BB 91 – Putting Brains to Many Good Uses with Dr. Kelley Remole

Dr. Kelley Remole, Director of Neuroscience Outreach at Columbia University, talks about her #AltActober experience working as an educator & administrator after finishing her PhD.

Show Notes:
Neurodome – http://www.neurodome.org/
Brains in the City – http://www.columbiabrains.com/
Brains @ AMNH – http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/brain-the-inside-story

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Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach – http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/cuno/
Twitter – @notjustbrainsci – https://twitter.com/notjustbrainsci
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelleyremole

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BB 90 – From Doctor to Documentary with Dr. Nate Dappen & Dr. Neil Losin #AltActober

With PhD’s in evolutionary biology in their back pockets, Drs. Nate Dappen and Neil Losin set out to become wildlife filmmakers and science communicators. #AltActober continues with Nate and Neil sharing how they teamed up to form their production company, Day’s Edge Productions, and some simple advice for those looking to share their work in a visually compelling way.

Show Notes:
Snows of the Niles
Islands of Creation teaser
Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Maize

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Website – http://www.daysedge.com/
Twitter – @DaysEdge – https://twitter.com/DaysEdge
Twitter – @neillosin – https://twitter.com/neillosin
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Days-Edge-Productions-132249730176458

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Episode 89 – Public Radio & Education with Ariel Zych #AltActober

For a long time, the assumption has been that once you get your PhD it will only be a matter of time until you’re offered a professorship, ideally on the tenure track, and that any other career outcome is a disappointment. However, this depiction of traditional versus alternate academic careers is shifting, especially in light of recent data showing a mere 10-20% of people graduating with a PhD in science actually end up with faculty positions in the academe! So with that in mind, for the entire month of October, Breaking Bio will be bringing you interviews with people who jumped from the academic career track and into the world of Alt-Ac, a series that we’re oh-so-cleverly calling #AltActober. We’ll be talking to a broad range of people, all with diverse backgrounds and who have gone on to find successful & fulfilling careers outside the “normal” career trajectory presented to PhD students and post-docs.

Ariel Zych, Education Manager of the Science Friday Initiative, helps us kick off #AltActober, by explaining why she decided to leave a funded PhD position to explore the world of teaching, education and non-profit outreach, and how she ended up working for one of the most successful popular science media franchises in North America: Science Friday.

Show Notes:
Sylvia Earle
SciFri’s #ExplainTheSun
Ariel’s work on Jadera haematoloma

 

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Twitter – @Arieloquent – https://twitter.com/Arieloquent
Science Friday Science Club – http://sciencefriday.com/teacher-resources/index.html#page/full-width-list/1

 

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Episode 88 – Beetles and Battling Sexism with Beulah Garner

Beulah Garner, Senior Curator of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum joins us to share her love for beetles, experiences from field work, and how women in the natural sciences are still faced with inappropriate behaviours and sexist attitudes directed at them.

Show notes:
Natural History Heroes – Evelyn Cheesman

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Website – http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/beulah-garner.html
Blog – http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/blogs/beetles
Twitter – @thiswordistaken – https://twitter.com/thiswordistaken
Friends of Coleoptera at the Natural History Museum (Facebook) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/38603112572/
Beetles and Bugs NHM (Flickr) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/nhm_beetle_id/

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Episode 87 – Frogs, Fellowships, and Family with Dr. Lauren O’Connell

Dr. Lauren O’Connell, Bauer Fellow at Harvard University, joins us to talk about her work on poison dart frog ecology, being an early career woman scientist with kids, and how she’s helping school kids learn about the world around them by raising frogs.

Show Notes:

Bauer Fellowship program at Harvard University (watch for a new call for applicants soon!)
L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowship
Little Froggers School Project

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Lab Website
Twitter – @frogmaven
Facebook

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Episode 86 – Getting Infested with Brooke Borel!

Brooke Borel, Contributing Editor at Popular Science Magazine and freelance science writer, joins us to discuss her new book Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, the industry behind edible insects, and how to fact check your journalism.

Show Notes:
Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated our Bedrooms and Took Over the World
“Disgusting” Bugs That Infested Burning Man Not Actually Disgusting
The Rise of the Incredible, Edible! Insect(PDF)
Robert Usinger biography
The Invisibles by David Zweig

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Our Modern Plagues – http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/our-modern-plagues

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Episode 85 – Brain Food with Dr. Joe Schumacher

Dr. Joe Schumacher, Post-doc at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience joins us to talk about treeshrews and how complicated the brain truly is!

Show Notes:
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Treeshrews
GCaMP video (not by Joe)

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Lab Website – http://www.maxplanckflorida.org/our-science/our-scientists/joe-schumacher/

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Episode 84 – Playing with snakes with Dr. David Steen

Dr. David Steen of Auburn University joins us to talk about the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi), what he’s doing to help conserve this endangered species, and how Twitter is helping him improve public knowledge surrounding venomous snakes in North America.

Show Notes:
The Best Biologist on Twitter – by Nicholas Lund (@TheBirdist)
Catherine Scott on Twitter – @Cataranea
Jimmy Stiles on Twitter – @wildtaught

Indigo snake eating a copperhead. Photo by James Godwin, used with permission.

Indigo snake eating a copperhead. Photo by James Godwin, used with permission.

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Website – http://davidasteen.com/
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Episode 83 – Catching up with the Crew

Things have been happening in the lives & work of our faithful crew, but this episode will catch you up on what everyone’s been up to. How do 4 early career biologists feel about academia at this point? Find out!

Show notes:

Science Careers “Advice” column – http://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6244/206
Episode 36 with Christy Wilcox & social media – http://breakingbio.com/2013/07/10/episode-36-christie-wilcox/

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Episode 82 – Mysterious Thrips in the Outback with Dr. James Gilbert

We’re back from our Spring Hiatus with a new show! This week, Dr. James Gilbert of the University of Hull stops by to tell us how to make new discoveries by accident, and the kinky world of bushcricket sex.

Show Notes:

Thrips avoiding desiccation by being awful individuals – http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/6/1338.short
Male genital titilators in bushcrickets – https://jdjgilbert.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/2011-vahed-et-al-titillators-proof.pdf
Handcuffs, traps and spikes shed light on the sex lives of insects – https://theconversation.com/handcuffs-traps-and-spikes-shed-light-on-sex-lives-of-insects-26425

 

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Research Website – https://jdjgilbert.wordpress.com/research/
Blog – https://jdjgilbert.wordpress.com/
Writing at The Conversation – https://theconversation.com/profiles/james-gilbert-95433/articles

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