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On Season 2 of The Super Awesome Science Show Jason Tetro explores the science behind Pandemics with the help of some of the brightest minds in science today.  From vaccines to a potential second Wave of COVID we'll try and help you understand every aspect of what's going on and answer your science questions. Science made simple, that's what we're all about, Now with new episodes every single week.    

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    • 4.4 • 89 Ratings

On Season 2 of The Super Awesome Science Show Jason Tetro explores the science behind Pandemics with the help of some of the brightest minds in science today.  From vaccines to a potential second Wave of COVID we'll try and help you understand every aspect of what's going on and answer your science questions. Science made simple, that's what we're all about, Now with new episodes every single week.    

    Victory with Vaccines

    Victory with Vaccines

    There’s no doubt vaccines have changed our world for the better. We’ve been able to save countless lives from several infectious diseases and managed to eradicate one of the deadliest, smallpox, off the planet. Now people are calling for a vaccine to fight COVID-19 to ensure it is controlled, eliminated and eventually eradicated.

    For this episode, we reached out to Peter Hotez. He’s spent decades developing vaccines and has been a leader in the COVID vaccine movement. He’s the Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the co-Director for the Center for Vaccine Development at the Texas Children’s Hospital. 

    While this discussion will be enlightening, I’m sure you will have questions. Which is why I hope you reach out to me on Twitter, by Email, or via voice message at Speakpipe.com/SASS. Just follow the link below and send me your thoughts.  

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com
    Voice Message: https://speakpipe.com/SASS 

    Guest:
    Peter Hotez
    https://www.bcm.edu/people-search/peter-hotez-23229  

    Books by Peter Hotez
    https://www.amazon.com/Books-Peter-Hotez/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3APeter+Hotez  





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    • 22 min
    Pandemic Panic Q&A

    Pandemic Panic Q&A

    It’s time for the Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class on panic..

    I want to thank everyone who reached out to me. We received several questions, many of which were asked more than once. And then there was one that it seems everyone wanted to ask. 

    Our guest is again Mark Honigsbaum at the City University of London, author of the book, “The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris.”   

    If you didn’t hear your question, make sure to contact me on Twitter, by Email and now, via voice message at Speakpipe.com/SASS. Just follow the link below and send me your thoughts.  

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com
    Voice Message: https://speakpipe.com/SASS 

    Guest:
    Mark Honigsbaum
    https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/mark-honigsbaum 

    “The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris”
    https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/the-pandemic-century/ 





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    • 18 min
    Pandemic Panic

    Pandemic Panic

    When infections strike, it’s normal for people to be concerned. Depending on the extent of spread within a community, that concern can deepen leading to individual panic and mass hysteria. Whie this is rare for most outbreaks, it is almost guaranteed when large scale epidemics and pandemics occur. 

    This week, we’re going to explore the science behind the panic with Mark Honigsbaum, a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the City University of London. Last year, he wrote “The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris” and it offers a fascinating glimpse into how pandemics affect us. 

    While we do tackle a number of topics, when it comes to the way society reacts to a contagion, there are always questions  If you have any questions, reach out to me on Twitter, by Email, or via voice message at Speakpipe.com/SASS. Just follow the link below and send me your thoughts.  

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com
    Voice Message: https://speakpipe.com/SASS 

    Guest:
    Mark Honigsbaum
    https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/mark-honigsbaum 

    “The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris”
    https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/the-pandemic-century/ 





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    • 30 min
    The Marvels of the Mask: Q&A

    The Marvels of the Mask: Q&A

    It’s time for the Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class, mask edition.

    Once again, I was thrilled to see so many questions and want to thank everyone who reached out to me on Twitter, by Email, and also at speakpipe.com. This is definitely a controversial topic and I’m glad we’ll be able to discuss this topic further.

    I have M. Taher Saif with me to help answer those questions. He’s the he Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor at the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois who studied the effectiveness of homemade masks.

    We had quite a few questions this week and I hope we can continue this trend. I’d also love to put you on the show. Send me a voice message at https://speakpipe.com/SASS  and tell me what is on your mind. Especially if you didn’t hear your question on this episode. 

