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Ask a Scientist

53 EpisodesProduced by Victoria CrystalWebsite

Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist? Do you want to know more about the people behind all the science news that’s out there? Well now you can! In this podcast, I’ll sit down with a different scientist each episode and ask them all of your questions and questions written by students at elementar… read more

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Mary Hingst -- Hydrogeology

August 3rd, 2021

51:23

Have you ever wanted to know more about water? In this episode, Mary Hingst, hydrogeologist at Well Aware, a female founded nonprofit that's bringing …

Dr. Priyanka Kushwaha -- Soil Microbiology

July 13th, 2021

37:28

Have you ever wanted to know about what microscopic organisms live in the soil? This week on Ask a Scientist, Dr. Priyanka Kushwaha, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona talks to us all about soil …

Dr. Yan Wang -- Neurobiology

June 29th, 2021

51:47

Have you ever wanted to know more about animals' brains? In this episode, Dr. Yan Wang, postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, talks to us about how she studies the brain structures of different animals like …

Brian Palermo -- Science Communication

June 15th, 2021

1:12:25

Have you ever wanted to know the best way to communicate your ideas? In this special episode actor, comedian, and science communicator Brian Palermo talks to us all about science communication and how improvisation …

Breanna Ivey -- Perseverance Mars Rover

June 1st, 2021

38:29

How does the Perseverance Mars Rover work? What was it like to work on? In this episode, Breanna Ivey, electrical engineering student at Georgia Tech and NASA intern, talks to us all about the Perseverance Mars Rover, …

Danielle De La Mare -- Science Careers

May 18th, 2021

44:30

What does a career in science look like? How do you get a career in science? How do you find satisfaction in a career? In this extra special episode of Ask a Scientist, Danielle De La Mare of the Self-Compassionate …

Dr. Zach Serber -- Biofacturing Company Zymergen

May 4th, 2021

58:20

What is biofacturing? How can products be made from microbes? In this episode, Dr. Zach Serber, co-founder and chief science officer of the biofacturing company, Zymergen, talks to us all about making products from …

Dr. Cara Battersby -- Stars and the Universe

April 20th, 2021

1:09:25

Have you ever wondered how stars form? Or what a black hole is? In this episode, Dr. Cara Battersby, assistant professor of physics at the University …

Dr. Bill Sullivan -- Parasites

April 6th, 2021

53:38

What is a parasite? What do parasites do to you? In this episode Dr. Bill Sullivan, professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in …

Dr. Lisa Hiura -- Animal Bonding

March 23rd, 2021

44:33

Have you ever wanted to know more about how animals form bonds? In this episode, Dr. Lisa Hiura, postdoc at the University of Colorado Boulder …

Dr. Ethan Tsai -- Beer Science

March 9th, 2021

1:26:30

Have you ever wanted to know more about beer? Or even what beer is? In this episode, we talk to Dr. Ethan Tsai, manager of brewing operations at Cigar City Brewing, talks to us all about the science of beer and the …

Dr. Mike Klymkowsky -- Molecular and Cellular Biology

February 23rd, 2021

1:15:23

Have you ever wanted to know what a neurotransmitter is? What about how cells inside your body "talk" to each other? In this episode, Dr. Mike …

Camille Collett -- Climate Change

February 9th, 2021

53:05

What is climate change? How is it affecting us? How is it affecting other living things on the planet? Camille Collett, geologist and climate change …

Dr. Heather Brown -- The Brain and Spinal Cord

January 26th, 2021

34:58

Have you ever wondered how your brain and spinal cord form? What happens before you are born that makes your brain and spinal cord develop? In this …

Dr. Melanie Peffer - Biology Everywhere

January 19th, 2021

39:25

Have you ever wanted to know why music sometimes gives you a strong emotional reaction? Or why spoiled food tastes really bad? In this episode, Dr, …

Dr. Gussie Maccracken - Fossil Insects

December 29th, 2020

58:27

Have you ever wondered what prehistoric insects looked like? In this episode, Dr. Gussie Maccracken, National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, tells us all about insects of the past! She answers questions about …

Dr. Jaime Ullinger - Bioarcheology

December 15th, 2020

45:11

Have you ever wanted to know more about skeletons? In this episode, Dr. Jaime Ullinger, associate professor of anthropology at Quinnipiac University, …

