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Welcome to the Frizzle Factor. I’m Joanne Wasdin, your resident Ms. Frizzle.

I love cool science, cool critters, and cool classrooms. I want to foster collaboration between science and education so we can all help to increase science literacy in our communities.

Join me as I interview scientists, professionals, and enthusiasts in talking about our journeys and the things we love about the world around us.

The Frizzle Factor Joanne Wasdin

    • Education

Welcome to the Frizzle Factor. I’m Joanne Wasdin, your resident Ms. Frizzle.

I love cool science, cool critters, and cool classrooms. I want to foster collaboration between science and education so we can all help to increase science literacy in our communities.

Join me as I interview scientists, professionals, and enthusiasts in talking about our journeys and the things we love about the world around us.

    March Mammal Madness with Remington Moll

    March Mammal Madness with Remington Moll

    Meet Our Guest:

    Remington Moll is a wildlife ecologist and educator at Michigan State University. His research covers a variety of applications through his study of the community ecology of multi-carnivore, multi-prey systems and work in both wild and urban environments exploring spatial, temporal, and trophic interactions.

    Follow Remington:
    Twitter: @remington_moll (https://twitter.com/remington_moll)
    Webpage: https://remingtonmoll.wordpress.com/
    Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=BOJOPK8AAAAJ&hl=en

    In this episode, we talk:

    Changing gears in study
    Pivoting between scientist and educator
    The importance of educators intentionally developing students as people
    Misconceptions about ecology and wildlife
    City parks as important wildlife habitat
    Why we need urban ecology education
    Specialization vs. diversification in research
    How the scientific method is like a conversation

    And much, much more!

    “We grieve only for what we know.” - Aldo Leopold

    Learn More:

    eMammal (Get started learning how to participate in camera trap experiments, and participate in citizen science projects that come up.) https://emammal.si.edu/
    Other Citizen Science Possibilities:
    Zooniverse: https://www.zooniverse.org/
    The Cornell Lab - Ornithology: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/citizenscience
    US Citizen Science Government Site: https://www.citizenscience.gov/#
    NASA Citizen Science: https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscience
    Folding at Home (Biochemical/medical citizen science): https://foldingathome.org/
    Brian McGill - https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/author/brimcgill/
    Turkey Mountain Park in Tulsa, OK - https://www.riverparks.org/experience/turkey-mountain
    Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University: https://www.canr.msu.edu/fw/index
    Aldo Leopold Foundation: https://www.aldoleopold.org/about/aldo-leopold/

    For more science and education resources from your host, Joanne Wasdin, visit frizzlefactor.com

    Intro and Outro Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Open Those Bright Eyes" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    • 34 min
    Science, Spiders, and Sebastian Echeverri

    Science, Spiders, and Sebastian Echeverri

    Meet Our Guest:

    Sebastian Echeverri is a scientist, science communicator, and educator based at the University of Pittsburgh where he is currently exploring how jumping spiders get one another's attention during courtship dances.

    Follow Sebastian:
    Website: https://www.spiderdaynightlive.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/spiderdayNight
    Arachnophiles: https://twitter.com/arachnofiles
    View his latest project with Mass Media Fellowship, a podcast with the Science History Institute: https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/podcast/how-philadelphias-water-pollution-problems-shaped-the-city

    In this episode, we talk:

    How he wandered into the path of becoming a PhD Scientist (and how sometimes it not as intentional as we think it is)
    How jumping spiders help us to also understand the physiology of our own vision and behavior
    Can confirm: Spider scientist loves Spiderman
    How teachers and educators can create positive experiences with spiders to break down negative misconceptions
    Importance of collaboration
    Overcoming challenges with perseverance, practice, and productivity
    What is a scientist?
    The important and often underrepresented role of ecology in science education
    Being bold to explore, ask questions, and make observations in the world around you

    And much, much more

    Notes from the Host:

    Sebastian was the first interview that I conducted and it was so fun. Forgive me for some of the newbie mistakes--the audio quality is a bit weird at first, but we fixed that around 8 minutes or so into the podcast.

    I love having these long-form conversations with people and I have found myself still quoting things I learned from Sebastian in conversations in and out of the classroom. He does a great job communicating his work, and providing helpful advice for science communicators and educators. Currently (until May 2019), he is working as an NSF-funded intern at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where he is studying how the words we use to talk about animals affect how and what museum visitors learn about them. If you enjoy our conversation, reach out to Sebastian himself and tell him how much his words mean to you. Thanks so much Sebastian.

    Learn More:

    Insect Hunter Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYxVdaLr1b8pPirmoSecMDw
    The Science of Spiderman: https://www.inquirer.com/science/superhero-spider-science-spider-man-far-from-home-20190712.html
    AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship: https://www.aaas.org/programs/mass-media-fellowship
    Richards-Zawacki Ecology and Evolution Lab at the University of Pittsburgh: http://www.rzlab.pitt.edu/
    Friends of Cooper Island: http://cooperisland.org/
    William A. Searcy Lab, University of Miami: http://www.bio.miami.edu/searcylab/bill_cv.html
    Robert Irwin (Still carries on his father’s legacy): https://twitter.com/RobertIrwin
    Skype a Scientist: https://www.skypeascientist.com/
    iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/
    Cincinnati Museum Center:

    For more science and education resources from Joanne Wasdin, visit frizzlefactor.com

    Intro & Outro Music from https://filmmusic.io
    "Open Those Bright Eyes" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    • 1 hr 32 min

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