41 episodes

"What Do Scientists Do?" is a STEM podcast for all ages! In each episode, a guest expert teaches us all about a new science, technology, engineering, or math topic. How do we study things that are too small to see with our eyes? How do we keep track of ocean creatures that swim all around the world? Our guests answer these questions and more!

Do your curious kids have questions they’d like answered by an expert? Send us an email and/or voice recording at whatdoscientistsdo@superstaff.ca or find us @scientistsdopod on Twitter and Instagram.

This podcast is made by SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University, a network member of Actua.

What Do Scientists Do‪?‬ SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

"What Do Scientists Do?" is a STEM podcast for all ages! In each episode, a guest expert teaches us all about a new science, technology, engineering, or math topic. How do we study things that are too small to see with our eyes? How do we keep track of ocean creatures that swim all around the world? Our guests answer these questions and more!

Do your curious kids have questions they’d like answered by an expert? Send us an email and/or voice recording at whatdoscientistsdo@superstaff.ca or find us @scientistsdopod on Twitter and Instagram.

This podcast is made by SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University, a network member of Actua.

    Amazed by ants: Bugging out with Dr. Aaron Fairweather

    Amazed by ants: Bugging out with Dr. Aaron Fairweather

    🐜 Tune in to the latest episode of "What Do Scientists Do?" for a conversation abuzz with everyone's favourite creepy crawlies: ants! 🐜
    In this hilarious and (compound) eye-opening episode, we're joined by the wicked smart myrmecologist Dr. Aaron Fairweather (they/them) as we dig deep into the world of bugs, insects, and the intricate lives of ants. Listen in as we chat about ant daycares, how beetles are named, and uncover the secrets behind how ants farm and their long history as the original pesticide experts. 🌿🧑‍🌾 Do you know what a Dracula ant is? Listen in to find out! 🧛🏽‍♂️
    So grab your magnifying glass, find a butterfly net, and get ready to journey into the world of ants and beyond! ✨
    This podcast is available to listen to with captions on SuperNOVA's YouTube.
    SuperNOVA at Dalhousie is a non-profit organization based out of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, dedicated to low-barrier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Check us out on our website, Instagram, or X (previously Twitter) for more information and science fun.

    • 32 min
    Symphony in the sea: Exploring Arctic soundscapes with Emmanuelle Cook

    Symphony in the sea: Exploring Arctic soundscapes with Emmanuelle Cook

    Join us as we dive into the world of ocean sounds with Emmanuelle Cook (she/her), a PhD student as Dalhousie's Department of Oceanography! In this episode, we make a splash exploring what the waters in the Arctic sound like! 🌊 🎵
    Emmanuelle shares her work on Arctic ocean acoustics (or figuring out what the water sounds like in the Arctic). By listening in to the sounds of ice, snowmobiles, and seals, we can figure out what the Arctic sounds like and start to make predications about how these sounds might change in the future, especially in the face of climate change. 🎤 🦭
    Keep your ears open for some special Arctic sounds, courtesy of Emmanuelle!
    This podcast is available to listen to with captions on SuperNOVA's YouTube.
    SuperNOVA at Dalhousie is a non-profit organization based out of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, dedicated to low-barrier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Check us out on our website, Instagram, or X (previously Twitter) for more information and science fun.

    • 18 min
    Voyage into virology: Unraveling the mysteries of viruses with Dr. Craig McCormick

    Voyage into virology: Unraveling the mysteries of viruses with Dr. Craig McCormick

    In this episode of "What Do Scientists Do?," Jess hangs out with Dr. Craig McCormick (he/him), a virologist and professor at Dalhousie University's Department of Microbiology & Immunology. We dive into the wild world of viruses--we're talking virus conferences, the tricky side of virus research, and why these tiny things are such a big deal!
    Dr. McCormick (petri) dishes on virology: unlocking the mysteries of coronaviruses and influenza viruses, what makes these microscopic troublemakers tick, and how scientists like Dr. McCormick can crack their genetic codes.
    Ever wonder how scientists actually see these tiny microbes? Discover the tricks of the trade, from plaque assays to electron microscopes, and how these methods help solve puzzles in virology. We talk about exploring viruses in nature to getting ready for potential pandemics.
    Dr. McCormick recommends "This Week in Virology" podcast for all you future virus hunters. Tune in for a wild ride into the tiny virus universe on "What Do Scientists Do?"! 🦠🔬✨
    This podcast is available to listen to with captions on SuperNOVA's YouTube.
    “What Do Scientists Do?” is a podcast for curious kids and inquisitive adults where we learn about the ins-and-outs of a different science every month from a special guest.
    SuperNOVA at Dalhousie is a non-profit organization based out of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, dedicated to low-barrier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. Check us out on our website, Instagram, or X (previously Twitter) for more information and science fun.

    • 19 min
    Biostatistics! in 10 Minutes

    Biostatistics! in 10 Minutes

    🎙️ Tune in to our latest minisode about the world of Biostatistics! 🌿📊
    Mira and Mab break down the science behind the world of biostatistics and how we use this mashup of biology and math to make cereal, help plants grow, and figure out how viruses like COVID spread. These data detectives use math to learn about health, create predictive text, and inform artificial intelligence! 🧠
    This episode is available to listen to and watch with captions on YouTube.
    Questions? Looking for more science fun? Check out @SuperNOVAatDal on Instagram or X. If you have a question you'd like answered, send us an email or voice recording at whatdoscientistsdo@superstaff.ca and we'll do our best to answer it.
    To learn more about STEM programs for youth at Dalhousie University, visit SuperNOVA's website at supernova.dal.ca or email supernova@superstaff.ca.

    • 16 min
    What Do Biostatisticians Do? with Colin Vibert

    What Do Biostatisticians Do? with Colin Vibert

    Biostatistician is a long job title, what do they even do? 🧑‍⚕️ How can we use statistics in healthcare? 📊 Can math be creative? How can Chat GPT and AI help? 💻 And how much computer programming does a biostatistician have to do?
    Biostatistician Colin Vibert (he/him) answers these questions and more as we learn about how math and biology blend together to make biostatistics!
    This podcast is available to listen to with captions on SuperNOVA's YouTube.
    Questions? Looking for more science fun? Check out @SuperNOVAatDal on Instagram or X. If you have a question you'd like answered by an expert, send us an email or voice recording at whatdoscientistsdo@superstaff.ca. To learn more about our STEM programs, visit supernova.dal.ca or email supernova@superstaff.ca.

    • 22 min
    Ocean Acidification! in 10 Minutes

    Ocean Acidification! in 10 Minutes

    What do you mean the ocean is getting more acidic?!? 🤯 In this minisode, Mira and Mab explain the process of ocean acidification in under 10 minutes, explaining what acids are 🧪, how the pH scale works ⚖️, and the complicated chemistry behind ocean acidification ⚗️ To learn more about ocean acidification and how scientists are trying to make it better, check out our full length episode with Mike Kelland. 🪸
    This episode is available to listen to with captions on YouTube.
    Questions? Looking for more science fun? Check out @SuperNOVAatDal on Instagram or X. If you have a question you'd like answered, send us an email or voice recording at whatdoscientistsdo@superstaff.ca and we'll do our best to answer it.
    To learn more about STEM programs for youth at Dalhousie University, visit SuperNOVA's website at supernova.dal.ca or email supernova@superstaff.ca.

    • 13 min

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