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Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist? Do you want to know more about the people behind all the science news that’s out there? Well now you can! In this podcast, I’ll sit down with a different scientist each episode and ask them all of your questions and questions written by students at elementary and middle schools throughout the country!

Ask a Scientis‪t‬ Victoria Crystal

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist? Do you want to know more about the people behind all the science news that’s out there? Well now you can! In this podcast, I’ll sit down with a different scientist each episode and ask them all of your questions and questions written by students at elementary and middle schools throughout the country!

    Dr. Bill Sullivan -- Parasites

    Dr. Bill Sullivan -- Parasites

    What is a parasite? What do parasites do to you? In this episode Dr. Bill Sullivan, professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and author of "Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are," talks to us all about parasites, and answers questions about how you get parasites, how to prevent getting parasites, and how to treat parasites! He also talks about the parasite toxoplasma that has been associated with cats. Find out more about it in this episode!! 

    Dr. Sullivan's website https://authorbillsullivan.com/ 

    Dr. Sullivan's Twitter https://twitter.com/wjsullivan 


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    • 53 min
    Dr. Lisa Hiura -- Animal Bonding

    Dr. Lisa Hiura -- Animal Bonding

    Have you ever wanted to know more about how animals form bonds? In this episode, Dr. Lisa Hiura, postdoc at the University of Colorado Boulder Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department, answers all of your questions about animal bonding! She looks at the brains of a special wild rodent that also forms strong bonds like humans do to try and figure out what makes them (and us!) want to have close relationships. So get ready to learn all about neurobiology (the biology of the brain) and how animals develop relationships! 

    Follow Dr. Hiura on Twitter @l_hiura






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    • 44 min
    Dr. Ethan Tsai -- Beer Science

    Dr. Ethan Tsai -- Beer Science

    Have you ever wanted to know more about beer? Or even what beer is? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ethan Tsai, manager of brewing operations at Cigar City Brewing, talks to us all about the science of beer and the science of things we eat and drink! He talks to us about all things beer, from how beer is made to how beer gets its flavors. But he also talks to us about other fermented foods like sour kraut and yogurt. He even talks to us about how some of the the chemical compounds that are responsible for beer going stale are also responsible for the taste of cucumbers and the smell of old people!! So go grab a cold one (beer or other beverage) and get ready to learn all about the science of things we drink and eat! 






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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Dr. Mike Klymkowsky -- Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Dr. Mike Klymkowsky -- Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Have you ever wanted to know what a neurotransmitter is? What about how cells inside your body "talk" to each other? In this episode, Dr. Mike Klymkowsky, professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, talks to us about all things molecular and cellular biology! He tells us all about neurotransmitters, cell communication, experimenting on frogs, and more! He also talks to us about how people learn biology and how to teach biology! 

    Images of molecular machines: 

    https://evolutionnews.org/2017/05/molecular-machines-reach-perfection/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_machine

    Dr. Klymkowsky's lab:

    http://klymkowskylab.colorado.edu/


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Camille Collett -- Climate Change

    Camille Collett -- Climate Change

    What is climate change? How is it affecting us? How is it affecting other living things on the planet? Camille Collett, geologist and climate change expert, talks to us all about climate change and answers these questions and many, many more! 

    This is an extra special episode in that we are joined by students from Mr. R's 4th grade class to ask their questions!

    As an extra bonus, we are giving away a special climate change T-shirt to the first listener who can email the correct answer to Camille's question "what are the two main things that we can do about climate change to stop it and slow it down?" askascientistpod@gmail.com 

    Get in touch with Camille:

    http://camille-collett.squarespace.com/ 

    camille.m.collett@gmail.com

    https://www.instagram.com/cam_collett

    Climate change shirt: https://www.facebook.com/askascientistpod/photos/a.131111268420098/250924959772061/


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    • 53 min
    Dr. Heather Brown -- The Brain and Spinal Cord

    Dr. Heather Brown -- The Brain and Spinal Cord

    Have you ever wondered how your brain and spinal cord form? What happens before you are born that makes your brain and spinal cord develop? In this episode, Dr. Heather Brown, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, talks to us all about the development of the brain and spinal cord. She discovered that one gene in particular is very important for making sure the spinal cord and brain form correctly. This gene acts like  “school bus” inside of a cell and it moves around the cell to pick up and drop off proteins at different places inside the cell, similar to how a school bus picks up and drops off students at home and at school.  Without this gene, our brain and spinal cord wouldn't grow! In this episode, we will learn all about this school bus gene, how it works, and how it helps the brain and spinal cord to form correctly. So grab your backpacks, hop on your school bus, and get ready to learn all about how your brain formed! 


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    • 34 min

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11 Ratings

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Informative and Fun!

Even though this podcast is geared a little more towards kids, I an adult, learned so many things from just the first episode. The format is unique with kids asking questions - and they while ask important questions about pizza there are also other smarter more on topic questions. Would definitively recommend for adults and kids! Can’t wait for the next episodes!

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