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E45 | Craig Weller on Military Special Operations Preparation

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Craig is a former USN SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant Crewman). He is also certified under the Department of State’s Worldwide Personal Protective Service-2, and spent nearly two years on the High-Threat Protection team for the U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq. 

In Special Operations and in subsequent private deployments, Weller held a variety of instructional and diplomatic security roles in locations including Kenya, the Philippines, Central America, South Sudan, and Iraq. 

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E42 | Michael Easter on the History & Future of Fitness

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Michael Easter is a Contributing Editor at Men’s Health magazine and columnist for Outside magazine. His work also appears in Scientific American, Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Vice, New York, and others. He writes about the most important people, places, and things impacting the human experience. He’s written features about his badass mom, women fighting their way into elite branches of the military, and the underground anti-aging drug trade. His writing—especially his first person, experiential pieces that highlight scientific research—are some of the most highly-trafficked of all time at Men’s Health and Outside. His book, The Comfort Crisis, will be released by Penguin Random House in the spring of 2021.

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Dr. Bryan Carmody on the Resilient Performance Podcast




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Dr. Bryan Carmody is a lifelong Virginian. Born and raised in Richlands, VA, he attended college at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he majored in chemistry before attending medical school at the University of Virginia. During his medical training, he became fascinated with kidney disease and renal physiology. After completing his residency training at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, he returned to UVA for a fellowship in pediatric nephrology, then came back to CHKD to join the children’s kidney center and to be a part of Virginia’s only freestanding children’s hospital.

Topics Covered:

  1. The relative efficacy of different learning models in medicine
  2. What is the point of a standardized test (not a rhetorical question)
  3. Evidence that standardized tests in medicine do what they say they do
  4. Who are the stakeholders in the standardized testing world
  5. Is memorization still important
  6. Revising medical education to better reflect clinical practice
  7. Do systemic, political, and financial constraints hinder medical education

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Michael Lauria on the Resilient Performance Podcast

Michael Lauria is currently completing his final semester at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Outside of school, he works as a critical care flight paramedic and provides training to multiple emergency service organizations. Prior to medical school, Michael served in the U.S. Air Force as a Pararescueman at the 321st Special Tactics Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK, Air Force Special Operations Command. During this assignment he deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as part of a Combat Search and Rescue Team and in support of the C Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In 2009, Michael was named Air Force Special Operations Command Outstanding Airman of the Year and Pararescue Airman of the Year.

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Dr. Antony Davies on the Resilient Performance Podcast

Dr. Antony Davies is associate professor of economics at Duquesne University. Dr. Davies authors monthly columns on economics and public policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer and U.S. News & World Report, and co-hosts Words and Numbers, a weekly podcast on economics and policy. He has written over 300 op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Washington Post, and Huffington Post. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Davies was Associate Producer at the Moving Pictures Institute, Chief Financial Officer at Parabon Computation, founded several technology companies, and is co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at FreedomTrust, a non-profit educational institution. Dr. Davies earned his B.S. in Economics from Saint Vincent College, and Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.

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