9 episodes

Anion The Future is a podcast for exploring academic’s novel ideas, origins and networks. It aims to bring advanced current research to an accessible level for all and see where we, as a society are headed. It is a discussion of ideas and stories. Ideally we’ll cover a broad range of fields – from science to education.

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Anion The Future is a podcast for exploring academic’s novel ideas, origins and networks. It aims to bring advanced current research to an accessible level for all and see where we, as a society are headed. It is a discussion of ideas and stories. Ideally we’ll cover a broad range of fields – from science to education.

    E5 - Dr Edwin Johnson | Smart Surfaces of the Future

    E5 - Dr Edwin Johnson | Smart Surfaces of the Future

    I am joined (in late Dec 2020) by Dr Edwin Johnson, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Newcastle and current Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield. We discuss his PhD titled Competition in Polymer Brushes – Understanding specific ion effects in complex environments.

    Ed’s Twitter @Ed_Johnson_Au

    Ed’s Google Scholar 


    Temperature dependent specific ion effects in mixed salt environments on a thermoresponsive poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) brush - https://doi.org/10.1039/C8CP06644B

    Interplay of Composition, pH, and Temperature on the Conformation of Multi-stimulus-responsive Copolymer Brushes: Comparison of Experiment and Theory - https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c00424

    Enrichment of Charged Monomers Explains Non-monotonic Polymer Volume Fraction Profiles of Multi-stimulus Responsive Copolymer Brushes - https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01502

    The direction of influence of specific ion effects on a pH and temperature responsive copolymer brush is dependent on polymer charge -https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2020.123287


    00:00:57 – Intro

    00:01:40 – Decision to do a PhD

    00:03:33 – Changes through the PhD

    00:05:19 – Submitting a PhD during COVID

    00:08:20 – Break down of Ed’s Thesis. Bridging chemistry and biology with polymers. What is a polymer brush?

    00:15:00 – Throwing out logistics for potential applications. Spider-man gloves. Sound responsive polymers for deafness?

    00:20:21 – Projects of the thesis.

    00:21:00 – Specific ion effects.

    00:23:20 – Mixtures of salts; mixtures of polymers

    00:25:26 – Multi-stimulus responsive polymers

    00:26:05 – Neutron Reflectometry

    00:26:47 – Competitive specific ion effects

    00:29:14 – ANSTO – researching with neutrons. Nuclear research.

    00:34:14 – Neutron Reflectometry vs Ellipsometry – how they work

    00:37:45 – Music – the importance of other passions during a PhD.

    00:39:21 – Live Melodica music

    00:40:21 – Exercise (Running and Street Orienteering)

    00:41:42 – Travelling during the PhD

    00:44:16 – Moving to the UK. Postdoctoral position the University of Sheffield. Concern about travelling.

    00:55:00 – Differences in research with the Netherlands

    00:57:26 – Anything you could research.

    01:05:44 – Working hard, or smart?

    01:10:38 – Wrapping up

    Bonus Content

    01:12:55 – Food science – so complicated at the chemical level.

    01:18:26 – Ethics discussion on using cadavers on bypass for research?

    01:25:00 – Hype science and journalism.

    01:27:42 – How does smell work?

    01:29:26 – Mouth feel science.

    01:32:12 – Aussie chat.

    01:34:44 – Call out for Aussie things for Ed to take to the UK?

    • 1 hr 38 min
    E4B - Anthony Saltis - Competence and Culture

    E4B - Anthony Saltis - Competence and Culture

    This is part 2 of the episode co-hosted by Kas Gregory and Supakarn Nakavisut, interviewing Anthony Saltis. We discuss time travel, Capitalism, mobile phones in society, the Dunning-Kruger Effect, education, children in parliament and happiness vs productivity.

    00:42 – Time Travel Philosophy

    06:10 – Antibiotic resistance

    09:05 – Work Culture and pandemics – Capitalism

    13:20 – Unified moral preference of society

    16:25 – Mobile phones in society – dopamine machines

    25:15 – Dunning-Kruger Effect – The four stages of competence

    34:00 – Anthropology – risk-taking behaviours

    38:15 – Experienced teachers

    43:45 – Thailand Education Reform

    46:40 – Finnish Education system

    49:19 – Children in Parliament?

