Ep. 30: Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Pain and Addiction with Waylin Yu

Connor Wander talked to Waylin Yu about his research in the overlap of pain, negative emotion, and addiction.  Waylin studies the fundamental roles of neurons in different areas of the brain, such as the amygdala, that may be responsible for these reactions, both independently and in relation to each other.  …

Ep. 29: Fasting, Keto, and Injuries with Exercise Physiologist Alyssa Olenick

We talked to Alyssa Olenick, also known as Little Lyss Fitness for her online fitness presence and training programs, about her research in metabolic flexibility and nutrition strategies.  Listen in to hear about proper health, fitness, and the science behind popular diet plans such as the Ketogenic diet, a high-fat, low-carb diet sometimes …

Ep. 28: Cognitive Rehab using Virtual Reality with Faviola Dadis

We spoke with Faviola Dadis, the CEO of NeuroReality who is using the company to fund her PhD research.  NeuroReality specializes in the development of medical software using VR in order to create an immersive and fun gamified neurorehabilitation program for individuals who experience cognitive deficits following a stroke (and eventually …

Ep. 27 – Free and Open Science: Reworking peer review and null results with Sander van Bree

 Science isn’t perfect and one of it’s biggest problems revolves around the publishing process, by which scientists share their findings with the public after peer review.  However, this sharing can be quite limited in both what is shared and who gets to see it.  Open access science, shared publicly, …

Ep 26: Traumatic brain injury and CTE Roundtable with Connor and Julian

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). CTE is mainly seen in athletes who participate in contact sports such as football, but it also spans to military personnel. In this roundtable episode, we discuss where the latest research stands on …

Ep. 25 – Straight from a Scientist Update Episode

  Hey SFS listeners! Julian and Connor meet up online to discuss the past, present, and future of SFS.  Thanks for sticking with the podcast as we learn more about podcasting and science communication in general.  We’ve got a lot in the works for the summer, and are excited to …

Episode 24: Search and Destroy in HIV Therapy with Aaron Devanathan

Our final ComSciCon interview is with Aaron Devanathan.  Aaron studies HIV infection and elimination in the Department of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill in the Angela Kashuba Lab.  HIV, or Human Immuno-deficiency Virus, is the virus that causes AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.  While modern medicine has done wonders in treating …

Episode 23: The Role of Apoptosis with Georgia Smith

  We had the chance to talk with Georgia Atkin-Smith about different types of cell death, autoimmune disorders, and the optimistic future of the field.  Georgia is a final year PhD student in Biochemistry and Immunology at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Australia. Her PhD project focuses …

Episode 22: Nanotechnology with Claudia Alarcón López

I had the opportunity to speak with Claudia Alarcón López, better known as @the.nanotechgirl.  She is a Mexican INCQ (Ingeniero En Nanotecnología Y Ciencias Químicas) student who has the goal of spreading knowledge of science through Instagram, with a special focus on nanotechnology.  Nanotechnology is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale which …

Episode 21: Smart Textiles and Flexible Electronics with Ashish Kapoor

 The next installment of the ComSciCon podcast blitz stars Ashish Kapoor!  We discuss flexible electronics and smart textiles.  These game-changing technologies are already showing up in stores and threaten to completely overhaul how we use and think about clothing.  Smart textiles can be used in the military, medical emergencies, …