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42 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Episode 42: Darnisha Harrison - Using Therapeutics to Tackle COVID-19
COVID-19 has upended our lives in how we interact and function. As of September 2021, the Centers for Disease Control estimate over 40 million people have been sick and approximately 652,000 people have died in the United States. We see that vaccines and mask-wearing are effective in controlling the spread, but people are still getting sick. We can’t fully eradicate COVID, but what if we could more effectively treat the symptoms of those infected and shorten the duration of their illness? LSU alumna, Darnisha Harrison, the Founder, President & CEO of Ennaid Therapeutics is working to answer that question. In this episode, Darnisha shares the inception of her company and the driving, divine mission to tackle diseases and identify treatments suitable for all of society. Catch more of Darnisha Harrison's story on a previous post on Science Next, "Will it take more than a vaccine to beat the Coronavirus?" Learn about Ennaid Therapeutics: https://ennaidthera.com/
50 minutes | May 28, 2021
Episode 41: Kyle Harms - What's the deal with biodiversity?
What information does the biodiversity of your area hold? Potentially, it tells a story about the mechanisms, processes, and traits of organisms that inhabit the space. In this episode, we are talking to Kyle Harms from LSU College of Science Department of Biological Sciences about biodiversity. From deep in the Panamanian rainforest to right in our Louisiana Pine savannas, Kyle has travelled to many locations in pursuit of understanding the relationships of biodiversity and evolution in how they shape ecosystems.
26 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Episode 40: Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Dangerous - Keeping Your Cool
Has there been a time where you’ve had to push through frustration, panic, or fear? Most likely the answer is yes! And this is also true for our researchers because keeping your cool is crucial for both your research AND your own safe. In this minisode of Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Dangerous (recorded in the summer of 2020), we spotlight Prosanta Chakrabarty’s tight squeezes during his cave explorations and Meagan Moore’s NASA payload recovery adventures as moments when calm, patience and creativity were needed to face fears and collect the data.
16 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Episode 39: Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Dangerous - The Minute Details
Details are key to research, but what happens when those small details are overlooked, or worse, ignored? We are back with another mini episode of Craziest, Weirdest and Most Dangerous and this time we are exploring those particular, small details that are critical to research. That’s right we are talking about the Minute Detail and it’s a Post-it Note Apocalypse involving governmental records! We’re revisiting the experience of our LSU Research Librarians, Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms, at the National Archives where they were researching Japanese Internment Camps.
24 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Episode 38: Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous - Don't Lose Your Head
Sometimes our head gets the best of us, causing us to panic, hallucinate, or give us pause about what is happening. This mini episode of Craziest Weirdest, and Most Dangerous is all about those moments where our thoughts and even dreams have created a hiccup in our study process. We feature Valerie Stampley and Heidi Novokowski and when their wondering minds resulted in some exciting moments.
52 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Episode 37: Cindy Nguyen - A COVID-19 Experience
By now you’ve heard all about COVID-19—the insidious virus responsible for the global pandemic—from its severe symptoms to the demographics of those at risk. The statistics are frightening, but they’re not as relatable as a personal account. After contracting the virus in early March, Cindy Nguyen, a medical student at LSU Health New Orleans and graduate from the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, joined us for an interview—even with lingering COVID-19 effects. In this episode she describes the testing process she went through along with her symptoms, like water tasting sweet, and how she’s recovering. We also catch-up on her medical school program, her exciting internship and ways this experience is influencing the physician she aspires to become.
53 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Episode 36: Meagan Moore - Problem-solving with STEAM
What happens when you include art in science, technology, engineering and math? You create STEAM or, in this case, Meagan the Maker. Meagan Moore, a senior in biological engineering at LSU, is a creative force using her wealth of unique artistic and problem-solving talents to find solutions for everything from prototyping PPE for healthcare professionals during the pandemic to fabricating life sizes 3D phantoms used in breast cancer research. She joins me via Zoom where we dive into her research projects and what she aspires to tackle next.
