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Episode 16 (out now!): Dr. Damian Sowinski on information theory

Dr. Damian Sowinski is a post-doctoral researcher at Dartmouth who studies information theory. He uses information theory in many different ways, from understanding why stars are stable to how people construct a narrative of the world based on experience. In our discussion, we talked about the basics of information theory to fields of application like quantum mechanics, philosophy and physics.

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Episode 14: Stephanie Getz and Patrick Skelton on autism

This week we hosted two close friends and researchers to talk about their work in autism. They focus on cellular pathways that are commonly altered in patients with syndromic autism to both understand the physical changes that characterize neurons in the brain of a patient with autism and also create animal models that best represent human autism so we can understand the disorder and work towards therapies. You can see in the chart below that most of the genetic contributions that lead to autism are unknown. We hope you enjoy our analysis of and opinions on what we know and don’t know and how we study this complex disorder.

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Episode 12 (out now!): Dr. Mark McPeek on evolution

Want something to listen to during your holiday travels? Download this episode now! Mark is a tenured professor at Dartmouth College and explains exactly what evolution is, what drives changes in species, and gives real-life examples of adaptations. He is an amazing science communicator and raised many important questions and points throughout our interview. Please enjoy and let us know what you think!

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Episode 11 (out now!): Colleen Lewis on STIs

 

Our guest this week is the amazing Colleen Lewis. She is a clinical microbiologist, which means she tests all those strep tests and pap smears! Be prepared for a full scientific discussion about STIs. We talk about transmission, testing, and treatment of the most common, and some uncommon, STIs. As it turns out, many STIs are curable! Did you know that Rome had a problem with syphilis? Or that there is a parasite STI that is becoming extremely common in our population? Listen to this episode to learn about best practices of getting tested, treatments for the most common STIs, and interesting facts along the way! The video below is a snapshot of the parasite STI, Trichomonas vaginalis, that Colleen believes to be the most common STI.

 

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Episode 10 (out now!): Dr. Baldomero Olivera on cone snails

Dr. Olivera is a renowned scientists with discoveries credited to his name in the field of DNA enzymes and, the topic of today’s episode, cone snail toxins. The video below shows just how dangerous these animals can be. Luckily, as Dr. Olivera explains in the interview at the end of his seminar, you have to really perturb the little guys to get stung as a human. That being said, harnessing our natural environment to treat human disease has never been more interesting. Who would’ve thought that something so deadly has the potential to save millions of lives! The components of various cone snail toxins, called conotoxins, have proved to effectively treat a variety of diseases including chronic pain, epilepsy, and type II diabetes. Be sure to listen to this gem and watch the video below to get an idea of what these creatures look like and hunt like in the wild.