When Science Speaks is a web series profiling innovative and interesting people working in science and technical fields - from academia, to industry, to the non-profit world. Mark and his guests explore: how to be a powerhouse advocate for science and your research; how to advance your career in meaningful ways that make you happy; how to push back on the assault on science; and other related issues of interest happening in the world. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast on your favorite app or podcast player.
An Engineer's Mind, Teacher's Heart, and Two-Time TEDx Speaker with Melanie Flores
This week's episode features Melanie Flores, an MIT-trained chemical engineer, theater arts aficionado, and two-time TEDx speaker, who currently applies her multidisciplinary skills to her work as Director of Solutions Consulting at SymTrain, a firm that automates and scales role-play training and coaching.
We discuss a range of issues such as:
- Melanie's fascinating career journey - themes and common qualities in her various roles
- The importance of feelings and human emotions in professional environments, even those where technical skills are emphasized
- When and from which influences Melanie's interest and aptitude in writing and communication originated
- How Melanie unveils the value of emotional intelligence and storytelling through setting an example, not lecturing
- Melanie's professional role and why she enjoys it
- How Melanie's experience teaching pre-school helped her in the engineering and - more broadly - the business world
- Recommendations for engineers and other technically-focused listeners who want to add or enhance communication skills in their own toolkit
Communicating the Science of Fitness and Health with Ronan Diego de Oliveira
This week's episode features world-reknown fitness trainer and author Ronan Diego de Oliveira.
We discuss a range of topics related to Ronan's approach to developing, describing, and teaching innovative fitness programs, including:
- The science upon which Ronan's 10X fitness program is based, the way he's able to explain scientific concepts with clarity and enthusiasm, and, in his opinion, what makes a good teacher
- The science behind 10X
- The way Ronan explains the science and nutrition in the program and how he decides what to include, what to leave out, and how to express the concepts and elements of the program such as fitness, nutrition and sleep
- Ronan's fitness journey so far and also the philosophy he shares in the online programs and speeches he delivers
- Ronan's recent program called the 10K Challenge, details about the program, and some of the common misperceptions people have about the value of walking vs. running
- With many of us feel pressed for time and exercise often squeezed out of our daily routine, some time-efficient things we can do to improve our overall health?
- Ronan's 1 piece of advice for listeners they could apply right away that could get them on a path to a more healthy future
Resources mentioned in the program
Promo code for 1-Month premium Newsly subscription: SC1SPEAKS
10X Fitness Program
The Launch of Career Cognitive City and How Its Resources Support Bioscientists
This episode features part of the team behind an exciting, innovative, and just-launched online resource for bioscientists called Career Cognitive City.
In this week's episode, you'll hear Rachel Rudlaff, Ph.D. and Tito Adhikary, Ph.D., two of the key leaders on the Cognitive City team, share details and plans for this expansive, organic platform, such as:
Who will particularly benefit from Cognitive City
When work started on CogCity and what the goals are for this resource
How CogCity is different from other resources available online for similar target audiences
Some specifics about CogCity's interactive aspects and how this functionality could solve certain issues for the target audience
5 years from now, what Rachel and Tito would like CogCity's contribution to be in terms of serving its target audience
Science Communication and Career Advancement with Thalyana Stathis, Ph.D.
In this week's episode featuring Thalyana Stathis, Ph.D., Manager, Office of Career & Professional Development, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we discuss an array of topics related to career advancement and effective communication for scientists, including:
- How Thalyana's involvement in ballet and Greek dance during her undergraduate studies at Cornell and also while earning her Ph.D. at Yale provided space for her to gain perspective and relieve stress during her Ph.D. program.
- Thalyana's extensive involvement in Toastmasters in New York City, including what motivated her to join, how Toastmasters helped her sharpen communication skills, and why she encourages researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to participate in Toastmasters.
- Principles Thalyana advises MSKCC researchers to apply in their own editing and presentation process that could also aid listeners.
