Episode 20: Biomedical Engineering and Science Education with Stephanie Teeter

Our second ComSciCon Triangle interview was with Stephanie Teeter from NC State.  Stephanie is a technician for two biomedical engineering labs, and she is working towards her PhD in Science Education.  We discuss practical applications of biomedical engineering, like prosthetics, and the challenges with Science Education in academia. Follow Stephanie …

Episode 19: Bluebirders vs House Sparrows with Suzanne Hartley

I got the chance to sit down with Suzanne Hartley, a graduate student at North Carolina State University.  Suzanne researches how to help Bluebirds in their surprisingly violent turf war with House Sparrows, and how we can use this war to learn about environmental toxins like pesticides or other chemicals.  …

Episode 18: Science Policy and Activism with Dr. Frances Colón

  Straight from a Scientist headed south for Spring Break and got a chance to speak with Dr. Frances Colón.  Dr. Colón served as science adviser to the State Department under the Obama administration.  We discuss the responsibility scientists have to communicate their findings directly to the public, and how scientists can …

Episode 17: Addiction and Sex differences in the Brain with Jean Rivera

————————————————————————————————— Jean completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM) majoring in Chemistry, with minors in Psychology and Biology. His undergraduate research focused primarily on explosives and forensic chemistry in the laboratories of Dr. Samuel Hernandez and Dr. Carmen Vega. He then pursued a 2-year research internship at …

Episode 16: Marine Biology and Climate Change with Dr. Jordan Grigor

Last week, I got the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jordan Grigor, a postdoc working at the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV).  He is both an educator and marine biology scientist.  We cover the uncertain future of keystone species like plankton in the arctic, and discuss …

Episode 15: Promising New Treatments for Parkinson Disease with Irene Gonzalez

  Today we sit down and talk with Irene Gonzalez about Parkinson Disease. Irene is a Master student who is currently studying neurodegenerative diseases. In this podcast, we cover the molecular pathology of Parkinson as well as discuss some promising new treatments. Irene can be contacted on Instagram at @iglezbur …

Episode 14: The Immune System and Fat Metabolism with Ricky Barrett

This week we talk with Ricky Barrett, a PhD candidate at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  Ricky researches the poorly understood role of immune cells like macrophages in fat metabolism.  The immune system isn’t just for protecting against infections- it is a key regulator of fat metabolism and is …

Episode 13: Amyloid Beta: Villain, or Hero in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Just Released! – Maya published a great review on Amyloid Beta’s antimicrobial properties in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease!    Free download here. Alzheimer’s disease is the most predominant neurodegenerative disorder of our time, and is an imminent health crisis in countries like the United States, where 15 million people are expected …

Episode 12: The Neuroscience of Consciousness & Free Will with Daniel Toker

 Today we spoke with Neuroscientist Daniel Toker about theories of consciousness and how mathematical models can be used to study the brain. We get philosophical on the scientific basis of consciousness as well as cover the complex concept of free will. Daniel Toker is a neuroscience PhD student at …

Episode 11: Maya Gosztyla -Alzheimers, Axons, Fruit Flies, and Free Time

Just Released! – Maya published a great review on Amyloid Beta’s antimicrobial properties in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease!    Free download here. This interview podcast features Maya Gosztyla, an undergraduate researcher at THE Ohio State University. Maya researches the genetics of axon guidance, or brain wiring in fruit flies, and runs …