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Abstract: The Future of Science Jeremy Ullman

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    Success & Failure ft. Jeremy Ullman

    Success & Failure ft. Jeremy Ullman

    This is my second solo podcast, and features the full recording from a talk I gave at the "Seeking Success" event organized by the Center for Conscious Awareness. It's packed full of great quotes, as well as some of the main themes and takeaways from my non-linear academic and creative paths!

    Quotes
    1. If you find a path with no obstacles it probably doesn't lead anywhere. - Frank A. Clarke
    2. Success is moving in the right direction, not getting 100% on the first try. - Karen Gazith
    3. We should always be asking ourselves: is this something that is or is not in my control. - Epictetus
    4. We fail when we stick to something that's not a good fit. - Seth Godin
    5. Someone is sitting in the shade today because somebody planted a tree a long time ago. - Warren Buffet
    6. The biggest risk of all is not taking one. - Mellody Hobson

    Timeline
    0:00 - Introduction
    1:23 - Quote 1
    1:39 - Academic Path
    6:37 - Intro to Success
    8:28 - Your Success is Not My Success
    9:07 - Framing
    9:52 - First Steps: Reflection Before Action
    10:34 - Quote 2
    10:52 - Taking Action
    11:22 - Expectations & Their Violation
    12:23 - Management & Chunking
    15:31 - Note-taking
    16:04 - Self-Auditing & Flow
    18:59 - Quote 3
    19:20 - Control
    21:25 - Newton's Law of Motion in the 21st Century
    26:21 - Quote 4
    26:34 - Failure
    28:41 - 4 Things To Do Before Your Quit, #1: Take Your Time
    30:46 - #2: Struggle a little
    31:37 - #3: Make mistakes
    32:31 - #4: Don't blindly follow your dreams
    33:19 - After You Quit: Say Yes
    34:26 - Slido on Failure
    36:15 - Connecting
    37:14 - #1: Don't Reinvent the Wheel
    38:38 - #2: Keep It Organic
    39:07 - #3: Embrace Rejection
    40:50 - Quote 5
    41:30 - Mindfulness
    41:44 - #1: Balance
    42:44 - #2: Moderation in Self-Awareness
    43:36 - #3: Energy Release & Regeneration
    45:27 - Quote 6
    45:50 - Takeaways & Closing Remarks

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    • 48 min
    Ep. 79 - Evolution: From Chimps to Chests ft. Éamon Callison

    Ep. 79 - Evolution: From Chimps to Chests ft. Éamon Callison

    Éamon Callison, originally from Denver (elevation ~5280 ft), is finishing his PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Philosophy of Science at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by an MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of Cambridge. His dissertation work has focused on understanding the form and function of the human chest. He is interested in how humans have evolved to breathe during sustained endurance activities, like running, and how selection has affected how we use our ribs to inhale and exhale. To answer these questions, he has measured thoracic motion in humans, dogs, and goats, examined lots of bones, measured human fossils, and worked in the Peruvian Andes (elevation ~14230 ft). We're extremely lucky to have him on the show -- and trust me when I say: he delivers!

    Sneak Peek

    Q: What do coyotes, pigeons and humans have in common?
    A: They're all massively adaptible and flourish in different environments.

    Q: Why am I a biped?
    A: UBER Eats didn't exist 7 million years ago.

    Q: Are there as of yet unknown biological mechanisms that could confer even greater ventilation ability in humans?
    A: *nerding out so hard you need to take a breather* yes and no...

    TOPICS & CONCEPTS
    Breathing & Ventilation
    Gestation & Birth
    Evolution of the Thoracic Cage
    Environment & Culture
    Natural Selection: Heritability, Variation & Competition
    The Modern Human Timeline
    Last Common Ancestors (LCA) & Chimpanzees
    Forest Fragmentation & The Evolution of Bipedality
    Energy Expenditure
    The Treasured Chest
    Paleontology
    Funnel vs. Barrel
    The Expensive Tissue Hypothesis
    Shape vs. Function
    The Costovertebral Joint: Curvature = Motion
    Goats on Treadmills
    Vacuums & Negative Pressure
    A Visceral Piston
    Sprinters & Weight-LIfters
    Pump-Handle vs. Bucket-Handle
    High-Altitude Adaptations & The Peruvian Quechua
    Highlights of Grad School

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    /// CLOSING REMARKS

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    • 44 min
    Ep. 78 - Nanoparticles & 3D Printing ft. Keroles Riad

    Ep. 78 - Nanoparticles & 3D Printing ft. Keroles Riad

    Keroles Riad is a former Public Scholar at Concordia University where he received a Ph.D in the Individualized Program (INDI) developing new materials (ex. nanoparticles) for 3D printing. His research leverages novel techinques like Flame Spray Pyrolysis and Stereolithography, among more traditional methods in chemistry, like combustion reactions. He led the “Waste Not, Want Not” initiative on campus for which he received the Quebec Lieutenant-Governor Youth Medal. Since the beginning of “Waste Not, Want Not” in 2016, the Concordia community doubled their annual composting, and each Concordian reduced their annual overall waste by 16%. Outside of academia, Kero's hobbies include reading and playing chess and ping-pong.

