PODCAST 26: Frank Jotzo -Climate change economist & international expert on climate change policies
Professor Frank Jotzo is an expert on climate change and environmental economics and his expertise is sought around the world, advising national and international governmental bodies on addressing climate change. Twice senior author on the IPCC report, we discuss climate science, the best options to get to carbon neutral and has salient advance to students of science.
PODCAST 25: Kiara Bruggeman: developing nanotechnology to help stem cells repair brain tissue
Meet Kiara Bruggeman. Working at the Australian National University, Kiara work in the exciting field of nanotechnology, developing delivery systems to encourage stem cells to repair brain tissue, especially in stroke patients. Its a highly multidisciplinary approach, incorporating biology, pharmacology, physics and medicine. On top of this she is a highly engaging science communicator, and has a knack of explaining complex topics in a fun and informative way.
podcast 24 : Anita Ho-Baillie - making solar cells that can be sprayed on surfaces!
Anita Ho-Baillie is the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney, Australia Her work is in the exciting field of the next generation of solar cell technology using perovskite crystals. Not only is the cheaper than silicon based solar cells, the technology allows for its application on practically any surface. Imagine being able to spray solar cells on glass and buildings In the interview we discuss her work, how she got into science, and why she thing her chinese cooking gives her an edge in her work.
Dr Cathy Foley has a long distinguished career in science. Research physicist, especially in superconductivity and semiconductors, chief Scientist for the CSIRO and is now Chief Scientist for Australia. She advises the federal government on science and technology and advocates on behalf of the scientific community . She is recognised as an influential leader in the scientific community and won numerous awards, including the Order of Australia. She is an engaging, down to earth, scientist and science communicator and in this podcast, we discuss her work, how she got into science , as well as her love for the scouting movement.
PODCAST #22: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - physicist, doctor, science communicator and story teller
Australia's own Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, physicist, doctor, science communicator and populariser (and more), has been sharing stories of science for decades, in radio, on tv and in numerous books. As a result he has become, in many respects, the face of science in Australia. Winning numerous awards, including an Order of Australia, and identified as one of Australia's living treasures, in this podcast we discuss his journey and passion for science, and in a way only Karl can do, ends up squeezing as many science stories in the mix.
PODCAST 21: Abby Fraeman drives the Curiosity Rover on Mars as Deputy Project Scientist for NASA's JPL
Abigail Fraeman has the fascinating and enviable job in driving the Mars Curiosity Rover to test the geology and atmosphere of Mars. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for Mars Science Laboratory, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), as part of NASA. In this interview we chat about her research with the Curiosity Rover and the science it conducts on Mars, how she got into her work and also shares her advice for students thinking of STEM. And we discuss the muppets!
PODCAST#20: Don Lincoln - discoverer of top quark, face of Fermilab, sci communicator, Star Trek fan
Don Lincoln is an internationally renowned science communicator. As a particle physicist, his work led to the discovery of not only the top quark in 1995, at Fermilab, but the Higgs Boson in 2012, at CERN. He has written for CNN, Forbes and The Physics Teacher, presented at TED talks and written many books on science . And his videos on Fermilab's Youtube channel have garnered over 500,000 subscribers. In this video we discuss his work, both in particle physics and science communication, offers salient to advice to educators and students, and discuss his love for trashy Sci Fi, especially Start Trek.
Petr Lebedev is a full time science communicator, writing for Discovery channel, presented at schools, podcaster and is currently a writer and researcher for Youtube's Veritasium channel, with Derek Muller.
In this episode we discuss his work and passion for science, shares his views why science communication is important , and his shows off his guitar as passionate rocker.
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.