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Bringing you the latest in science and tech from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

    Unravelling enzymes with Prof. Paola Laurino

    Unravelling enzymes with Prof. Paola Laurino

    Prof. Paola Laurino leads the Protein Engineering and Evolution Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). Fascinated by proteins, she has spent much of her career looking at the structure, function, and evolution of enzymes, a group of proteins that facilitates vital chemical reactions for living organisms. At the end of 2021, Prof. Laurino’s group published three scientific articles on different aspects of enzyme research. In this episode of the OIST podcast, science communicator Lucy Dickie caught up with Prof. Laurino to hear about this work.

    • 31 min
    Connectonomics #6 - Dr. Mog Stapleton on the enactive approach, empirical science, and the role of ritual in eduction and transformation

    Connectonomics #6 - Dr. Mog Stapleton on the enactive approach, empirical science, and the role of ritual in eduction and transformation

    In episode #6 of the Connectomics podcast, Mark speaks with philosopher of embodied cognitive science, Dr. Mog Stapleton. 
    Mog is presently a visiting researcher at OIST, and is working on understanding the relationship between cognition and the gut-brain axis. 
    In this episode, they talked about the role of aesthetics in the production of knowledge, the relationship between enaction and the empirical mind sciences, affectivity in cognition, enacting eduction and the value of ritual for transformation. 
    This episode was edited and produced by Shane Byrne and in association with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.
    Cover art is provided by Cian Brennan. 

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Connectonomics #5 - Roope Kaaronen on embodiment, sustainability and strategic design interventions

    Connectonomics #5 - Roope Kaaronen on embodiment, sustainability and strategic design interventions

    In episode #5 of the Connectomics podcast, Mark speaks with sustainability researcher Roope Kaaronen. 
    Roope is a postdoc at the University of Helsinki, Finland. 
    In this episode, they talked about Roope's fortuitous introduction to ecological psychology and its value to his present work, his present work on strategic design interventions for large scale behaviour change/cultural evolution, the challenges and opportunities at the intersection between individual and collective change, nudging, and more.  
    This episode was edited and produced by Shane Byrne and in association with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Connectonomics #4 - Marek McGann

    Connectonomics #4 - Marek McGann

    In episode #4 of the Connectomics podcast, Mark speaks with theoretical cognitive scientist Marek McGann. 
    Marek is a lecturer in the psychology department in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.
    In this episode they talked about Marek existing at the intersection of enaction and ecological psychology, the concept of behaviour settings and his understanding of agency as a multiscale affair, emergentism as a framing for embodied cognitive science, and the craft of research and education. 
    This episode was edited and produced by Shane Byrne and in association with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Connectonomics #3 - Laura Mojica

    Connectonomics #3 - Laura Mojica

    In episode #3 of the Connectomics podcast, Mark speaks with philosopher Laura Mojica. 
    At the time of recording Laura was also working in the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit at OIST. Laura works on the notion of normativity from an enactive standpoint, though she brings her experience working in analytic philosophy to bear on the topic. Laura is also very concerned with how enaction intersects with more cultural concerns and is interested in thinking about how enactive cognitive science can illuminate discussions about race, gender, intersectionality and so on. 
    This episode was edited and produced by Shane Byrne and in association with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Connectonomics #2 - Dr. Fred Cummins on embodiment as a frame for the sciences

    Connectonomics #2 - Dr. Fred Cummins on embodiment as a frame for the sciences

    In episode #2 of the Connectomics podcast, Mark speaks with Dr. Fred Cummin, head of the Cognitive Science program at University College Dublin. 
     
    Fred is a linguist and the originator of the field of study that is joint speech: where two or more people say the same thing at the same time, such as within religious rituals, at sporting events, or at political protests. Fred is also an incredibly well studied individual in a range of disciplines and has a profoundly philosophical, idiosyncratic and insightful take on embodiment as a frame within the sciences.  
     
    This episode was edited and produced by Shane Byrne and in association with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

    • 1 hr 43 min

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