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Pint-Sized Science: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab
Science and Society: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab, Episode 3
Interviewee: Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California Davis
Interviewer: Valentina Lagomarsino, PhD Candidate in the Biological Sciences, Harvard University
In this episode of the Pint-Sized Science Podcast, we sat down with Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, a professor at UC Davis whose research is focused on improving our basic understanding of how the brain functions and how it changes in the setting of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. In addition to talking about her scientific work, we also spoke with her about her work outside of the lab, including how she established the first brain bank in Latin America and started a non-profit to help teach young children about the benefits of learning about the brain.
To learn more about Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño and her work, check out her website at www.ventricular.org.
After listening to this episode, please check out sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/ for upcoming episodes and series updates.
Pint-Sized Science: How do cells decide what to be when they grow up?
How do Cells Decide What To Be When They Grow Up?, Episode 4
Interviewee: Hernan Garcia, Assistant Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Interviewer: Jonathan Jackson, PhD student in Biophysics, Harvard University
How does a single cell give rise to a complicated organism? What controls how a DNA blueprint can give rise to so many different cell behaviors in so regulated a manner? How can statistical mechanics (we promise it's not too scary!) help scientists to address long-standing questions of developmental biology?
Join us as we talk with Dr. Hernan Garcia, a professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, about how he and his lab investigate these questions by predicting developmental decisions in fruit flies.
Pint-Sized Science: The mysterious mitochondria
The Mysterious Mitochondria: More Than Just A Power Source?
Interviewee: Dr. Katja Hansen, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Stirling Churchman, Harvard Medical School)
Interviewer: Chris Rota (PhD Candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School)
You might remember the mitochondria from biology class as the engine that produces the energy that cells (the smallest known units of life) need to function. Is that all mitochondria do though? What happens when mitochondria don’t function correctly? How do these tiny powerhouses actually know what to do (and when to do it) in the first place? And, lastly, how do we study the minutiae of these processes when we can’t even see mitochondria with the naked eye? Join us to find out the answers to these questions, and others, in today’s episode of Pint-Sized Science!
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Pint-Sized Science: How do songbirds learn their songs?
Pint-Sized Science, Episode 1
How do songbirds learn their songs?
Interviewee: Dr. Marc Schmidt, Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Interviewer: Hope Merens, PhD Student in the Biological Sciences, Harvard University
Have you ever wondered how a songbird knows the song that it sings? How successful are different songs at attracting female songbirds, and how do females decide what songs they like? What are the neurological underpinnings of these amazing behaviors, and how are scientists studying them?
Join our Pint-Sized Science episode today as we attempt to answer these questions with Dr. Marc Schmidt, a professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania, who specializes in the study of songbird behavior and neurobiology. After listening to this episode, please check out sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/ for upcoming episodes and series updates.
Sit'N Listen! Episode 12: Urban Planning for a Changing Climate
Amidst talk about the Paris climate accord and other multinational efforts to combat climate change, it's easy to lose sight of the extensive efforts occurring at the city and state levels to plan for and preempt the effects of environmental changes. To celebrate Earth Day 2018, we're taking a look at some of the strategies local communities are adopting to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure.
Special thanks to our guests on this episode, John Bolduc, Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT.
The SIT'N Listen Team
Executive Producer: Amy Gilson
Assistant producer: Yang Tian
Correspondents: Sisi Hu, Illika Sahu, Tia Scarpelli, and Sam Wattrus
Editors: Amy Gilson, Teshika Jayewickreme, Stanely Gill, Yang Tian
Graphics by Rebecca Clements.
Sit'N Listen! Episode 11: The cross-talk between marine life and climate change
The oceans cover 70% of our planet, but did you know that less than 5% of the ocean floor has been explored? In the face of rapid climate change, ocean scientists are racing to understand what makes a healthy ocean and how rapid changes in ocean temperature, currents and chemistry will affect biodiversity, fishing, tourism, land erosion and myriad of other aspects that will affect us on land.
Thanks to our wonderful collaborators at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for sponsoring our live audience recording. Many thanks to our wonderful podcast guest scientists Christina Hernandez, Gabriela Farfan, and Hanny Rivera for sharing their insights.
The SIT'N Listen Team
Edited by Executive Producer Vinidhra Mani with valuable feedback from Executive Producers Elizabeth Jaensch and Amy Gilson
Image Credit: Gabriela Farfan, Hanny Rivera