    I do hope you enjoy this new style of The Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class and ask that you take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts and be sure to tell a friend about the show. Thanks to you, we are a two-time Canadian Podcast Award winner. Keeping the awesome momentum going is more important than ever as we need to work together to fight off this pandemic. In the meantime, stay calm, stay safe, stay informed, and as always, make sure to show ‘em some SASS.

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com
    Voice Message: https://speakpipe.com/SASS 

    Guest:
    M. Taher Saif
    https://mechanical.illinois.edu/directory/profile/saif





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    • 18 min
    The Marvels of the Mask

    The Marvels of the Mask

    When dealing with a respiratory virus like the common cold, influenza, and SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, a mask is without a doubt one of the best ways to protect yourself.

    But, masks are not perfect. You need to be sure you have enough of them for one. And then you have to make sure they work to protect you. After all, why wear something that is just going to let the droplets in. 

    We’re going to explore how masks work and why homemade masks may be better for you than those medical ones you see in healthcare facilities.. 

    Our guest is M. Taher Saif and he is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor at the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. He’s studied the effectiveness of masks and is here to explain the science behind masks. 

    I’ll try to hit as many topics as possible but am sure you will have more questions. To ask our guest or maybe me, just reach out on Twitter, by Email and now, via voice message at Speakpipe.com/SASS. Just follow the link below and send me your thoughts.  

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com
    Voice Message: https://speakpipe.com/SASS 

    Guest:
    M. Taher Saif
    https://mechanical.illinois.edu/directory/profile/saif

    Study:
    Performance of fabrics for home-made masks against the spread of COVID-19 through droplets: A quantitative mechanistic study
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352431620301802





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    • 31 min
    The Science of COVID - Airborne Spread goes Viral: Q & A

    The Science of COVID - Airborne Spread goes Viral: Q & A

    It’s time for the Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class, airborne spread edition.

    I have to admit, I was taken aback by the questions and want to thank everyone who reached out to me on Twitter, by Email, and also at speakpipe.com. I know this subject is both scary and surprising and appreciate that we need answers.

    It’s why I have Steven Rogak with me to answer those questions. He’s a mechanical engineering professor at the University of British Columbia and a world expert on the morphology, transport properties and dynamics of aerosol nanoparticles, which happen to include viruses like SARS-CoV-2.

    Most of the questions happen to fall into one of a few categories so for this class, I’ve taken the most popular and am asking them. In the future, we’ll be playing some of your voice messages at speakpipe.com/SASS so be sure to reach out to me and tell me what is on your mind. Especially if you didn’t hear your question on this episode. 

    I do hope you enjoy this new style of The Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class and ask that you take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts and be sure to tell a friend about the show. Thanks to you, we are a two-time Canadian Podcast Award winner. Keeping the awesome momentum going is more important than ever as we need to work together to fight off this pandemic. In the meantime, stay calm, stay safe, stay informed, and as always, make sure to show ‘em some SASS.

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com
    Voice Message: https://speakpipe.com/SASS 

     

    Guest:
    Steven Rogak
    https://mech.ubc.ca/steven-rogak/





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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Centauri27 ,

Informative and interesting! But what happened?

I discovered the Super Awesome Science Show from another one of my podcasts and it’s a great find. Jason Tetro really does make science interesting. The podcasts are short (half hour) and easy to listen. Very interesting subjects and subject matter experts. BUT...the show has been offline for many months. Has Jason Tetro lost interest?

booboodoodoo ,

Elephant in the room

There needs to be more education and discussion about global warming. The science (or politics) is NOT settled on possibly the most important issue of our generation.

gras94 ,

One of the most unscientific thing I’ve ever listened to.

All episodes are incredibly superficial and shockingly unscientific. The social media episode was hilariously stupid. Try getting a real expert who actually knows something about how tech works or brains work and isn’t a social media addict herself. “Quitting social media is too drastic” who is this a 12 year old??? Grow up! Incredibly irresponsible to have a pathetic study consisting of one week and no controlled variables. This podcast is a joke.

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