We’re on hiatus for the summer, but filmed a special episode to highlight a crowd-funding project that we think deserves a voice and hopefully some funding.
We talk to Janna Eaves, CTO and Co-Founder of Miss Possible, a start-up company looking to empower girls to follow their dreams by creating a line of children’s dolls showcasing female role models from STEM fields. Miss Possible is currently running a crowd-funding campaign in order to start production on their first doll (Marie Curie). Janna tells us all about what Miss Possible is and hopes to do, as well as how a couple of entreprenuerial women started their own line of dolls while finishing their undergraduate degrees in engineering.
Miss Possible Website
Miss Possible Indiegogo Crowd-funding Campaign
Miss Possible on Facebook & Twitter
We learn about the tiny things that make soil function while talking to Natalie Bray, a Master’s student at Columbia University.
Follow along with the research being done by Conservation Biology Students at Columbia University featured on Breaking Bio Blitz on their blog, http://www.cuinthefield.wordpress.com
In episode 64 we talk with Steve Phelps of the University of Texas at Austin about the evolution of social behaviour, prairies voles, singing mice, Twitter for academics, the academic work life and more!
Erin Eastwood (@eastofthewoods), an MSc student at Columbia University, talks to us about her research on Marine Protected Areas and small scale fisheries in Fiji.
You can follow along with Erin’s research and field work on her blog East of the Woods, as well as on the Columbia University Conservation Biology Summer Research Blog CU In The Field.
Al Jazeera America science correspondant Dr. Crystal Dilworth gave us the scoop on some of her work spreading science on the big screen. From playing Tajel in the PhD Movie, to interviewing scientists for AJ Tech Know on Al Jazeera America, and from inspiring TEDx talks to projectile vomiting in the name of science, Crystal tells all about her unusual path to becoming a high-profile science communicator.
You can follow Crystal on Twitter @PolycrystalhD, and be sure to check out her TEDx talk, her web series Fail Lab (probably don’t watch the final episode over lunch), and her feature on PBS’ The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.
Breaking Bio Blitz is something new we’re trying, where we speak with students who are just starting out on their path to becoming biologists about their upcoming research. Our first Breaking Bio Blitz guest is Cynthia Malone, a Master’s student at Columbia University who will be exploring conflicts between wildlife and oil palm plantations in Cameroon.
You can follow along with Cynthia’s work on Twitter (@cynth_malone).
Don’t worry, we’re not the ones dancing. Stuart Wigby (@StuartWigby) from the University of Oxford sits down to talk to us about his work on fruit fly sex, how aging impacts reproduction, and why his PhD students feel as comfortable on the dance floor as they do in the lab!
Be sure to check out Stuart’s former PhD student, Cedric Tan’s “Dance Your PhD” video on Sperm Competition Between Brothers and Female Choice.
This week’s guest is ecologist and all-around bird nerd Dr. Alex Bond. Alex was an adjunct at the University of Saskatchewan when we talked to him, but he’ll soon beginning his new position as a Conservation Scientist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in the UK. Alex talked to us about the wide variety of ornithological research he’s involved with, the importance of natural history to science, and why puffins are giant D-bags! Come for the feathers, stay for the fun!
Follow along with Alex’s research & upcoming field work in the middle of nowhere on Twitter (@thelabandfield) and his blog The Lab & Field (http://labandfield.wordpress.com/).
It’s coral reefs, it’s climate change, it’s us making connections for our next African vacation. It’s episode 60 with Emily Darling (@emilysdarling), marine ecologist extraordinaire! And good news: we’re not all screwed. Well, mostly. Probably. Okay, look, watch the interview and decide for yourself.
It’s dolphin time! Join us as we talk with Justin Gregg, research associate at the Dolphin Communication Project, author of the new book Are Dolphins Really Smart, and voiceover artist. Bonus: a brief discussion on dolphin assisted birth and why that’s a really dumb idea.