McQuade, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, On Demand Pharmaceuticals; and Mickey McManus, Senior Advisor and Executive Coach at BCG, and Research Fellow Emeritus at Autodesk. Learn More

Episode 1 | COVID19: The same as – and different than – previous pandemics


This episode of Talk Polymath focuses on COVID-19 and how this pandemic mirrors and differs from previous ones. Our guests are William Warren, Ph.D., Vice President and head of FluNXT at Sanofi Pasteur; and José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA, Director of Health Professions Advising at Northwestern University and President at American Public Health Association. Want to watch the Podcast on Video? Stream on YouTube.