Episode 37: On the (Spaceborne) Radar

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Dearest friends, we’re back with another episode! (Did you miss us?) With all the crazy weather going on these days, we thought we’d talk to someone who knows all about the atmosphere. Radar systems engineer Felisha Lawrence joins us for a chat about her job (well… what she’s allowed to say) at Northrop Grumman. We […]

Turn Around, Bright Eyes: How to View August’s Solar Eclipse

How do you organize an eclipse party? You plan-et! ::crickets:: This Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse is will be visible to all of North America. This means the moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun. Don’t panic. It’s totally to be expected and not at all a sign of the end times. […]

Episode 36: The Girl Who Cried Wolf (and Elk)

Deer-ly beloved, we are gathered here today to listen to the wonderful Christina Prokopenko, a PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. From the computer screen in the lab to tromping through the forests, Christina studies wolf-ungulate predator-prey dynamics. Join us for a discussion on wolves, elk, and math!

Episode 35: The Outer (Space) Limits

Get ready for another out of this world episode! Dr. Adrienn Luspay-Kuti is a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute. She joins us for a discussion about Saturn’s moons, simulation chambers, and the outer planets. Don’t forget the part where she built a simulator of the atmosphere of Titan in her lab. P.S. If […]

Episode 33: Under the (Sexy) Sea

Birds do it, bees do it, and fish…. Fish definitely do it. Today’s episode features marine biologist Dr. Marah Hardt (@Marahh2o). Marah is the research director at Future of Fish, a nonprofit incubator working to create business solutions to ocean challenges. She is also the author of Sex in the Sea, an awesome book about the […]

Episode 31: Moon River (and Water)

Did you know that we’re looking for water on the moon? This week’s episode features Kathy Mandt, a senior research scientist at Southwest Research Institute and an adjoint professor at University of Texas – San Antonio. We talk about frost on the moon, planetary science and measuring photons with ultraviolet light. And the ever-present fight between […]

Episode 29: Captain (Exo)Planet

Space lovers, we have a fun new episode for you today! If you’ve been following NASA’s recent announcement about seven earth-sized planets around a single star, you might recognize the name Sara Seager. Dr. Seager is a professor of astronomy at MIT and expert in exoplanets. We recorded this podcast two days before the discovery made headlines, […]

Hello, World: How I plan to be a better STEM communicator

Columnist and Ph.D. student Sara Whitlock over at STAT recently wrote an article urging scientists to become better communicators. Go here and give it a read. It’s worth your time. One of her key points is that the majority of Americans don’t know any scientists. When researchers don’t explain how we do our jobs and what […]

Episode 26: The (Dinosaur) Brain Drain

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Did you know we live among real dinosaurs everyday? It’s true! They’re called birds. In this episode, we discuss the dinosaur family tree and how birds learned to fly with Dr. Eugenia Gold. She is an Instructor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University and researches the brains of dinosaurs and their […]

A night at the (Air and Space) Museum

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There are some opportunities that are too good to turn down. Celebrating the National Air and Space Museum’s 40th anniversary with a late night wander through the exhibits is definitely one of them. As part of the celebrations, the museum opened its doors at 8pm until 10am the next morning. They provided some drinks and food […]