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Abstract: The Future of Science Jeremy Ullman

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Bringing unprecedented accessibility to graduate research.

New interviews on graduate research released every Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked!

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    Ep. 60 - Peanuts & Allergenicity ft. Casey Cohen

    Ep. 60 - Peanuts & Allergenicity ft. Casey Cohen

    Casey Cohen is pursuing a PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. His research focuses on peanut allergy; he's evaluating different processing methods and their effects on allergenicity. The ultimate goal of his research is to develop a ‘modified peanut’ that can be used as a safer and more efficacious substrate for peanut allergy treatments. Yummy!

    Tune in for answers to questions like...
    What are the peanut processing methods and how do they affect allergenicity?
    Where do allergies come from?
    What is the difference, biochemically, between allergy to food and other allergies?
    Why peanuts and not other nuts?
    What's going on in a peanut on a molecular level?
    and many, many more!

    Topics & Concepts
    Autoclave
    Allergens
    The Immune System
    Pathogens
    Genetics
    The Hygiene Hypothesis
    Gideon Lack
    Tolerance
    Exposure: Oral vs. Dermatological
    Sensitization
    Eczema
    Legumes, Ground Nuts & (Goofy) Goobers
    Protein & Fat
    Asthma
    Antibodies: Immunoglobulin E (IgE)
    Treatment
    The Future of Peanut

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    • 31 min
    Ep. 59 - Superhydrophobia ft. Breno Sequeira

    Ep. 59 - Superhydrophobia ft. Breno Sequeira

    Breno Sequeira is a Master's candidate in Chemical Engineering at McGill University. He is working as a researcher in the biomimetics surface engineering lab. His current research aims to manufacture nonstick and superhydrophobic food and waste plastic containers. I was blown away by the processes behind the production of these materials, and discovered my new favorite word!

    *Note: Due to the visual nature of our discussion on the topic of "Contact Angle," please refer to the diagram at the following link for clarification: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Force-diagram-of-Youngs-equation-and-associated-Contact-Angle-measurement_fig1_280115341

    Topics & Concepts
    Biomimetics
    Self-Cleaning & Water-Repellancy
    Micro & Nanostructures
    Surface Coatings
    Hydrophobia vs. Hydrophilia
    (Criteria for) Superhydrophobia
    Superoliophobicity & Omniphobicity
    Contact Angle*
    The Rose Petal Effect
    Industry Applications
    Injection Molding
    Laser Micromachining
    Environmental Impact

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    Breno's Contact Info
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brenomumic/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brenomumic
    Instagram: @brenomumic
    ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Breno-Sequeira
    E-mail: breno.sequeira@mail.mcgill.ca

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    • 27 min
    Ep. 58 - Compulsive Exercise & Eating Disorders ft. Laura Hallward

    Ep. 58 - Compulsive Exercise & Eating Disorders ft. Laura Hallward

    Laura Hallward is a PhD candidate in Kinesiology specializing in Exercise and Health Psychology at McGill University. Her research focuses on better understanding lived experiences with compulsive exercise in individuals with eating disorders. She speaks directly with people with these pathologies and explores how these topics are discussed on social media!

    Tune in for answers to questions like...
    How do we diagnose compulsive exercise and eating disorders?
    What makes food and exercise different than other addictions?
    What is the role of social media in helping or hindering support?
    How can I improve my health today, starting right now?
    and many more!

    Topics & Concepts
    Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia & Binge Eating
    Fear of Food
    The DSM
    Addiction & Dependence
    Mental Health & Stress
    Moderation
    Compulsive Exercise
    Social Media: Thinspiration & Fitspiration
    Support, Treatment & Recovery
    Quadrant II Activities
    Exercise Is Medicine
    Intuitive Eating & Intuitive Movement
    Intermittent Fasting

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    Resources
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey (https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits/)

    Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works - Elyse Resch, Evelyn Tribole (https://www.intuitiveeating.org/our-books/)

    The Canadian national ED Information Centre (https://nedic.ca)
    (If you'd like more information or to seek help for an eating disorder, please check out this link.)

