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“Science is fun!” is a podcast about the trials and tribulations of famous scientists and rising stars. We dig deep into the backstories behind the science, explain how the big discoveries were made, and discuss how you too can participate in the next big step forward.

Science is Fun‪!‬ Peter Turnbaugh

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

“Science is fun!” is a podcast about the trials and tribulations of famous scientists and rising stars. We dig deep into the backstories behind the science, explain how the big discoveries were made, and discuss how you too can participate in the next big step forward.

    Should scientists be politicians?

    Should scientists be politicians?

    Keith Yamamoto, the Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy at UCSF, explains why he has been committed throughout his career to reform the funding, publication, and practice of science. He also discusses his vision for the future of precision medicine and how team-based projects could accelerate scientific progress.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Do we already know the cure for cancer?

    Do we already know the cure for cancer?

    Dr. Alan Venook is a renowned expert on gastrointestinal malignancies at UCSF. He discusses the innovative ways doctors are treating cancer, the challenges of designing clinical trials, and the future of cancer therapy.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Should biologists spend less time doing experiments?

    Should biologists spend less time doing experiments?

    KC Huang, a physicist at Stanford with one of the most eclectic research histories I've seen, patiently explains photons, the biophysics of cell shape, and why biologists should embrace theory.

    • 2 hr 1 min
    What is curiosity-driven science?

    What is curiosity-driven science?

    Dr. Hiten Madhani is an expert in yeast biology, including the neglected human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. Hiten's lab has made major contributions to our understanding of gene splicing, gene silencing, and quorum sensing. These eclectic areas arise organically from his group's ability to follow the data and their own curiosity, coupled to his strategy of encouraging trainees to follow their passion.

    • 2 hr
    What is a nuclear lamina and why should you care?

    What is a nuclear lamina and why should you care?

    Dr. Abby Buchwalter, my former classmate from Washington University in Saint Louis, tells us why everyone should care about the nuclear lamina. She also talks about the winding path of discovery and her efforts to found the SciChats outreach program at the Salk Institute.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Can ticks teach us how to make better hand sanitizer?

    Can ticks teach us how to make better hand sanitizer?

    Dr. Seemay Chou uses ticks as a model system for host-microbial interactions. She talks about her remarkable discovery of bacteria genes that have transferred into ticks and how they serve to protect ticks from microbes found on human skin.

    • 2 hr

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

kanika-khanna ,

Great science podcast

Really nice podcast not only about the science but the scientists and the academia behind it.

PTurnbaugh ,

This podcast is the best!

You should really listen to this or write a review. Great for professional scientists, biotech entrepreneurs, or just people interested in seeing behind the scenes of the scientific method. PS, this is the host.

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