I love science and podcasts so I decided to combine the two. I co-host the Scicomm Podcast with Dr. Mike. We discuss interesting topics in science, scicomm and career development, and we also feature interviews with talented scicomm people that we've met through social media. If you're interested in learning how to get into scicomm or need new project ideas, this is the podcast for you!
In SciComm episode 12, Dr Mike and I talk about the similarities and differences between the PhD process in the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. We discuss various aspects of the PhD including the time it takes to complete in each country, any pre-requisites needed before you can apply, how students get funding for their project and various other points. We also talk about the Viva/thesis defence and give some tips on how to ‘survive’ as well as discussing post-PhD job options.
In SciComm episode 14, we discuss the new research surrounding toxins found in the Ornamental Baboom Tarantula. We talk about how these toxins may be used in the future to provide pain relief without the side effects currently associated with drugs like Lidocaine. We also look at how other creatures may be utilised as they also synthesise their own form of toxins and also how the receptors of these peptides may shed light on the functional role them play in pain.
In SciComm episode 15, we talk about how to setup your own science blog. If you have ever wanted to spread knowledge about your own science topic/field but weren’t sure how to start, we give you the tools to get started.
In SciComm episode 16, we look at the company “Impossiblefoods” who have come up with a way to create burgers in the laboratory made entirely out of plants/biomass. Is this the turnaround that we need in a world with an ever increasing population? Tune in to find out!
In SciComm episode 17, we look at how Twitter can be used by scientists in order to expand their network and to engage with other scientists and non-experts. We talk about how we initially got started on Twitter, how Twitter is used for science communication and various other points.
In SciComm episode 18, we look at the importance of CRISPR and the practical implications it can and will have on the health of the global population in the future.
In SciComm episode 19, we have a talk with PhD student, Samantha Yammine. Samantha is very passionate about science and sharing it with the world. Her research looks at some of the first cells of the brain – neural stem cells. We also talk about how she has combined her love of science with her love of social media by using various applications.
In SciComm episode 21, we chat with scicomm expert Dr. Paige Jarreau, who is currently a Science Communication Specialist for the College of Science at Louisiana State University. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher studying and teaching science communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication, LSU but now focuses on the intersection of science communication, journalism and new media.
In SciComm episode 22, we chat with ocean lover Dr. Sue Pillans. Sue is a Brisbane-based marine ecologist, strategist, artist and knowledge broker who specialises in creative and visual communications as a Graphic Recorder. She combines her training as a marine scientist with her imaginative skills as an artist to help people, teams and organisations “picture their ideas” through visual storytelling. As a graphic recorder she has worked with a wide range of people and groups from indigenous communities, schools, Governments, and scientists to draw out local, regional and international ideas and issues.
In SciComm episode 23, we chat with Dr. Thomai Dion. Thomai is a pharmacist by trade that has community, call center and business strategy experience. Thomai is also a mother, gardener, children’s book author and a writer who is curious about all things science. She also loves to teach and recently launched a website to blog and connect with like-minded folks about scicomm. She currently does graphic design work and hopes to expand her role in science to research, lecturing in academia and speaking at events. In the meantime, you can find her think-a-lot-tot books on amazon and her scicomm on Twitter & Instagram (@tdthesciencemom).
In SciComm episode 24, Dr Mike and I discuss our New Years’ resolutions as well as some of our top SciComm tips from throughout the year. If you’d like to discuss anything mentioned in this episode, feel free to tweet us (Dr. Mike – @drmikeographer / Dr. Karen Ring – @DrKarenRing).
In SciComm episode 25, we chat with brain scientist Daniel Toker. Daniel is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley. The main question he’s interested in is how the brain can generate conscious experience. He uses insights from graph theory and information theory to better understand what the brain is doing when it’s conscious, and what changes when it’s not. You can learn more about Daniel on his website www.danieltoker.com or find him on Twitter (@daniel_toker) and Instagram (@the_brain_scientist).
In SciComm episode 36, Dr Mike and I talk about our experience hosting and moderating the Twitter rocur account @IAmSciComm. I hosted the account in late January of 2017 and Dr Mike hosted the account in early 2016. Hear about our strategies for managing the account, engaging followers, and how not to burn out! It's an experience we recommend for anyone interested in scicomm.