Breaking Bio Episode 69 – Getting semi-social with Dr. Sandra Rehan!

We talk to Dr. Sandra Rehan of the University of New Hampshire about her work on the evolution of sociality, the natural history of bees, and what it’s like to be a new prof!

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Breaking Bio Episode 68 – #SAFE13 with Drs. Clancy, Nelson, Rutherford & Hinde

This week, we sit down and discuss the #SAFE13 project, which is bringing incidences of sexual harassment and assault in scientific field research to light, with the study’s authors: Dr. Kate Clancy, Dr. Robin Nelson, Dr. Julienne Rutherford, and Dr. Katie Hinde.

The #SAFE13 paper is open access and can be read for free –

This week’s guests:
Dr. Kate Clancy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Dr. Robin Nelson, Skidmore College
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Dr. Julienne Rutherford, University of Illinois, Chicago
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Dr. Katie Hinde, Harvard University
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Breaking Bio Episode 67 – Autotrophs, roll out! with Dr. Hope Jahren


Tom talks to Dr. Hope Jahren from the University of Hawaii Manoa about her work on plants and how they deal with changing climates, both in recent years and long in the past.

Learn more about Hope’s research & read her excellent writing at:
Lab webpage
Personal blog – Hope Jahren Sure Can Write (she’s not kidding, she really, really can)
Twitter – @HopeJahren

Shortly after this episode was taped, Hope published an incredibly moving and important opinion piece in the New York Times regarding Science’s Sexual Assault Problem. We highly recommend you take the time to read it if you haven’t done so already.

Breaking Bio Episode 66 – Fighting Bad Medicine with Dr. David Gorski

We sit down to talk with Dr. David Gorski, oncologist and science blogger, about his long blogging career and his continuing crusade against crack-pot medical advice.

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Breaking Bio #65 – Sex chromosomes & Math for Biologists with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres!

We sit down to talk about the evolution of sex chromosomes and the diversity of ways organisms determine sex with Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres of Arizona State University. Dr. Wilson Sayres also explains why math is important for biologists, and how public outreach and engagement needs to become more common from practicing scientists.

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Breaking Bio Special! Miss Possible & Role Models for Girls

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

Breaking Bio Blitz! Erin Eastwood

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.

Episode 63 – Movies, TV and Science Communication with Dr. Crystal Dilworth

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.