Are you searching for great stories to ignite your curiosity, teach you to perform better in life and career, inspire your mind, and make you laugh along the way? In this science podcast, Dr. Marie McNeely introduces you to the brilliant researchers behind the latest scientific discoveries. Join us as they share their greatest failures, most staggering successes, candid career advice, and what drives them forward in life and science.
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Greetings science fans!
We’re elated to welcome you to People Behind the Science where we explore the lives and experiences of the people behind the research and scientific discoveries of today.
People Behind the Science’s mission is to inspire current and future scientists, share the different paths to a successful career in science, educate the general population on what scientists do, and show the human side of science.
In each episode, a different scientist will guide us through their journey by sharing their successes, failures, and passions. We are excited to introduce you to these inspiring academic and industry experts from all fields of science to give you a variety of perspectives on the life and path of a scientist.
Our esteemed guests will tell you:
what motivates them and how they balance their competing responsibilities
how they worked through some of the most challenging times in their careers
advice to help you through your own journey through life and science
People Behind the Science is a podcast focused on the people doing fascinating research through interviews with top scientists. We are proud to have interviewed so many inspiring scientists, including U.S. National Academy scientists like Josh Sanes, Nick Spitzer, Lou Muglia, Jacob Israelachvili, Gene Robinson, Larry Squire, John Dowling, James Berger, and David Spergel, as well as popular scientists in the media like Donna Nelson (science advisor for the TV show Breaking Bad) and Jack Horner (science advisor for the Jurassic park movies). We are honored to have shared their amazing stories with people in all 50 states in the USA and in over 120 countries across the world.
Examining the Migration of Marine Animals to Inform Management and Conservation - Dr. Autumn-Lynn Harrison
Dr. Autumn-Lynn Harrison is Program Manager of the Migratory Connectivity Project and a Research Ecologist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Her research focuses on the migration of marine animals. In order to help manage and conserve these animals, she uses data from small tracking tags to understand where they go, habitats they depend on, and places that are important to them. Outside work, she loves canoeing, kayaking, watching college football, and playing flute and piccolo in a community band.
Surgeon and Scientist Studying Signal Transduction in Head and Neck Cancer - Dr. Jennifer Grandis
Dr. Jennifer Grandis is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco as well as an American Cancer Society Professor. She is working to understand the key features of head and neck cancer in order to develop more effective treatments. Jennifer and her husband like to go running every morning with their dogs near their home in San Francisco. Reading and cooking are two additional activities that bring Jennifer great happiness.
Making Critical Connections to Clarify the Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity - Dr. Robert Malenka
Dr. Robert Malenka is the Pritzker Prof. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Pritzker Lab, and Deputy Director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University. He studies how brain cells communicate with each other via chemical and electrical signals, how connections between neurons (synapses) work at a molecular level, and how nervous subset, changes occur (plasticity). Rob is also an avid tennis player, traveler, wine collector, and fan of sci fi and spy thriller movies.
Hunting Down Genes that Cause Human Disease - Dr. Wendy Chung
Dr. Wendy Chung is the Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Director of Clinical Genetics at Columbia University. As a human molecular geneticist, she seeks out rare and unexpected causes behind health problems in people. Her lab works to identify genes that cause human diseases and use this information to inform the creation of novel treatments. Wendy spends most of her free time hiking, swimming, bicycling, doing puzzles, and completing scavenger hunts with her family.
Long-Term Success in Research on Memory, Language, and the Brain - Dr. Randi Martin
Dr. Randi Martin is the Elma Schneider Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rice University and an Adjunct Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Science at Baylor College of Medicine. Her lab studies language and memory. They work with people who have had damage to specific areas in the brain (e.g. a stroke) to see what abilities are affected and unaffected. Outside work, Randi loves dancing (country western, swing, salsa, ballroom, and other styles) and reading mystery novels.
Investigating How the Brain Allows Us to Learn and Use Language - Dr. Gabriella Vigliocco
Dr. Gabriella Vigliocco is Professor of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London and a Scientist in Residence at MRRI in Philadelphia. She studies how kids learn language and how adults use language. She is interested in how the brain allows us to produce language, understand language, and create representations in our thoughts. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her son, cooking Italian and fusion dishes for family and friends, reading, and going to classical music concerts.
Real scientists doing great things
I love hearing about scientists’ lives, especially if they are trying to save the planet or explore the cosmos.
This is flat out a brilliant show. Marie interviews with passion and incisiveness. She exudes confidence and a genuine interest in her guests. She brings out their humanity; the result is that a layperson, like myself, is able to get closer to the science and appreciate it. Dr. McNeely brings vivid life to a subject that could be very dry. Bravo!
Love this show
One of the best programs.I always look forward to each show.