Each week we bring you a series of personal and values-based interviews with scientists from all fields. Our hope with this podcast is to give listeners the chance to meet the scientists behind the science.
Episode 21: 2 Dope Docs
For our Season 1 finale, Shannon and Leena interview each other!
Don’t worry, though! We’ll be back soon with new episodes, and we’ll be re-releasing some of our favorites from Season 1 in the meantime.
Episode 20: Come Sail Away
Today on the show we interview Dr. Daniel McGehee who was Shannon’s PhD advisor. Dan got his undergraduate degree in Biology at Guilford College and his PhD in Physiology at UNC Chapel Hill. After receiving his PhD he did his postdoc at Columbia University and is now a full professor at the University of Chicago where he runs a lab studying nicotine addiction. We talked about his old life as a sailboat captain in the Caribbean (yes, really), why he left paradise to pursue science, and how science has changed over the years. We hope you like it!
Episode 19: Dancing With the Stars
Today on the show, we are talking with astronomer and biodiversity writer Dr. Daniel Hudon. Daniel got his Master’s in Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, followed by his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Toronto. He currently lectures in Astronomy and Mathematics at Boston University and Northeastern University, while also making time to write books like The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos and most recently Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals. We talked about how an astronomer turned his focus to life on earth and the biodiversity crisis, what astronomers actually do, and which extinct animal he mourns the most. We hope you like it!
Episode 18: Double Blind
Today on the show, we are joined by biostatistician Dr. Abidemi K. Adeniji. Abi got his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He then got his Master’s and PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently the Associate Director of Biostatistics at EMD Serono. He tells us about his childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, what it’s like to work at a biopharmaceutical company, and most importantly, he tells us what Biostatistics actually is. So if you’ve ever wondered about people who like math and statistics so much that they make it their job, this is the show for you! We hope you like it!
Episode 17: The Plastic Brain
Today on the show we interview Professor Anthony Holtmaat who is currently Leena’s Principal Investigator or her supervisor. Anthony received his Masters in Science in Medical Biology and his PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is currently a full professor and has his own laboratory at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. We talked about everything from growing up in the Netherlands to using a process known as synaptic plasticity to reorganize working brain circuits, to compensate for damaged brain circuits. This type of work could for example improve recovery after a stroke.
Episode 16: Horsin' Around
Today on the show, we are joined from Germany by Dr. William Taylor, a real life archaeologist! William got his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Carleton College. He then got his Master’s and PhD in Anthropology-Archaeology from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Archaeology department at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. We talked about what it’s like in Mongolia, why we should care about ancient horses, and the damage done to science by Indiana Jones. We hope you like it!
Really Fantastic podcast. I really enjoyed listening to episode 18. The hosts did a great job asking questions. Dr. Adeniji's backgroung and upbringing is quiet interesting. Science is alot of fun and it is great to hear from different speakers with different scientific backgrounds. I certainly look forward to future episodes.
I am fascinated by science, but often find myself tuning out when the jargon becomes too complicated. Leena and Shannon have created a great podcast that makes science more digestible for the layman’s palate. I also love how the podcast delves into the personal lives of the scientists. Thank you ladies for providing us with this new and insightful perspective on scientists and their groundbreaking work!
Scientists are weird but fun to listen to!
As a researcher who tends to get somewhat bogged down in my own niche, this podcast is a refreshing and fun way to broaden my awareness of the work being done in other fields. The hosts are relatable, the topics have (so far) been very cool, and the treatment is pitched at good level (i.e. neither patronising nor overly esoteric). There is a sponteneity which means that the digressions are sometimes more interesting than the original topics, and the back stories / idiosyncracies of the interviewees are a nice addition to the science talk. Long may it continue.