93 episodes

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.    

Super Awesome Science Show (SASS‪)‬ Curiouscast

    • Education
    • 4.4 • 102 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.    

    The miracle of MRNA vaccines

    The miracle of MRNA vaccines

    It has been a long and painful pandemic but the light at the end of the tunnel is within our sights. While there are many reasons for what will surely be a celebration, there is one one particular medical advancement that has raised all of our spirits and may represent the future for battling disease. It’s the mRNA vaccine.

    This week, we’re closing out our season on COVID-19 science with a guest we all need to hear. He is Pieter Cullis and he a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  at the University of British Columbia. He is one of the founders of mRNA vaccine technology, although when he started this journey over four decades ago, there was a very different reason for the work. It’s a story you need to hear to truly get a feel for the miracle that is mRNA vaccines. 

    I want to thank everyone who asked a question over the course of this season. It helped to make the show interactive and also more informative. If you have any questions, you can still reach me on Twitter or by Email. Have a great summer and I look forward to better times and awesome science. 

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com

    Guest:
    Pieter Cullis
    https://biochem.ubc.ca/person/pieter-cullis/ 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min
    COVID-19 Variants - SASS Class

    COVID-19 Variants - SASS Class

    It’s time for the Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class on COVID-19 variants.

    I want to thank everyone who reached out to me. We received quite a few and will try to answer them today. 

    We’re back with Earl Brown, a professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa and also a colleague with whom I’ve performed research and published on emerging pathogens such as SARS and avian flu. He has been observing the impact of variants and is ready to answer your questions. 

    Next week is our season finale and it is with one of the original researchers behind the mRNA vaccine technology. He’s been doing it for over 40 years and best of all, it’s been done right here in Canada. You won’t want to miss it.  

    Twitter: @JATetro
    Email: thegermguy@gmail.com

    Guest:
    Earl Brown
    https://web5.uottawa.ca/www2/mcs-smc/media/experts-details-324.html 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    COVID-19 Variants

    COVID-19 Variants

    Over the course of the pandemic, our vocabulary has gained a specific word that has come to represent great concern and distress in our global community. Variant. In the context of COVID-19, it has meant a resurgence in viral infections, resistance to treatments, and the risk of an ineffective vaccine. 

    This week, we’re going to look at the science behind SARS-CoV-2 variants with Earl Brown. He’s a professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa and also a colleague with whom I’ve performed research and published on emerging pathogens such as SARS and avian flu. Our discussion will not only enlighten you but also reveal aspects of the nature of variants you won’t hear anywhere else. 

    While we try to identify all the potential questions you might have regarding wastewater testing, I’m sure you will have more. 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

    Guest:
    Earl Brown
    https://web5.uottawa.ca/www2/mcs-smc/media/experts-details-324.html 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    COVID-19 and wastewater - SASS Class

    COVID-19 and wastewater - SASS Class

    It’s time for the Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class on COVID-19 and wastewater.

    I want to thank everyone who reached out to me. We received quite a few and will try to answer them today. 

    We’re back with Tyson Graber, a research associate at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. He has been working on the development of wastewater testing and has gained support from the local government who now shares that data with the population. 

    Over the last few months, I have received a few questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on those living with Multiple Sclerosis. I have reached out to Farrah Mateen, an Associate Professor of Neurology and her clinical practice focuses on helping and treating MS patients. She has been learning of the impacts of the pandemic from her patients and also through her international collaborations with researchers in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

    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

    Guest:
    Tyson Graber
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tysongraber/?originalSubdomain=ca

    City of Ottawa Wastewater Surveillance
    https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/reports-research-and-statistics/Wastewater_COVID-19_Surveillance.aspx

    Farrah Mateen
    https://www.massgeneral.org/doctors/19421/farrah-mateen 

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    COVID-19 and wastewater

    COVID-19 and wastewater

    It may seem like COVID-19 is everywhere and this week, we’re going to find out how we can take advantage of that fact. Research has shown that the virus behind the disease, SARS-CoV-2 can survive in sewage and be identified using a diagnostic test. More importantly, the results of those tests provide an early warning system to communities about the spread of the disease. 

    Our guest this week has been working on the development of wastewater testing and has gained support from the local government who now shares that data with the population. His name is Tyson Graber and he is a research associate at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. 

    While we try to identify all the potential questions you might have regarding wastewater testing, I’m sure you will have more. 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

    Guest:
    Tyson Graber
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tysongraber/?originalSubdomain=ca

    City of Ottawa Wastewater Surveillance
    https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/reports-research-and-statistics/Wastewater_COVID-19_Surveillance.aspx 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    The science of Covid-19 Diagnostics - SASS Class

    The science of Covid-19 Diagnostics - SASS Class

    It’s time for the Super Awesome Science Show SASS Class on COVID-19 and diagnostic tests.

    I want to thank everyone who reached out to me. We received quite a few and will try to answer them today. 

    Our guest this week has been focused on why we need diagnostic tests for all to get us past this pandemic and to keep us safe and confident even long after. She is Cherie Lynn Ramirez and she is an assistant professor in the Chemistry and Physics Department at Simmons University. She was the Deputy Director of the Global Learning Studio at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University.

    Recently, she and her colleagues wrote a discussion piece on the need for universal access to diagnostic tests. You can find that paper below. 

    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

    Guest:
    Cherie Lynn Ramirez
    https://www.simmons.edu/academics/faculty/cherie-ramirez

    Cherie Lynn Ramirez’s discussion on universal testing:
    https://www.rapidtests.org/wrong-not-to-test

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Happy sleepers ,

Enjoying science based information

I’ve been enjoying the science information provided in the Super Awesome Science Show (SASS). It’s great to have a source of reliable information about topics currently of interest in the real world.

marymousse12345 ,

amazing show

being french speaking, it is not always easy to listen to English podcast, but yours is fantastic! You have a great radio voice Mr germ guy!

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?

Top Podcasts In Education

The Atlantic
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
TED
Rich Roll
H2Owebmedia
TED and PRX

You Might Also Like

More by Curiouscast

Curiouscast
Dark Poutine / Curiouscast
CHED / Curiouscast
HPC Inc.
Escaping Denver / Curiouscast
Curiouscast