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A production of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, the Sci on the Fly podcast helps explain and illuminate the best stories shaping the world of science policy.

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A production of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, the Sci on the Fly podcast helps explain and illuminate the best stories shaping the world of science policy.

    Marine conservation, science dance, and the importance of role models in STEM – with guest Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins

    Marine conservation, science dance, and the importance of role models in STEM – with guest Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins

    On this episode, marine conservation scientist Dr. Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins chats to Dr. Chris Parsons about reducing turtle by-catch in fishing gear and the challenges facing technological innovators that don’t come from a position of privilege. They also talk about Dr. Jenkins’ career, including how she “danced her PhD” and how she was as a role model (and statue model) for the “If she can see it, then she can be it” exhibit - which highlights female role models in STEM. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.

    • 22 min
    Black Holes In Fact and Fiction – With Guest Dr. Joe Pesce

    Black Holes In Fact and Fiction – With Guest Dr. Joe Pesce

    On this episode Dr. Joe Pesce, Program Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, chats with Dr. Chris Parsons about black holes. Dr. Pesce is an astrophysicist with 30 years of experience and an expert on super massive black holes. He talks about the formation of black holes, the nature of the “event horizon” and super massive black holes in the center of galaxies. He also talks about how black holes and space science are depicted in popular culture, and what recent sci-fi movies get right and wrong about astrophysics.

    • 32 min
    From the Distant Ocean Past to the Next Generation of Ocean Scientists

    From the Distant Ocean Past to the Next Generation of Ocean Scientists

    Our guest on this episode is Dr. Terry Quinn, the Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Quinn talks about his research on corals and reconstructing the historic climate record; the role of NSF in promoting ocean science and scientists; the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development; and also the importance of diversity, inclusion, equity and community engagement in the ocean sciences. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.

    • 30 min
    Science Communication and One Health

    Science Communication and One Health

    The guest for this episode of Sci on the Fly is Dr. Deborah Thomson. Dr. Thomson is a veterinarian and “One Health” advocate who has served as a Science Policy Advisor in the United States Senate. In addition to practicing clinical veterinary medicine, she founded and led a global organization that inspires children and adults to value the interconnection between human health and the health of the environment, plants, and animals (called One Health Lessons). In this episode she talks the One Health Lessons training program and her new book “The Art of Science Communication”.

    • 22 min
    Whale Conservation and the International Whaling Commission

    Whale Conservation and the International Whaling Commission

    Secretary of the International Whaling Commission, Dr. Rebecca Lent spoke with Sci on the Fly about the history and evolution of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) – one of the oldest international marine conservation treaty organizations and one of the first to be advised by science. The organization has gone from a body of whaling nations trying to maximize their catches to one that is tackling climate change, pollution, fisheries by-catch, underwater noise, ship strikes, unsustainable whale-watching and other international threats to whales and dolphins. As noted, it was one of the first international treaty organizations to be based on science, and today the Scientific Committee meetings of the IWC are where cutting edge whale and dolphins science is used to inform international whale management and conservation policy.
    This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.

    • 35 min
    Beyond Carbon Neutral: Samuel Goodman, Part 2

    Beyond Carbon Neutral: Samuel Goodman, Part 2

    Dr. Samuel M. Goodman is the author of Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now, a book about how to reverse climate change. He is a chemical engineer by training who earned a doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder after undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Following graduate school, Dr. Goodman completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences and was an AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the US Department of Defense. He is currently an international trade analyst with the US International Trade Commission. 

    Dr. Goodman has always been interested in addressing climate change. And with his recent book Beyond Carbon Neutral, he hopes that he will help to move the climate change conversation forward with a blueprint for action through workable, and necessary, solutions. In the second part of this two-part episode, he talks about the history of the toxic element lead as a public health issue, and the similarities with the problem of climate change. He also discusses how fossil fuel jobs could transition as we become carbon neutral, as well as what individuals can do to help combat climate change.

    • 27 min

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Enjoyable, informative, and inspiring!

The work these fellows do varies so much from person to person! I love tuning in every month to hear a completely different story about how scientists are making US policy better, and to hear their stories about going from academe to government.