23 minutes | May 6, 2020
Episode 35: Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous Miniseries: The People
We’ve heard some amazing stories from our LSU researchers, but we’ve also heard stories that have tested our guests’ resolve and ability to keep their cool in order to collect that data. Over the next few months, we will look back at the different stories in this special series: Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Dangerous Things Done in the Name of Research. Get ready, because in the second episode we explore dangerous encounters with people from Peter Clift’s tea time interruption to the aggressive Coast Guard that approached Heather McKillop’s team. We’re also sharing our own people experiences, as Kyle and I discuss some of the dangers of research that are not alway anticipated.
24 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Episode 34: Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous Miniseries: The Runners
We’ve heard some amazing stories from our LSU researchers, but we’ve also heard stories that have tested our guests’ resolve and ability to keep their cool in order to collect that data. Over the next few months, we will look back at the different stories in this special series: Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Dangerous Things Done in the Name of Research. When asked about their craziest, weirdest, and most dangerous moments, Zack Rodriguez, Allison Barbato, and Whitney Kroschel all had one thing in common - racing toward their target or high tailing it outta there. That’s why the first episode in this miniseries is all about The Runners. Kyle and I share our reactions to these wild experiences and share a couple of our own too.
49 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Episode 33: Heidi Nowakowski - The First Semester of Medical School
Are you wondering how to get into medical school and what it will be like once you make it? What better than to hear from someone who just completed their first semester in med program! We are featuring LSU students at different stages in their medical career, from getting accepted to entering rotations. We begin with Heidi Nowakowski, LSU Spring 2019 College of Science graduate. Heidi is currently in her 2nd year in med school at LSU New Orleans, but we caught her in the middle of her first semester! She shared her insights into what it takes to get into medical school, the first semester transition struggles, and her advice on how to cope with med school stress.
55 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
Episode 32: Anna Hiller - Hybridization in Andean Nectar Bandits
In nature, hybrid zones are where two species or varieties meet and cross-fertilize, such as the classic donkey + horse = mule. A single hybrid zone is scientifically important for understanding how species diverge. So imagine the excitement of finding not just one, but two hybrid zones in the Andes of South America. And even cooler, the hybrid zone is the home of a special type of bird, flowerpiercers, who steal nectar from plants using their pirate-hooked bills. Anna Hiller, LSU Museum of Natural Science PhD candidate, tells us what hybrid zones are, what we can learn from them, and how she is using the flowerpiercers as her model. She also shares adventures from her previous expeditions and how her passion to include women in science is informing her upcoming field trips to Peru and Bolivia.
66 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
Episode 31: Phillip Bart - The Past, Present & Future of Antarctica's Ice Sheets
At this very moment, the ice sheets covering and surrounding Antarctica are dynamic, moving and receding in response to temperature and other factors. Some of the changes are abrupt and quite apparent, like calving events where large chunks of ice break off of glaciers and plunge into the ocean. Others are more subtle because the movement of the ice is occurring slowly, like it has done for over thousands of years. Dr. Phil Bart, LSU College of Science Geology & Geophysics professor, invites us to learn about the evolution of Antarctic ice sheets and how he investigates the movement of ice sheets and ice rises over geologic time to aid in predicting their future behavior.
62 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
Episode 30: Keith Comeaux -Engineering the Mars 2020 Rover Mission
What’s it like to launch an SUV-sized rover to another planet and ensure that, on arrival, the rover will be able to complete scientific missions AND be controlled from Earth? This is exactly what Dr. Keith Comeaux, Deputy Chief Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and his team are tackling for the Mars 2020 Mission. In this episode, Dr. Comeaux leads us through the complexities involved in designing Mars rovers his career path from LSU to NASA, and the potential prospects of discovery for the Mars 2020 Mission.
67 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Episode 29: Valerie Derouen - Packaging Science into Outreach Activities
Who is responsible for creating a bridge between the scientists asking questions and the curious public? The answer, Outreach Specialists. In this episode we speak with Valerie Derouen, the LSU Museum of Natural Science’s very own outreach coordinator. Valerie is tasked with packaging the hardcore science and conservation efforts done by museum researchers into activities that engange audiences of all ages. We learn what a typical day looks like for an Outreach Specialist, how to develop activities for public events and spaces, the curves in Valerie’s science career that led her to the museum, and how she hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists.