    53:35 – American Election (talked about in early September)

    56:48 – Happiness vs Productivity

    The YouTube version will be delayed, as I haven't yet made the SMArt, and I am working on a new idea.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    E4A - Anthony Saltis | Philosophy and Medicine

    E4A - Anthony Saltis | Philosophy and Medicine

    This episode is co-hosted by Kas Gregory and Supakarn Nakavisut. We interview Anthony Saltis about Philosophy and Medicine, touching on Medical and medicinal anthropology, medical ethics, identity, and the construct of time. Sometimes we got a bit side-tracked, but hopefully you enjoy, nonetheless. We recorded an impromptu interview, and I thought it was interesting enough to share.

    Anthony is currently studying Medicine at the University of Sydney and also has received a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from the University of Newcastle. Supakarn is currently teaching in Myanmar after receiving his Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Plymouth. Kas is studying his PhD at the University of Newcastle, after completing a combined Bachelor of Mathematics (Applied Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry - Honours - University Medal).

    03:08 - Medicinal and Medical Anthropology
    07:41 - World Health Organisations amendment to a position statement on health.
    12:59 - Validity and Truth concepts in medical research
    15:03 - "Medicines the Law"
    17:44 - Medical Ethics - COVID-19
    21:46 - Four Pillars of Medical Ethics
    23:09 - Karma 24:35 - Consequentialism
    29:59 - "What is Life?"
    31:11 - Parfit Brain Transplant and Personal Identity.
    34:04 - Schopenhauer type philosophy then Determinism.
    37:20 - Interruption of Anthony to discuss time.
    39:54 - Sensory Deprivation Tank Testimonial from Supa
    43:22 - Inspirations to study Medicine

    The YouTube version will be delayed, as I haven't yet made the SMArt, and I am working on a new idea.

    • 48 min
    Coast Run Goes Global Announcement

    Coast Run Goes Global Announcement

    Register: unelife.com.au/epc-coast-run

    Donate: https://epc-coastrun.raisely.com/  

    Transcript: Hello, and welcome to Anion The Future. This is a quick announcement for the Coast Run Goes Global Event. The event is raising money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and consists of trying to log as many running kilometres this week as you can. Similar to step challenges like Steptember. It is currently running this week and is open to absolutely anyone. To register, I’ll put a link in the description, but you can follow the instructions at unelife.com.au/epc-coast-run or google “Coast Run Goes Global” – it’s the top link for me but maybe that isn’t the case for everyone. The event has already started, and I only just thought of making this announcement to spread the word, but I believe anything you’ve done already this week will count if it has uploaded to Strava and it goes through until this Sunday 20th September 2020. I’ve currently clocked up 20km – so the challenge is there for you to beat me!

    Now a bit of background on the event. My dad started the Coast Run 40 years ago while he was on college. He somehow manage to convince a group of college students to do a 200km relay run from Earle Page College in Armidale, to Coffs Harbour, and raise money for a good cause while doing it. The power of a novel idea. Over the course of the 40 years it has raised over $800,000 for children’s medical research, whilst simultaneously inspiring over 1000 students to live healthier lives and provide an avenue for students to gain real world skills, as the event has really evolved into a something much bigger, incorporating things like fashion parades and local discount cards that requires a team to put it all together.

    For me personally it was a fun event to be involved in each year. I was the little primary school kid that would attempt to outrun the college students. It gave me exposure to a large variety of people following a broad set of career paths from a young age, and seeing a little what an academic life might look like. Attempting to expand my network right from the get go. It was definitely great to see an event like that continue each year where so many people were running further then they ever had in their life. It was an event for pushing boundaries. The first time I ran a half marathon distance was on Deer-Vale, part way through the run. It probably plays a bit of a role in my origins helping to spur my running through school and seeing that sometimes, to achieve something that seems unachievable there can be a great power in just starting it, and then it’s amazing how momentum, supportive friends and the will to finish can take over to get you across the line.

    Anyway, this year due to COVID-19 it can’t run as normal, so has gone ‘global’. I hope many of you decide to join up – it’d be great if collectively we could reach 1000km, although even better would be 8000km (the distance of 40 years worth of Coast Runs), however we’d probably need a strong surge in participants at the moment. There are currently 39 runners.

