It’s almost impossible to overstate how many aspects of daily life are impacted by science. From technologies that help ensure the quality of the water we drink, to medicines that deliver lifesaving treatments – it’s all thanks to science. Each month, join Ron O’Brien, a science enthusiast from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, as he talks to experts who are on the cutting-edge of redefining how we exist. This is Science with a Twist.
Powering Everyday Life: The significance and impacts of the semiconductor industry
Semiconductors are silicon chips that conduct electricity in concrete and sophisticated ways, allowing them to be the brains of most devices that drive our modern lives. But despite the projections saying the semiconductor industry will hit the trillion-dollar mark by 2030, it's still facing many challenges.
For instance, supply shortages have led to bottlenecks in the production of everything from cars to home appliances. The deficit shows how critical these tiny silicon chips are to the smooth functioning of the global economy.
In this episode of Science with a Twist, our host Keith Cornell is joined by two subject matter experts from the semiconductor industry, Geoff Downing and Mark Mattison, to discuss the importance of semiconductors, the challenges the industry has been facing, and what the future holds for this technology.
Shaping the Future through STEM Education: The importance of access and equity
In this episode of Science with a Twist, host Meron Mathias engages in a riveting discussion with Maya Ajmera from the Society for Science and Eleanor Sigrest, a previous winner of Society’s middle school STEM competition. The conversation revolves around the critical need for diversity in STEM fields and the role of competitions like the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge in increasing equitable access to high-quality STEM learning experiences.
The dialogue delves into the importance of early exposure to STEM learning experiences, particularly during the formative middle school years. Maya and Eleanor emphasize the value of hands-on learning and project-based organizations in cultivating STEM passions. They also highlight the role of afterschool programs and extracurricular activities in nurturing these interests.
The episode concludes with a discussion on the importance of mentorship and the value of expressing gratitude to those who guide us. The conversation is a testament to the transformative power of STEM education and the imperative to nurture a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the world around us.
Pharmacogenomics: A New Era of Patient-Centric Care
In this Science with a Twist episode, host Jami Elliott engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Jeff Shaman, Chief Scientific Officer at Coriell Life Sciences. They delve into the fascinating world of precision medicine and pharmacogenomics, exploring how these fields are revolutionizing healthcare by tailoring treatments to individual patient characteristics.
Jeff illustrates the concept of pharmacogenomics, explaining how it combines pharmacology and genomics to understand how a person's genetic makeup affects their response to medications. This knowledge allows healthcare providers to prescribe the proper medication and dosage, reducing trial and error, improving treatment effectiveness, and minimizing potentially negative side effects. Jeff provides real-world examples, discussing the impact of pharmacogenomics on medications like Clopidogrel and statins.
The conversation concludes with a look toward the future, discussing the potential of wearable and implantable devices in healthcare. Jeff emphasizes the importance of giving healthcare professionals more tools to react in real-time and make informed decisions about patient care. He encourages listeners to explore pharmacogenomics and consider its benefits in their healthcare journey.
Forever Chemicals: The effects of PFAS and how to protect against it
Water is the source of life. Still, we live in a world where some people have limited access to drinking water, and let’s not forget the horror stories about oil or chemical spills that raise additional concerns regarding the state of our water systems.
This episode of Science with a Twist is dedicated to the importance of testing water for PFAS. Our guest is Dr. Lee Ferguson, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University.
Dr. Ferguson and host John Lesica discuss the impact of PFAS on our water supplies, what it means for us as consumers, and how testing can benefit communities now and in the future.
Green Chemistry: Designing for a Sustainable Future
We are keenly aware of the pressing need to care for our environment and the incredible potential of innovation to drive positive change. Green chemistry plays a pivotal role in sustainability by promoting environmentally benign and socially responsible chemical processes and products. It's all about reducing pollution and conserving precious resources in ways that benefit both the planet and our communities.
In this episode of the Science with a Twist podcast, our host Vinod Mirchandani welcomes John Warner, the co-founder, president, and CTO of the Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of the non-profit, Beyond Benign. They talk about the role of green chemistry in sustainability, the importance of education, and why we need the right tools to build a world where the chemical building blocks of products used every day are healthier and safer for humans and the environment.
Delivering on the promise of cell therapies: Programmed immune cells attack cancer and other diseases
Cell therapy is a promising field that uses living cells to treat disease. And it's a powerful way to improve the immune system's ability to fight cancer. But cell therapies have other potential medical applications, such as treating autoimmune diseases, cardiac or pulmonary fibrosis, and infectious diseases.
In this episode of the Science with a Twist podcast, our host Rupa Pike welcomes Dr. Wendell Lim, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. They discuss cell therapies, why they are so powerful and promising, and the biggest challenges in the field.
This podcast series addresses a great variety of scientific topics in a very interesting way so that everyone can understand and follow.
I very much enjoy the speakers and the topics!
Very interesting and top notch speakers
This podcast is interesting because it gives you an inside perspective into a variety of areas in the biotech industry. The speakers have so far been very knowledgeable and experienced. I would recommend to anyone interested in knowing more about how biotech affects our everyday lives.
Great listen! Highly recommend