    TOPICS AND CONCEPTS
    Individualized Research Programs
    Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
    Nanoparticles
    Size Scales
    mRNA Vaccines
    Pill Coatings
    Good and Bad Nanos
    3D Printings & Materials
    UV & The Light Spectrum
    Fire & Water: Wet vs. Other Chemistry
    Flame Spray Pyrolysis
    Combustion & Oxidation Reactions
    Quantum Dots
    Color & Energy

    /// EXTRAS
    Kero's viral article on Nanoparticles and mRNA vaccines here.

    /// SOCIALS
    Keroles Riad [IG, FB, Twitter, LinkedIn]
    @Kerologist [Twitter]
    @enufCanada [IG, FB, Twitter, LinkedIn]

    /// CLOSING REMARKS

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    • 36 min
    Ep. 77 - Gynecology & The Heart ft. Ida Derish

    Ep. 77 - Gynecology & The Heart ft. Ida Derish

    Ida Derish is a PhD candidate in the department of Experimental Surgery at McGill University. She is currently spearheading efforts to study patient-specific differences in heart disease under the supervision of Dr. Renzo Cecere, a cardiac surgeon. She's been passionate about science communication ever since starting graduate school and is proud to say that she's been the recipient of multiple presentation awards (2nd place @ McGill’s 3-Minute Thesis competition, 2021; 1st place @ Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, 2020). She is also the co-founder and CEO of GynAware, a start-up that focuses on developing a medical biopsy device that will enable women to make more conscious choices about their gynecological health. A few fun facts about Ida: "I speak Russian, English and French, and I enjoy going mushroom picking in the forest."

    TOPICS & CONCEPTS
    Fast-Tracking to a PhD
    Heart Repair
    The Age Factor
    Stem Cells
    Cell Signaling (e.g. Calcium)
    Heart in a Dish
    The Placenta
    Heart Cells: Cardiomyocytes & Endothelial Cells
    Angiogenesis
    Heart Disease by the Numbers
    The Cardio and The Vascular
    Future Therapies
    Clinical Trials & Population Representation
    Timeline of Experimentation
    The Personalized Medicine Paradox
    Statistical Significance
    Getting Down & Dirty With Demographics
    GynAware
    Uterine Fibroids
    Surgeries: Laparoscopy & Hysterectomy
    Urology vs. Gynecology

    /// LINKS & CONTACT
    GynAware Website Link: http://gynaware.com/
    Ida's Email: ida.derish@mail.mcgill.ca

    /// CLOSING REMARKS

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    • 36 min
    Ep. 76 - Space Sexology ft. Simon Dubé

    Ep. 76 - Space Sexology ft. Simon Dubé

    Simon Dubé is a Public Scholar and PhD candidate in Psychology at Concordia University specializing in human sexuality, sex-tech, and Erobotics – the study of human-machine erotic interaction and co-evolution. His work also explores Space Sexology, and how we can integrate sex research into space programs. He is a student representative of the International Academy of Sex Research and a general co-Chair of the International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots. He's that and a whole lot more as you're about to experience in the next 40 minutes. So sit back, strap in and hold on for dear life as we shoot for the stars and beyond on this week's episode of Abstract!  

    TOPICS AND CONCEPTS
    Intro to Space Sexology
    Human Behavior & Psychology
    Biopsychosociality
    Are we having sex in space yet?
    Extraterrestrial Habitation
    Love Cloud (https://lovecloudvegas.com/)
    Space Tourism: Pleasure & Leisure
    What are the issues with space sex and reproduction?
    The Factor Equation
    Space as a Challenge Amplifier
    Mitigating Bio-Psycho-Socio-Culturo-Sexual Problems Abroad
    Applications of Sex Tech & Erobotics
    Vanna Bonta Suits
    The Space Problem in Space
    Astronauts
    The Future of Humanity in Space

    /// EXTRAS

    Check out Simon et al's most recent publication: The Case for Space Sexology
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00224499.2021.2012639?journalCode=hjsr20

    /// CONTACT INFO

    Simon Dubé
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simon.dube.75
    Twitter: @SciDub11
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-dub%C3%A9-53ba9012b/

    /// CLOSING REMARKS

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    • 39 min
    Ep. 75 - Beyond Grad School ft. Austin L'Ecuyer

    Ep. 75 - Beyond Grad School ft. Austin L'Ecuyer

    From Academia to the Workforce. We discuss Austin L'Ecuyer's transition out of 7 years of engineering schooling and into the working world. You might remember Austin from his star performance on Ep. 21 where we discussed his own Master's research on Turbulence and Fluid Dynamics in great detail -- if you're curious to learn more about that, please check it out!

    RESEARCH REVIEW
    Turbulence & Turbulent Flows
    Checkerboard Fans, Length Scales & Bonus Energy

    TRANSITION: ACADEMIA --> WORK FORCE
    Engineering Consulting & Drafting
    Project Size & Pacing
    Feedback
    Supervision

    LOOKING BACK
    P.Eng: Professional Engineering License
    Is a Master's worth it?
    Mastering Speech & Communication
    Specialization & Making a Difference
    Collaboration

    RECOMMENDATIONS
    Application Considerations
    Procrastination: Undergrad vs. Grad School

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    Austin's Published Thesis:
    [Link Coming Soon]

    /// CLOSING REMARKS

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    • 32 min

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