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    Core Collective Sign-up Link
    https://thehabitsociety.com/core-collective/

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    Contact Info
    Jeremy, the Host: abstractcast@gmail.com
    Laura, the Guest: laura.hallward@mail.mcgill.ca

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    • 29 min
    Ep. 57 - Black Holes & Neutron Stars ft. Abbie Stevens, PhD

    Ep. 57 - Black Holes & Neutron Stars ft. Abbie Stevens, PhD

    Abbie Stevens is an energetic, friendly and curious postdoctoral fellow in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. She studies black holes and neutron stars by looking at X-ray light coming from stars they're gobbling up!

    Tune in for answers to questions like...
    How do binary systems form?
    What is the process of stellar evolution?
    What are the different types of black holes and where do we find them?
    How do stars die and what kind of remnants do they leave behind?
    and many more!

    Topics & Concepts
    Stellar Mass
    Stunning Supernovae
    Beautious Black Holes
    Neutron Stars
    Compact Objects
    Cosmic Waterfalls
    Optical Depth (Density)
    Accretion Physics
    Supermassive Black Holes
    X-ray Binaries
    Pulsars & Precise Periodic Pulsations
    4U 1543-47
    Outburst
    Spicy Plasma Physics
    Black Hole Jets

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    Resources
    PBS Nova (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/)
    Crash Course: Astronomy (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtPAJr1ysd5yGIyiSFuh0mIL)

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    • 32 min
    Ep. 56 - Moral Injury & Ethics ft. Joe Inhaber

    Ep. 56 - Moral Injury & Ethics ft. Joe Inhaber

    Joe Inhaber is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. His research is focused on the phenomenon of Moral Injury, and he's seeking better understanding of the kinds of things capable of violating a person’s sense of proper ethical conduct. He's the third of three life-long best friends to be on the show -- stick around to find out who's in the mystery trio!

    Tune in for answers to questions like...
    What is moral injury?
    Can moral injury be self-inflicted, by action or even thought alone?
    How is moral injury different from PTSD?
    How do observers and perpetrators of horrific life events differentially experience those events?
    What’s the role of intention in amoral action?
    How can trauma catalyze personal growth?
    and many more!

    Topics & Concepts
    Moral Injury
    Ethical Conduct
    Psychological Dissonance
    Perpetrator vs. Observer
    Trait Psychopathy
    Diathesis-stress Model
    Predisposition
    Environment
    PTSD: A fear-based disorder
    Guilt, Shame & Anger
    Military
    Moral- vs. Fear-Based Trauma
    Occupational Hazards
    Therapies
    Memory
    DSM: The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual
    EMDR
    Accidental vs. Deliberate Action
    Post-Traumatic Growth
    Finding Meaning in Suffering
    Obsession, Compulsion & Functionality

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    Joe's Recommended Readings
    Moral Injury and PTSD: Often Co-Occurring Yet Mechanistically Different
    https://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.neuropsych.19020036

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    • 38 min
    Ep. 55 - Biomaterials & Beyond ft. Bishakh Rout

    Ep. 55 - Biomaterials & Beyond ft. Bishakh Rout

    Bishakh Rout is a self-professed highly motivated PhD researcher in Chemical Engineering at McGill University. He is studying the surface modification of biomaterials and the application of hydragels in contact lens technology! Get ready for a fast-paced 25-minute interview -- the shortest Abstract interview yet, and the first of many shorter-form interviews, for all you busy bees out there!

    Tune in for Answers to Questions Like...
    How does one deliver medication through the eyeball?
    What is a hydrogel and what are its applications in biomaterials?
    What similarities/differences do we find between surface and embedded biomaterials?
    What kinds of interactions and influences do these biomaterials have on the body?
    and many more!

    Topics & Concepts
    Contact Lenses
    Nanotechnology & Nanocarriers
    Drug Delivery
    Polymers
    Crabs & Cyrosin
    Vitamins & Phytochemicals: Curcumin, Quercitin, Leutine
    Timolol (Beta-Blocker)
    Hydragels
    Gaseous Coating
    Biomaterials: Surface vs. Embedded
    Inflammation
    Rejection
    Performance
    Proteins
    Recommended Readings (See Below)

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    A Sampling of Bishakh's Publications
    Work describing plasma polymer thin coatings on hydrogels - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ppap.202000191
    Work on nanocarriers for drug/therapeutic delivery - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-07444-w
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1572100017304404
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0927776516300029

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