    If you’d like to find out more, I interview Brent about it in episode E2B. It is about 55minutes into the episode. If you aren’t much of a runner but still want to donate, I’ll put a link to that in the description as well epc-coastrun.raisely.com

    Hope to see you on the Strava Coast Run Goes Global “Club”. Game on!

    • 4 min
    E3 - Dr Sarah Pearson | Innovation | Particle Physics, Cancer Diagnosis & Cadbury

    E3 - Dr Sarah Pearson | Innovation | Particle Physics, Cancer Diagnosis & Cadbury

    I am joined by Dr. Sarah Pearson, the current Deputy Director-General for Innovation at Advance Queensland. We discuss Sarah’s career that started in Particle Physics but has since included, cancer research, Cadbury confectionary, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), with a huge focus on collaborative innovation.
    Sarah’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahpearsoninnovation
    Sarah’s Twitter https://twitter.com/InnovationSarah
    Advance Queensland Website https://advance.qld.gov.au/


    00:01:14 – Sarah’s current work at Advance Queensland
    00:02:14 – Innovation out of COVID-19
    00:03:40 – The ups and downs of Sarah’s Oxford PhD
    00:09:00 – Careers Highlights
    00:11:17 – Moving to Australia
    00:11:47 – Working at McKinsey
    00:12:52 – Becoming a parent – refocusing priorities
    00:14:40 – Moving to Armidale – moving back into Physics and restructuring
    00:16:36 – Breast Cancer research
    00:18:23 – Outreach programs to get young people, especially women into STEM
    00:19:18 – Open Innovation at Cadbury
    00:22:33 – Back to Australia – struggled for a bit
    00:23:08 – CEO at ANU Enterprise + Night jobs like the Scaling Frontier Innovation Program
    00:26:54 – Canberra Innovation Network – company to build an ecosystem. Mass collaboration.
    00:28:33 – Brief UoN stint
    00:28:37 – Chief Innovation Officer at DFAT
    00:30:29 – Head of Innovation Queensland
    00:30:44 – Work-life balance
    00:32:11 – Important Networks and influential people
    00:36:10 – Childhood impacts on career. Moving around a lot.
    00:38:37 – Merging innovation with encouraging women in STEM
    00:43:14 – How to build inclusive new economies?
    00:44:07 – How will innovation change the future?

    Intro Music by Supakarn Nakavisuit (https://bit.ly/33ZtIh8)
    Outro Music by Kasimir Gregory
    SMArt – “Puppy” by Kasimir Gregory

    • 47 min
    E2C - Brent Gregory | Future Universities, Networks & Creativity

    E2C - Brent Gregory | Future Universities, Networks & Creativity

    Brent and I discuss the future of Universities, the importance of soft networks and clusters of competence, creativity and the 6 thinking hats. New music in the introduction by Supakarn Nakavisut (@BARE MUSIC - https://bit.ly/33ZtIh8) 00:00:43 – Intro (Music by Supakarn Nakavisut) 00:01:25 – Specialising/decentralising Universities? 00:04:45 – Future of Universities 00:08:10 – Purpose built cities/communities 00:13:08 – Implementing the change despite pushback? Improving quality of life. 00:19:15 – Importance of teams and networks 00:23:58 – What recruiters say about networking skills 00:27:50 – Work hrs vs pay research (correlations) 00:32:01 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 00:33:20 – Six Thinking Hats 00:37:35 – Creativity and Innovation – “The literature of life is something we shouldn’t devalue” 00:45:22 – Accelerated Learning 00:48:31 – Tools and Drills for creativity? 00:50:52 – Clusters of Competence 00:53:43 – The impact of the coffee shop 00:54:25 – The Manhattan Project (20 Nobel Laureates) 00:55:14 – Gambling with Maths cluster; Silicon Valley; Musical crossovers 01:00:02 – What is the causal factor? What aren’t we measuring? 01:02:00 – Accounting is about making things visible 01:05:40 – Find Brent at ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brent_Gregory Intro Music by Supakarn Nakavisut (https://kaensupakarn.wixsite.com/bare-music/music) Outro music by Kasimir Gregory (http://anionthefuture.com/) SMArt  - "Butterflying" by Kasimir Gregory (http://anionthefuture.com/category/smart-codes/)

    • 1 hr 6 min

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