12 episodes

Surprising stories behind STEM careers. A podcast from the University of Melbourne exploring the fears, hopes, and misconceptions about studying and working in STEM.

Secret Life of STEM University of Melbourne

    • Education
    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

Surprising stories behind STEM careers. A podcast from the University of Melbourne exploring the fears, hopes, and misconceptions about studying and working in STEM.

    A STEM of advice

    A STEM of advice

    We're back! After a brief hiatus, we're proud to unleash our series finale: A STEM of Advice. It's our most jam-packed episode yet, featuring tips and tricks from almost every guest we've interviewed so far.

    Our guests will take you through their greatest STEM achievements - and their greatest failings - in order to prepare you for your own upcoming adventures. Still unsure about a career in STEM? Feeling worried about your studies? Fear not - these reactions are normal, and will soon pass. If you don't believe us, just listen to Amy Shepherd, or Grace McKee, or Ellen Sandell...well, you get the picture.

    Then, three of our reverse-engineers are back to dish out the FYIs for your future STEM-studying self.

    This episode's reverse engineering is presented by Erin Grant, who will uplift you with her high-flying facts on helium.

    GUESTS:

    • Chloe Stuart - In@Science Mentor, University of Melbourne.
    • Josh Cake - Comedian, musician and recent science graduate, University of Melbourne.
    • Erin Grant - PhD candidate in biosensing, School of Physics, University of Melbourne.
    • Rebecca Vincent - an engineering student at the University of Melbourne.
    • Amy Shepherd - Neuroscientist and PhD graduate, University of Melbourne.
    • Grace McKee - Founder of Sisters in Science.
    • Ellen Sandell - Australian politician, State Member of Parliament, Melbourne.
    • Dr Georgia Aitken-Smith - a.k.a Some Blonde Scientist, science communicator.
    • Sarah Hanieh - Paediatrician working in global health and for Médecins Sans Frontières.
    • Mary Mathias - Community Manager for EngineerGirl and the Online Ethics Center, National Academy of Engineering, USA.
    • Dr. Leah Heiss - Designer and Academic, Wearable Health Technology & Human Centred Design, RMIT University.

    LINKS:

    • WISE - Women in Science and Engineering - https://www.wiseunimelb.com/
    • The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity - https://www.doherty.edu.au/
    • Indigenous STEM Education Project - https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM
    • Sisters in Science - https://www.sistersinscience.net/
    • Careers and Employability at the University of Melbourne https://students.unimelb.edu.au/careers
    • University of Melbourne Open Day: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/openday
    • study.unimelb.edu.au

    CREDITS:
    Guest Host: Catriona Nguyen-Robertson
    Episode Host/Supervising Producer/Science Advisor: Dr. Andi Horvath
    Producer/Editor: Silvi Vann-Wall
    Assistant Producer: Buffy Gorrilla
    Additional Editing: Arch Cuthbertson

    CONTACT:
    podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au

    • 20 min
    BONUS: In conversation with Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist of Australia

    BONUS: In conversation with Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist of Australia

    In this special bonus episode of Secret Life of STEM, our resident Science Advisor Dr Andi Horvath speaks to Australia's Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel.

    Listen in as Alan Finkel talks about his inspirations and biggest tips for aspiring scientists, and answers year 10's burning STEM questions. That's right, you submitted your questions, and now Alan Finkel has the answers.

    What is Alan Finkel's earliest 'STEMmory'? What challenges has he overcome in his career? What advice would he give his year 10 self? Find out in this bonus episode of Secret Life of STEM!

    GUESTS:

    • Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist of Australia

    LINKS:

    • Alan Finkel's Biography

    CREDITS:
    Episode Host/Supervising Producer/Science Advisor: Dr. Andi Horvath
    Producer: Buffy Gorrilla
    Assistant Producer/Editor: Silvi Vann-Wall
    Additional Editing: Arch Cuthbertson

    CONTACT:
    podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au

    • 23 min
    Growing pop cultures

    Growing pop cultures

    Futurists often use popular science-fiction stories to predict future STEM trends. Many technologies previously seen only on Star Trek and similar shows have now become everyday objects, like the iPad. Can you think of something you use today that might have come out of a sci-fi movie in the past?

