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 32: Bureau of Land (Before Time) Management

Once, upon this same earth, beneath this same sun, long before you, before the ape and the elephant as well, before the wolf, the bison, the whale, before the mammoth and the mastodon… was the time of the dinosaurs. – The Land Before Time, aka best movie ever. We’re back for another round of science-y […]

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 30: (Health) Law and Order

Order in the court! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) We’ve got a special episode today for all you STEM/legal nerds. Our guest is Rachel Sachs, an Associate Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Rachel works at the intersection of patent law and health law. Listen as we discuss EpiPens, genetic testing, and […]

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 25: Working (Safely) 9 to 5

It’s a new year (finally!) and we’re kicking off 2017 with an episode to keep you healthy. Take a dive into the world of industrial hygiene. What is that, you ask? Let Nikki McCullough tell you! She’s the Global Technical Services and Regulatory Manager for 3M’s Personal Safety Division. Nikki tells us about all the […]

Donate to these STEM orgs for #GivingTuesday

There’s been a lot of discussion about what we can do to help the science community, especially since the election. Want to take action but don’t know where to start? Open those wallets and donate to a science charity. In honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re listing ten organizations that are doing good work for STEM, broken […]

Have scientists found a fossilized dinosaur brain?

Could scientists really have discovered a fossilized dinosaur brain? That’s what a new study seems to be indicating. If so, it would be the first time scientists have ever found fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur. Our podcast guest (her episode is coming soon!) Dr. Eugenia Gold studies dinosaur brain evolution, so we figured she’d be […]

Episode 22: On the Origin of (Modern Chin) Species

I know I say every episode is great. But this one really, really, really is. Our guest today is Jill Scott, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Iowa in paleoanthropology. She uses 3D imaging to determine the evolutionary significance of chins. Not only that, but Jill was a part of the team that analyzed and […]