54 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
Episode 28: Rebecca Christofferson - Pesky Blood Sucker & the Arboviruses They Carry
Mosquitos can cause more than an itchy welt. They are vectors of arboviruses. But what is an arbovirus? Dr. Rebecca Christofferson, Assistant Professor of Pathobiological Sciences from the School of Veterinary Medicine, presented her research on the transmission of these harmful viruses and how we can protect ourselves from them during LSU’s Science Cafe Talk in July 2017. Following her presentation, we continued all things mosquitoes and dove into a range of topics including vector borne disease spread, the systematic spraying of Deet, mosquito trivia, and the vulnerability of different countries to these rapid outbreaks.
60 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Episode 27: Zack Rodriguez - Straight out of nature! It’s Green-blooded lizards
Get ready for the weird! We’re learning all about Green-blooded lizards - not from a sci-fi movie, but straight out of nature! Papua New Guinea to be exact. We’re joined by Zack Rodriguez, PhD Candidate in the College of Science’s Museum of Natural Sciences, to learn all about green-blooded lizards, the importance of studying green blood, and how Zack is preparing for an upcoming expedition to Papua New Guinea to discover more.
40 minutes | Jun 21, 2019
Episode 26: #ScientistsWhoSelfie with Dr. Paige Brown Jarreau
How can the problematic science stereotypes be dismantled? With selfies! It’s National Selfie Day and we’re marking the occasion with my co-author, Dr. Paige Brown Jarreau. Paige and I along with Lance Porter from the LSU Manship School, Imogene Cancellare from the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Samantha Yammine from the University of Toronto, and Daniel Toker from the University of California Berkeley, explored the role of science self portraits play in addressing problematic stereotypes. The project was crowdfunded through Experiment.com and launched the #ScientistsWhoSelfie hashtag. The hashtag has been used over 14k times on Instagram and formed a community of scientists and science enthusiasts sharing discoveries! Check out @ScientistSeflies on Instagram to see more! Paige and I discuss the inspiration behind the project, the results, and the next steps for changing stereotypes of scientists. The study, “Using selfies to challenge public stereotypes of scientists” in PLOS One (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216625)
53 minutes | Jun 7, 2019
Episode 25: Michael Pasquier - The Cultural Connections of People, Land, & Water in Louisiana
What composes a community and the cultures within? In Southern Louisiana, communities are constructed by the people and the ecosystems that surround. Michael Pasquier, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History and the Jaak Seynaeve Professor of Christian Studies, begins our conversation with Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the prayers offered to protect the people of Southern Louisiana from approaching storms. The connections of the people to the land and water shape the culture of those that call Louisiana home. We explore these connections and how the stories of the past can help us prepare for the future.
55 minutes | May 22, 2019
Episode 24: Hayley Johnson & Sarah Simms - Japanese Internment Camps in Louisiana
Did you know that over 1000 Japanese men were interned in Louisiana during WWII? Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms, passionate librarians from LSU Libraries, explore this buried history in our own backyard. We discuss who these Japanese men and their families were, the conditions at the Louisiana internment camps, and the crucial lessons we need to remember in order to fight against the discrimination of those who are different.
38 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
Episode 23: Mike Polito - Studying Penguins in Antarctica
Happy World Penguin Day! Penguins almost exclusively live in the Southern Hemisphere, most notably in Antarctica. So how do those cute, tuxedo wearing birds survive and what is it like to study penguins in the coldest place on Earth? We’re featuring an April 2017 LSU Science Cafe talk by Dr. Mike Polito, Assistant Professor Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, where he shared all things penguin - from what they eat to how they respond to environmental stresses. We then sat down with Dr. Polito to learn more about his research in the southern continent and why science collaborations so important for his work.
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