    Also in this episode, we ask who or what inspired you to undertake STEM studies - did you have
    a favourite science character growing up? Or perhaps it was your teacher! We brought in the
    hosts of sci-fi radio program Zero G to help us look at the sci-fi movies that inspire people in
    STEM. We also went to a student BBQ to survey today's undergrads about who inspired them -
    and their answers may surprise you!

    This episode's reverse engineering is presented by Henry Duffield, who deep dives into AI and
    machine learning

    GUESTS:

    • Rob Jan, presenter and co-producer of 'Zero G', fiction, fantasy and historical radio on 3RRR FM.
    • Megan McKeough, co-presenter of Zero G on 3RRR FM.
    • Dr Emma Burrows, NHMRC-ARC dementia research development fellow.
    • Henry Duffield, Bachelor of Science Student at the University of Melbourne.

    LINKS:

    • Zero G on RRR
    • Spirit and Opportunity - NASA's Mars Exploration Program
    • An exploratory study of the relationship of Science-Fiction and Human-computer Interaction
    • The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health - Florey
    • The Draw-A-Scientist-Test (DAST)
    • Science Students Society

    CREDITS:
    Guest Host: Danielle Goulopoulos
    Episode Host/Supervising Producer/Science Advisor: Dr. Andi Horvath
    Producer/Editor: Buffy Gorrilla
    Assistant Producer: Silvi Vann-Wall
    Additional Editing: Arch Cuthbertson

    CONTACT:
    podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au

    • 23 min
    STEM in society

    STEM in society

    Want to use STEM to build a better, brighter future? You better listen up! The world of STEM is rapidly changing, just like you will be.

    In this episode, we speak to politicians, journalists, researchers, lecturers, event planners, and students about the big picture - that is, how STEM fits into society and the world beyond. So if you're curious about where STEM research ends up once a paper is published, or how interactive experiments can help make the world smarter, our influential guests have all the answers.

    Also in this episode, student Rebecca Vincent reverse engineers sunscreen - perhaps one of the most important STEM contributions to society yet.

    GUESTS:

    • Ellen Sandell, Australian politician, State Member of Parliament, Melbourne
    • Kate Ravillious, Science journalist from the UK
    • Dr Emma Burrows, NHMRC-ARC dementia research development fellow
    • Dominic Hare, Associate Professor at The Florey Institute
    • Ryan Kelly, Research fellow in the Interaction Design Lab
    • Rebecca Vincent, an engineering student at the University of Melbourne
    • Kristian Camilleri, Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science
    • Fiona Fidler, History and Philosophy of Science
    • Darrin Durrant, Historical and Philosophical Studies
    • Renee Beale, Victorian Science Week Lead and Engagement Manager

    LINKS:

    • Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    • Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces
    • Biometric Mirror
    • The History and Philosophy of Science Program
    • School of BioSciences
    • The 'Just Says in Mice' Twitter account
    • FactBar
    • National Science Week
    • study.unimelb.edu.au

    CREDITS:
    Guest Host: Catriona Nguyen Robertson
    Episode Host/Supervising Producer/Science Advisor: Dr. Andi Horvath
    Producer/Editor: Buffy Gorrilla
    Assistant Producer: Silvi Vann-Wall
    Additional Editing: Arch Cuthbertson

    CONTACT:
    podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au

    • 30 min
    STEM gets down to business

    STEM gets down to business

    How do you turn your STEM studies into a living wage? Or even better - how do you turn your golden STEM idea into actual gold? You might just find out in this episode of Secret Life of STEM.

    We talk to select entrepreneurs from the Melbourne Accelerator Program, a start up fund that helps grow Australian businesses. These people combined their knowledge of STEM and business, and are now using it to improve the world with the companies Beyond Ag and Curvecrete. You'll also hear from a teacher that turned her STEM skills into an automated roll-marking system. Neat!

    Also in this episode, our reverse engineer Danielle Goulopolous discovers what Google knows about you - and how to reduce that secret knowledge.

