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Welcome to the American Geophysical Union's podcast about doing science & talking about it. These are interviews & first-person stories from scientists, for everyone.

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Welcome to the American Geophysical Union's podcast about doing science & talking about it. These are interviews & first-person stories from scientists, for everyone.

    Priya Nanjappa: From Wrangling Snakes to Regulating Oil & Gas

    Priya Nanjappa: From Wrangling Snakes to Regulating Oil & Gas

    Priya Nanjappa didn’t really have a career plan- she just followed her interests and was open to trying new things. That’s what led her to her current position as a commissioner for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she helps implement laws that govern oil and gas development. We talked to Priya about her early love for the outdoors and birdwatching, which gave her an idea about where her interests lay when figuring out what to major in in college. We also spoke about the different classes she took, and how she narrowed down her interests, and about keeping your options open in your career, because you never know what opportunities are available to you.This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and Nisha Mital, and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Karen Romano Young (https://www.karenromanoyoung.com/). 

    • 23 min
    Paula Buchanan: Communicating Disaster

    Paula Buchanan: Communicating Disaster

    Paula Buchanan is a disaster scientist and an emergency management researcher. Her job is to help effectively communicate the science of emergencies and natural disasters so they can empower themselves to do something- for Paula, there is no point to science if it isn’t benefitting others. In this episode, we talked to Paula about pivoting from science to social science, or as her dad says, being a “degree collector.” She also shares advice about persevering and setting boundaries as a woman of color in STEM, and how important it is to “meet people where they are” when communicating science.

    • 19 min
    Dante Lauretta: The Wait for a Billion Dollar Space Sample

    Dante Lauretta: The Wait for a Billion Dollar Space Sample

    Dante Lauretta, Regents’ Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona and the principal investigator for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample mission, has been working on bringing back samples from Asteroid Bennu since 2004- and he still has two more years before he might be able to touch them. We talked to Dante about the amount of patience required when working in science- from submitting (and getting rejected) numerous proposals to seeing births and deaths and marriages and divorces, a lot happens when working on a project for years. We also talked about how his passion for science stems from his love for exploring, and how in two years, when he finally has his asteroid samples, it will be worth a billion dollars.* *give or takeThis episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and Nisha Mital, and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Karen Romano Young (https://www.karenromanoyoung.com/). 

    • 23 min
    Wendy Bohon: From Actor to Earthquake Expert

    Wendy Bohon: From Actor to Earthquake Expert

    Wendy Bohon majored in theatre in college and moved out to LA to become an actor after graduation. So how did she end up becoming an earthquake geologist and the Senior Science Communication Specialist for the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology. We talked to Wendy about her unconventional career path on our latest Sci & Tell episode. She told us about how the Hector Mine earthquake changed her entire career path, overcoming imposter syndrome (hint: it involves a therapy folder), and she even dispels some misconceptions people have about earthquakes. Oh, there’s also a statue of her- and she didn’t even have to die for it.This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon (https://twitter.com/EcologyOfShane) and Nisha Mital, and mixed by Collin Warren (https://www.collinwarren.com/). Artwork by Karen Romano Young (https://www.karenromanoyoung.com/). 

    • 19 min
    Saleh Ahmed: Climate Change Equity from Idaho to Bangladesh

    Saleh Ahmed: Climate Change Equity from Idaho to Bangladesh

    After a summer of erratic weather and the recent IIRC report, the effects of climate change seem urgent now more than ever. Which is why we were so excited to talk to Saleh Ahmed on Sci & Tell.

    Saleh is a professor of Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Public Policy at Boise State University. His research focuses on how climate change is affecting marginalized communities around the world, whether that be communities on coastal Bangladesh or India, Rohingya refugees, or people in the Intermountain West. In this episode, we talked about his research, the importance of communicating science to those affected by it, and how climate change isn’t an abstract concept for the future- it’s here, and it’s affecting people’s lives right now.
    This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon and Nisha Mital, and mixed by Collin Warren. Artwork by Karen Romano Young.

    • 23 min
    John Mather: Big Bang Mapper, Nobel Prize Winner, and James Webb Scientist

    John Mather: Big Bang Mapper, Nobel Prize Winner, and James Webb Scientist

    The James Webb Space Telescope, which is the planned successor of the Hubble Space Telescope, is set to launch this October. I don’t know about you, but we here at AGU are very excited!
    We were lucky enough to talk to John Mather, the senior scientist for the James Webb, on our latest Sci & Tell episode. We learned about his journey to becoming a scientist, and he even talked to us a bit about James Webb’s capability. But if you think the telescope is the most exciting part of his career, guess again- he previously won a Nobel Prize for mapping the Big Bang. Listen to the episode to learn more about John Mather, the amazing projects he has worked on, and his experiences with sudden fame!
    This episode was produced by Shane M Hanlon and Nisha Mital, and mixed by Collin Warren. Artwork by Karen Romano Young.

    • 19 min

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