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. 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 …

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 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 …