- Details about Thalyana's career transitions, networking, and helpful lessons she learned along the way.
- Thalyana's current role at MSKCC and the work she and her colleagues do to assist researchers with science communication.
Resources mentined in the espisode
Thalyana Stathis, Ph.D.
Toastmasters' New York City chapter
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
New York Academy of Sciences
AAAS Media Fellowship
3-Minute Thesis (participating institutions)
Science, Communication, and Stand-Up Comedy with Adam Ruben, Ph.D.
This week's episode features biologist, author, and stand-up comedian Adam Ruben, Ph.D.
We discuss issues related to science, comedy, and the importance of communication, including topics such as:
- How Adam developed and uses both his scientific and communication skills
- Whether he thinks all scientists should be able to clearly and crisply translate their work to general audiences without dumbing it down
- As a scientist now working as a molecular biologist and previously during other chapters of Adam's academic and professional life, whether he was ever criticized or penalized for being such an active and exceptional communicator (Spoiler alert: "Yes"; and here's what happened)
- How the field of science communication has changed since Adam first entered it more than 15 years ago
- Why Adam decided to launch a stand-up comedy career/hobby
- Adam's two books, “Pinball Wizards” and “Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go To Grad School” - what led him to write each book, and their major themes for readers
- The best advice Adam ever received about communicating science to non-scientists, and more...
Resources mentioned in the episode
Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go To Grad School
Does the Past Still Exist, Dark Matter, and Other Mind-Blowing Topics with Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, Ph.D.
This week's episode features renowned physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, Ph.D., author most recently of the book "Existential Physics" and creator of the popular YouTube channel, "Science Without the Gobbledygook."
In this week's episode, we discuss a range of fascinating, mind-blowing topics such as:
- “Does the past still exist?”, “Was the universe made for us?”, and why, in Dr. Hossenfelder's words, science is first an inspiration, not merely a profession.
- What led Dr. Hossenfelder to start “Science without the Gobbledygook?”, her popular YouTube channel, which has 514,000 subscribers and counting
- In discussing the many topics in the episodes on her channel - quantum physics, the expansion of the universe, and Einstein’s theories of relativity, to name a few - what Dr. Hossenfelder means when she says she'll make her explanations as simple as possible, “but not any simpler” and whether she considers oversimplification a problem in communicating about science to general audiences
- The approach and principles Dr. Hossenfelder uses as she goes about explaining these topics - in many ways translating them into terms and concepts that are more relatable to the public at large
- Generally speaking, how effective Dr. Hossenfelder thinks government authorities have been in communicating to the public about major science-focused topics such as COVID, climate change, and more recently, monkeypox
- As a physicist deeply exploring and explaining topics as abstract as “Does the Past Still Exist?” (one of her YouTube episodes watched on her channel more than 1.2 million times) how Dr. Hossenfelder thinks about her own future and her own definition of “free will”
Resources Mentioned in the Episode
Existential Physics, By Sabine Hossenfelder, Ph.D.
Science Without The Gobbledygook YouTube Channel
So much more than just science!
Mark Bayer is a top-notch interviewers who asks insightful questions, listens well and prompts his guest to think more deeply about their own topics. Highly recommend for scientists, and non-scientists alike!
Explores science and its many intersections
I’ve enjoyed the privilege of being interviewed on the podcast, as well as benefitting from the insights that are shared by scientists and experts across a broad spectrum of scientific topics. Mark asks thoughtful questions and highlights some fascinating intersections between science and government, policy, data, technology, and people/organizations. I can’t recommend this podcast series highly enough, both as a listener and as a guest.
Making science accessible
I enjoyed my conversation with Mark immensely. My sense is America has come to appreciate anew the importance of science over this past year of COVID. But folks don't read the science. This podcast makes the science more accessible. As the world burns and floods - we need to engage science more than ever. Here is one place to get the latest!