26 episodes

When we think about science, we often hear about amazing discoveries, but rarely hear about the struggles, personal accomplishments, and personalities of the scientists behind the data. On Deeper than Data with Ben Rush, we explore the personal journeys, failures, and successes of scientists through storytelling and humor. You’ll walk away with touching stories, life lessons, and feeling inspired through conversational interviews and improvised games.

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When we think about science, we often hear about amazing discoveries, but rarely hear about the struggles, personal accomplishments, and personalities of the scientists behind the data. On Deeper than Data with Ben Rush, we explore the personal journeys, failures, and successes of scientists through storytelling and humor. You’ll walk away with touching stories, life lessons, and feeling inspired through conversational interviews and improvised games.

    Science outreach, coding, and systems engineering with Victor Zavala and Olivia Dachel

    Science outreach, coding, and systems engineering with Victor Zavala and Olivia Dachel

    Ben chats with engineering professor, Victor Zavala, and high school teacher, Olivia Dachel, about using videogames to teach kids, how science outreach can be useful 1 on 1 or with massive audiences through videogames, who inspired Victor to code, how to think like a systems engineer, how the kids like learning about agricultural runoff, and how donkeys may power the world one day.
    To play the Lakeland video game-
    https://fielddaylab.wisc.edu/play/lakeland/ (https://fielddaylab.wisc.edu/play/lakeland/)
    Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts-
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deeper-than-data-with-ben-rush/id1556358203 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deeper-than-data-with-ben-rush/id1556358203)
    Patreon-
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    Twitter-
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    Website-
    http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media)
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Astrobiology, Tiktok scicomm, and speaking to aliens with Lena Vincent

    Astrobiology, Tiktok scicomm, and speaking to aliens with Lena Vincent

    Ben chats with Lena Vincent, MS, about her story going from marine biology to astrobiology, how they are both connected, her passion for communicating her work to others often via TikTok, TikTok science communication strategies, her double-edged curiosity, and her first conversation with an alien.
    Lena's TikTok page-
    https://www.tiktok.com/@charmquarkz? (https://www.tiktok.com/@charmquarkz?)
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    http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media)
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    http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData)

    • 1 hr
    Communicating meteorology, lasers from planes, and improvised weather reports with Ankur Desai

    Communicating meteorology, lasers from planes, and improvised weather reports with Ankur Desai

    Ben chats with Ankur Desai about being a nerd in grade school coding early computers, connecting with nature in the Boy Scouts, taking geology classes to go on field trips, shooting lasers out of planes, meteorologists loving Oklahoma, the importance of science communication, and improvised weather reports (did someone say it's snowing pillows?).
    Patreon-
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    http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media)
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    http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData)

    • 59 min
    Soils, team science, and battling imposter syndrome with Jo Handelsman

    Soils, team science, and battling imposter syndrome with Jo Handelsman

    Ben chats with Jo Handelsman, scientist extraordinaire, about her journey from viewing pond water underneath the microscope to full professorship, trying to save our soils, working for the Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration, and now directing the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. They dive into how science still needs to be improved to welcome and embrace more women and people in color, battling imposter syndrome, and what "luck" might actually be.
    Jo's "A World Without Soil"-
    https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300256406/world-without-soil (https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300256406/world-without-soil)
    Patreon-
    https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata)
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    https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata)
    Website-
    http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media)
    Facebook-
    http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Curiosity and equity in science, AND SPORES!! with fungal pathologist Christina Hull

    Curiosity and equity in science, AND SPORES!! with fungal pathologist Christina Hull

    Ben chats with fungal pathologist and professor Christina Hull about her insatiable curiosity for fungi, her passion for equity within science, her experience 3-D printing glow-in-the-dark fungal spores, and how a spore coat can almost deceive bouncers at the hottest clubs.
    Wisconsin Science Festival
    https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/ (https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/)
    Patreon-
    https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata)
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    Website-
    http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media)
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    BONUS: The Wisconsin Science Festival through the ages on the Badger Talks Podcast

    BONUS: The Wisconsin Science Festival through the ages on the Badger Talks Podcast

    The co-founders of the Wisconsin Science Festival, Laura Heisler and George Tzougros, chat with Ben about how the Fest came to be, some highlights of the over 200 events happening across the state from October 21st to the 24th, and where they would love to see the Fest go in the future.
    Links to the upcoming virtual Badger Talk Live by Laura and George, and upcoming and past Badger Talk Live recordings, can be found here: https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/badger-talks-live/ (https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/badger-talks-live/)
    The link to the Wisconsin Science Festival is here:
    https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/ (https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/)

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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kelsey2250 ,

Fun listen!

I really enjoy “Deeper than Data” as a way to get to know academics in a playful manner! The podcast leads to many laughs, providing an entertaining way for the listener to get to know the person being interviewed and connect to their experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

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