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What's the latest in science these days? How can scientific advances help improve our world? And what's it like to be a scientist, anyway? Every two weeks we delve into the intersections between science, technology, and society, featuring guest researchers who present a fresh perspective on their work, what goes on behind the scenes, and the latest developments in their fields.

Transcripts available: www.bluesci.co.uk/category/podcast/

Brought to you by the Cambridge University Science Magazine.
Hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre.
New episodes every other Monday.

BlueSci Podcast Cambridge Uni Science Magazine

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What's the latest in science these days? How can scientific advances help improve our world? And what's it like to be a scientist, anyway? Every two weeks we delve into the intersections between science, technology, and society, featuring guest researchers who present a fresh perspective on their work, what goes on behind the scenes, and the latest developments in their fields.

Transcripts available: www.bluesci.co.uk/category/podcast/

Brought to you by the Cambridge University Science Magazine.
Hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre.
New episodes every other Monday.

    The next generation of solar cells, with Dr Elizabeth Tennyson

    The next generation of solar cells, with Dr Elizabeth Tennyson

    This week we speak to Dr Elizabeth Tennyson, postdoctoral researcher and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory. Earlier this year, she was named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women's Engineering Society for her work on sustainability. She works on a new class of materials called perovskites, which in the last decade or so have become incredibly exciting for applications in solar cells. She tell us about her research using optical microscopy techniques to understand these materials, how she ended up working in renewable energy, and what it’s like working in such a fast-paced and hyped-up field. She also shares her experiences translating research from the lab to real-world applications, specifically from her role in the Affordable Perovskite Solar Irrigations Systems project for small-holder farmers in Ethiopia. You can find Beth at @beth_tennyson on Twitter.

    The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre and sponsored by Greiner Bio-One. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: podcast(at)bluesci.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter on @bluescipod.

    • 42 min
    Understanding protein behaviour at the nanoscale, featuring Dr Jerelle Joseph

    Understanding protein behaviour at the nanoscale, featuring Dr Jerelle Joseph

    Welcome back to the BlueSci Podcast! We are fresh from our summer break and have a lot of new exciting science to share! 

    This week our guest is Dr Jerelle Joseph, a post-doc in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Jerelle completed her PhD in atomistic protein modelling and is now doing post-doc studying intracellular liquid-liquid phase separation. She talks to us about how understanding protein biochemistry at a single protein level as well as a multi-protein level is crucial for biomedical research. 

    Jerelle also talks to us about the CariScholar organisation, a mentorship initiative she founded in order to link Caribbean students to academics and professionals worldwide. 

    Details on CariScholar can be found here: https://www.carischolar.com/

    The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre and sponsored by Greiner Bio-One. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: podcast(at)bluesci.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter on @bluescipod.

    • 36 min
    Exciting announcements and summer break (don't worry - we'll be back!)

    Exciting announcements and summer break (don't worry - we'll be back!)

    In this week's episode it's just your hosts, Ruby and Simone! We thought we’d use this episode to share some of the things that we’ve been up to as part of our work as the hosts of the podcast, and make some announcements. 

    Firstly, we share our thoughts following our podcast collaboration with Simone Erlingfeld from Cambridge Quaranchats, a humanities-based podcast. In this 2-episode collaboration, we discussed some of the best fragments from both of our podcasts, and explored how each connected to both the sciences and humanities. We also talked about how politics and ethics affect scientific research, and how society's perception and understanding of science can help inform policymaking and encourage positive change. Make sure to check these episodes out! 

    Secondly, we are going to take a short break from the podcast to refresh and plan more episodes for you to enjoy! In the meantime - please get in contact us with any questions, comments or suggestions for the podcast on Twitter (@bluescipod) or email (podcast@bluesci.co.uk). Do you know someone we should interview? Do you want us to interview you? Let us know!

    See you in August! 

    Listen to the podcast with Cambridge Quaranchats on your favourite digital platform, via: https://anchor.fm/quaranchats/episodes/18--Pandemic-Partners-Sciences--Humanities-link-up--wBlueSci-Pod-part-1-egi7dv

    • 10 min
    Printing the future, with Tanyaradzwa Mangoma

    Printing the future, with Tanyaradzwa Mangoma

    This week we're learning about additive manufacturing and bioelectronics! Our guest is Tanyaradzwa Mangoma, a PhD candidate based at the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing group in the Institute of Manufacturing and the Bioelectronics group in the Department of Engineering. Her research focuses on fabricating additively manufactured neuromorphic and neural network devices based on organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs).  She chats to us about her work, what it’s like working in such a fast-paced interdisciplinary field, and what the future could hold for personalised bioelectronic medicine.

    A transcript of this episode will be up on our website shortly.

    You can follow Tanyaradzwa's on Twitter @TanyaradzwaMa19 and find out more about her work here.

    The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre and sponsored by Greiner Bio-One. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: podcast(at)bluesci.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter on @bluescipod.

    • 27 min
    Meet the graduate students behind the COVID-19 educational webapp, featuring Daniel Muthukrishna and Nick Taylor

    Meet the graduate students behind the COVID-19 educational webapp, featuring Daniel Muthukrishna and Nick Taylor

    For today's episode we've invited PhD students Daniel Muthukrishna and Nick Taylor to tell us about a COVID-19 modelling web-app they made in collaboration with Dr Cerian Webb. The website, called lowhighcovid, is an educational resource which allows users to learn about mathematical modelling and infectious disease statistics, interactively set and observe the outcomes of control measures, and visualise COVID-19 data in real time from a global data feed. 

    Dan (Astrophysics) and Nick (Plant Epidemiology) tell us how they came up with the idea for the app whilst having a drink at their college bar, and how it evolved into the resource it is today. They explain what it takes to build an interactive modelling app from scratch and what they have learned along the way. 

    You can find the lowhighcovid app here and take a look for yourself: https://lowhighcovid.herokuapp.com/ 

    The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre and sponsored by Greiner Bio-One. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: podcast (at) bluesci (dot) co (dot) uk. You can also follow us on Twitter on @bluescipod.

    • 31 min
    Understanding the immune response to the SARS-CoV2 virus, featuring Dr Chinedu Ugwu

    Understanding the immune response to the SARS-CoV2 virus, featuring Dr Chinedu Ugwu

    This week we spoke to Dr Chiendu Ugwu, a lecturer and a research fellow at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID) at Redeemer's University in Ede, Nigeria (https://acegid.org/).  He has just been granted a Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Award to study the immune correlates of protection to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Nigeria (SIP-NG). We speak to him about how he designed this new project, how the results will contribute to effective vaccine design, and how better and more sustainable frameworks for international collaboration are essential to making research and opportunities more accessible to all communities.

    A transcription of this episode is available on our website: https://www.bluesci.co.uk/posts/podcast-023-chinedu

    You can find out more about Dr Ugwu's current research project (SIP-NG) here: https://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-africa-updates/sars-cov-2-immune-correlates-of-protection-in-nigeria-sip-ng/ And his work at Redeemer's University here: http://staff.run.edu.ng/process.php?active=myprofile&usrid=RUN%2FREG%2FSS%2FPF%2F843. To see other projects funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Award: https://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/initiatives/emergency/.

    The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre and sponsored by Greiner Bio-One. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: podcast (at) bluesci (dot) co (dot) uk. You can also follow us on Twitter on @bluescipod.

    • 24 min

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