Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Episode 7: The Science of Sex


Episode 7
Guest: Dr. Don Lucas
Topic: The Science of Sex

Background: Dr. Don Lucas is a professor of psychology and the coordinator of the psychology department at Northwest Vista College (NVC); a community college with more than 18,000 students in San Antonio, Texas. Before joining NVC in 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco; and took his Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialty in Neuroscience and Behavior from Northern Illinois University. He is a fellow of the Southwestern Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Lucas or Dr. Don, as his students affectionately refer to him, is the author of the book, Being: Your Happiness, Pleasure, and Contentment (Hayden-McNeil); and two OER modules, The Psychology of Human Sexuality and Human Sexual Anatomy and Physiology, published on nobaproject.com. His teaching has been featured by The San Antonio Express-News, SA Scene Magazine, KENS5 CBS, and KSAT12 ABC; and has earned him a number of awards, including the Minnie Stevens Piper award: The oldest and most prestigious teaching award for higher education in the state of Texas. Dr. Lucas has been conducting research on various topics (psychophysics, family & domestic violence, life satisfaction, and human sexuality) within psychology for the past 30 years. As his CV shows, he is productive when it comes to research, in the past five years he has authored over two-dozen abstracts published at various research conferences—mostly focusing on human sexuality. Dr. Lucas hosts 5MIweekly, a virtual science-based sex education course on YouTube, composed of original and pedagogically interactive videos. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Sember and Rayen, and a purebred mutt, named Barney.


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