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Curious about nanotechnology, sustainability, and life in science? The Sustainable Nano podcast is produced by the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a chemistry research center funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

Curious about nanotechnology, sustainability, and life in science? The Sustainable Nano podcast is produced by the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a chemistry research center funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

    Ep 37. Shine Bright like a Diamond... Inside of a Worm

    Ep 37. Shine Bright like a Diamond... Inside of a Worm

    Zack Jones, a graduate student in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, gives diamonds to his study organism. But they're nanodiamonds, not jewelry, and after the tiny worms eat them, Zack uses their fluorescent and magnetic properties to see where the material accumulates within the worm's body. This episode talks about worms, defective diamonds, and how the combination of the two can provide information on environmental contamination.

    • 17 min
    Ep 36. "Yes, and...": A Guide to Effective Science Communication Using Improvisation

    Ep 36. "Yes, and...": A Guide to Effective Science Communication Using Improvisation

    Science communication takes a lot of different forms, including improvisation. In this episode, we interview Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology graduate student Paige Kinsley and alum Liz Laudadio. The episode dives deep into the life skills you can learn from doing improv, how it can make you a better listener, and how it relates to science storytelling. Not to mention the benefits of finding hobbies to do with your labmates.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 35 Photographing the Unphotographable

    Ep. 35 Photographing the Unphotographable

    How do you photograph the unphotographable? In this episode we interview MIT research scientist Felice Frankel, who specializes in visualizing science, using pictures to draw audiences in and help scientists more deeply examine their own work, including nanoscale materials that are smaller than wavelengths of light! We also have a mini-interview with graduate student Paige Kinsley about how COVID-19 is affecting chemistry labs in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

    • 37 min
    Ep. 34 Winter Holiday Mini-Episode: Colorful Carbon Dots

    Ep. 34 Winter Holiday Mini-Episode: Colorful Carbon Dots

    Winter can get pretty dark, especially in northern latitudes, and many cultures have winter holidays that feature and celebrate lights. For our last episode of 2019 we decided to talk about the bright and colorful chemistry of carbon dots!

    • 8 min
    Ep. 33 It Just Didn't Feel Like Me: Belonging and Sexism in Science

    Ep. 33 It Just Didn't Feel Like Me: Belonging and Sexism in Science

    How often do college women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience sexism? And how do these experiences affect their likelihood of staying in scientific fields? In this episode we talk with Majel Baker, a counseling psychologist who investigated these questions in her doctoral dissertation. Spoiler alert: sexism is bad. But there are ways we can work to improve the situation.

    • 48 min
    Ep 32. An Electronic Circuit on Every Seed?

    Ep 32. An Electronic Circuit on Every Seed?

    What if every seed you planted could include a sensor to monitor moisture and nutrients? What if every tissue had nanoscale electronics to check for viruses when you blew your nose? Our fourth season launches with an interview about the future of nanotransistor technology with Professor Mike Filler from Georgia Tech.

    • 36 min

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PeterIHope ,

Regular in my science podcast rotation

If you enjoy learning about sustainability, chemistry, or social issues in science, this podcast has something for you. I enjoy the diversity of the episodes (book reviews, interviews, and discussions), the large number of voices that contribute, and the host (Miriam) has a killer podcast voice.

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