PODCAST #18 : Tamara Davis: searching for dark energy and international ultimate frisbee player
Tamara Davis is an astrophysicist based in QLD, Australia, who is chasing the elusive dark energy, which is the predicted reason behind the accelerating universe. She is also responsible to developing one of the best maps of the universe, mapping hundreds of millions of galaxies. She is also the leader of the Dark Theme within the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and is helping manage the international Dark Energy Survey (DES). On top of this she has been the captain for Australia's Ultimate Frisbee team. In this podcast we chat about her work, the reasons behind her passion for science and its communication, and she shares some tips on how to improve your frisbee throwing!
PODCAST #17: Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt: discoverer of the accelerating universe
Dr Brian Schmidt set out to measure the rate of the universe expansion in the 1990s. To his surprise, he and his team discovered that the universe is not slowing in its expansion, but speeding up! For his work, he received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2011. He also is a gifted science communicator and passionate about communicating Science. He currently is the Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University and this has given him the opportunity to discuss and advise the government on scientific issues. In this podcast, we discuss his work, how he got into science, and why he is passionate about science communication. He also offers advices to students and shares his other passion of growing grapes for his small winery.
PODCAST #16 Labmuffin Michelle Wong - teaching science through reviewing beauty products
Michelle Wong, aka Labmuffin is a youtube creator and blogger whose mission is to review beauty products and expose the myths behind them, using her deep understanding of chemistry (she has a PhD in Chemistry) and science in general. In this podcast we talk about what she does, how she got started and why she sees her work as important to help the public understand science better and to make more informed decisions on beauty products, from everything from sunscreens, cleaners and cosmetics. Her website - www.labmuffin.com
PODCAST#15 Chris Ferrie: Quantum Computing Physicist, author of "quantum physics for babies" and more
Chris Ferrie's expertise is quantum computing but seeing a need, he started writing children's books with decidedly strong science themes, and as a result increase science understanding in the parents reading them to their children. With over 60 titles and over a million sold, Chris has communicated science in an innovative way and getting attention for it. In this podcast we talk about his work, his books, and more, and he reads us one of his favourite books! Check out his website where you can get his books - https://csferrie.com/