Undisciplined: The Social Health Researcher And The Biological Anthropologist

Mar 11, 2020

Tarsier in the Philippines.
Credit James Joel, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

This week on Undisciplined, we’re talking about the black market exchange of diabetes medications in the United States and the evolution of vocal traits of a small, nocturnal primate in Indonesia, with guests whose work is very different, but whose drive to ask and answer complicated questions is very much the same.

Joining us this week from Salt Lake City is Michelle Litchman. She is a nurse practitioner and a researcher at the University of Utah whose work focuses on the social context of chronic disease management, with a particular emphasis on diabetes and technology. Her team’s study on the underground exchange of diabetes medications and supplies was recently published in the journal of diabetes science and technology.

And with us in studio is Nanda Grow. She is a biological anthropologist at Utah State University who specializes in primatology and behavioral ecology, with a focus on understanding the ecological, morphological and genetic context for primate behavioral adaptations. Her study on cryptic communication in pygmy tarsiers was recently published in the journal folia Primatologica.