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UnDisciplined: The Computational Pedagogist And The Undead Philosopher

This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about math education and ... zombies? 

If those two things seem like they don't have anything to do with each other, well, that's the idea. On our show, we bring together researchers from vastly different areas of study, and we ask them to build connections. And that takes ... brains. Get it?

We use our brains to do things like math and to teach things like enumeration and construction and optimization; and joining us to talk about how we can do that better is Elise Lockwood, an associate professor of mathematics education at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on how students think about and learn computational topics. 

We also use our brains to, you know, feed zombies. 

With us today from California State University East Bay is Christopher Moreman, who studies the way we think about death and dying. His most recent book, "Dharma of the Dead: Zombies, Mortality and Buddhist Philosophy", presents a new theory as to why we have become so fascinated with zombies.