    GUESTS:
    ● Phoebe Gardner, Co-Founder - Beyond Ag
    ● Alex Arnold, Co-Founder - Beyond Ag
    ● Greg Nyilasy, Academic, Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne
    ● Warren Rudd, Co-Founder - Curvecrete
    ● Daniel Prohasky, Co-Founder - Curvecrete
    ● Danielle Goulopolous, Media and Communications Student
    ● Martin Elhay, Senior Business Development Manager, University of Melbourne
    ● Zoe Milne, Co-founder - Loop Learn

    LINKS:
    ● The Melbourne Accelerator Program - https://www.themap.co/
    ● Beyond Ag - https://www.themap.co/portfolio/beyond-ag
    ● The Wade Institute of Entrepeneurship - https://www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au/about/wade-institute-entrepreneurship/
    ● Curvecrete - https://curvecrete.com/
    ● What does Google know about you? - https://medium.com/productivity-in-the-cloud/6-links-that-will-show-you-what-google-knows-about-you-f39b8af9decc
    ● The Lean Startup - http://theleanstartup.com/
    ● Study Business and Economics at UniMelb - https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/interests/business-and-economics/
    ● Loop Learn Automated Roll-Marking - https://www.looplearn.net/
    ● Walter and Eliza Hall Institute - https://www.wehi.edu.au/
    ● Find a course - https://study.unimelb.edu.au

    CREDITS:
    Guest Host: Erin Grant
    Episode Host/Producer/Editor: Buffy Gorrilla
    Supervising Producer/Science Advisor: Dr. Andi Horvath
    Assistant Producer: Silvi Vann-Wall
    Additional Editing: Arch Cuthbertson

    CONTACT:
    podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au

    • 28 min
    STEM: Will I fit in?

    STEM: Will I fit in?

    "I want to have a career in STEM - but will I fit in?" - this is a question on the minds of many
    young STEM students! And for good reason: for many years, the fields of STEM have been
    overwhelmingly dominated by workers who are straight, male and white.

    But it's been proven that the best and most effective teams are diverse teams - whether they are
    diverse in race, gender, sexuality, ability or neurodiversity. Diversity brings together many
    different perspectives, which allows for more efficient problem solving and greater innovation.

    In this episode you'll hear from people like Sophia Frentz, a disabled, non-binary scientist who
    currently works as an analytical consultant for DeLoitte. They'll recount how their efforts made
    working in the lab more accessible for people like them. You'll also hear from Grace Kalinin, an
    indigenous science student at the University of Sydney, who is also participating in the
    Indigenous STEM Education Project at CSIRO.

    Also in this episode, Catriona Nguyen-Robertson explores "inherent" racial bias in her reverse-
    engineering segment on neuroracism.

    GUESTS:

    ● Bryce Hughes, assistant professor at Montana State University
    ● Sophia Frentz, analytical consultant at DeLoitte
    ● Chloe Stewart, a student of environmental science at RMIT
    ● David Cameron-Staples, Senior Engineer at Unix Systems and Technology Management
    at Infrastructure Services
    ● Catriona-Nguyen Robertson, PhD candidate, the Peter Doherty Institute
    ● Grace Kalinin, participant in the Indigenous STEM Education Project, CSIRO
    ● Grace McKee, Founder of Sisters in Science

    LINKS:
    ● WISE - Women in Science and Engineering - https://www.wiseunimelb.com/
    ● DeLoitte - https://www2.deloitte.com/au/en.html
    ● Bachelor of Environmental Science - https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/major/environmental-science/
    ● The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity - https://www.doherty.edu.au/
    ● Indigenous STEM Education Project - https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM
    ● Sisters in Science - https://www.sistersinscience.net/
    ● To explore the range of STEM courses UniMelb has on offer, see: study.unimelb.edu.au

    CREDITS
    Guest Host: Amy Shepherd
    Episode Host/Producer/Editor: Buffy Gorrilla
    Supervising Producer/Science Advisor: Dr. Andi Horvath
    Assistant Producer: Silvi Vann-Wall
    Additional Editing: Arch Cuthbertson

    CONTACT
    podcasting-team@unimelb.edu.au

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Education