Tom Kellond - COVID-19

December 1st, 2020

1:20:02

Do you want to know more about the current COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, retired respiratory therapist Tom Kellond talks to us all about COVID-19 and how patients with respiratory diseases like COVID-19 are …

Dana Green - Bats

November 17th, 2020

1:04:50

Have you ever wanted to know more about bats? In this episode, Dana Green, from the University of Regina in Canada, talks to us all about bats! She answers your questions about how big, how small, how tall, and how fast …

Royale Hardenstine - Whale Sharks and Rays

November 10th, 2020

1:06:37

Have you ever wanted to know more about whale sharks? Are they whales or sharks? Why are they called whale sharks? In this episode, Royale …

Dr. John Trawick - Using Biology to Make Stuff

November 3rd, 2020

1:00:39

Have you ever wanted to know more about sustainable ways to make materials like plastics? In this episode, Dr. John Trawick, Senior Research Fellow …

Dr Sydney Crawley - Bugs in Your House

October 27th, 2020

27:30

Have you ever seen a bug in your house and wanted to know how it got there and how to get rid of it? Dr. Sydney Crawley, Assistant Professor at North …

Alyssa DeRubeis - Birds

October 20th, 2020

1:01:00

Have you ever wanted to know more about birds? In this episode, Alyssa DeRubeis talks about her Master's research at the University of Arkansas studying grassland birds in North America. She talks to us all about birds …

Dr. Jeff Coughlin - Life on Other Planets

October 13th, 2020

42:38

Do you ever wonder if there is life on other planets? Do you love Sci Fi movies about extra terrestrials? In this episode, Dr. Jeff Coughlin, of the SETI Institute and Kepler Mission at NASA, talks to us about …

Susann Rossbach - Giant Clams

October 6th, 2020

33:33

Have you ever wanted to know more about life in the ocean? In this episode, Susann Rossbach, PhD candidate in Marine Science at King Abdullah …

Brooke McWherter - Social Science

September 29th, 2020

37:10

What is social science? Brooke McWherter, PhD student at Purdue University, talks to us all about being a social scientist. She is a natural resource social scientist, so she studies people’s thoughts and behaviors …

Lisa Stein - Antibiotic Resistance

September 22nd, 2020

36:09

Have you ever wanted to know more about antibiotic resistance? In this episode, Lisa Stein, a master's student at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She answers all of your questions including "what does …

Dr. Kelly Ronald - Bird Communication

September 15th, 2020

51:35

Have you ever wanted to know how birds communicate with each other? Dr. Kelly Ronald, professor of biology at Hope College, talks to us all about …

Ben Chiewphasa - Library and Information Sciences

September 8th, 2020

54:09

Have you ever wanted to know more about how libraries work? In this episode, Ben Chiewphasa, Government Information Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Montana, talks to us all about library and …

Dr. Jen Bauer - Invertebrate Paleontology

September 1st, 2020

41:13

Have you ever wanted to know more about animals without backbones (invertebrates)? In this episode, Dr. Jen Bauer, Collections Manager at the …

Dr. Michael Kirk - The Sun

August 25th, 2020

56:22

Have you ever wanted to know more about the sun? In this episode, Dr. Michael Kirk, research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center with Astra, talks to us all about the sun! Why is the sun so bright? Why is it …

David and Will from The Common Descent Podcast - Paleontology

August 18th, 2020

1:11:31

Have you ever wanted to know more about snakes and alligators? In this extra special episode, the paleontologists of the Common Descent Podcast talk …

Dr. Sarah Gaughan - Conservation Genetics

August 11th, 2020

42:49

Have you ever wanted to know more about genetics and how we can use genetics to protect species on the landscape? In this episode, Dr. Sarah Gaughan from Bellevue University, talks to us all about genetics, fish, …

Dr. Joe Hughes - Space Weather

August 4th, 2020

43:21

Have you ever wanted to know more about weather in space? In this episode, Dr. Joe Hughes, Research Scientist at Astra, talks to us all about the weather in space! He answers all of your questions about what makes space …

Dr. Karen Chin - Dinosaur Dung

July 28th, 2020

37:31

Have you ever wanted to know more about dinosaur poop? In this episode, Dr. Karen Chin, Curator of Paleontology and Associate Professor at the …

Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza - Sharks

July 21st, 2020

39:36

Have you ever wanted to know more about sharks? In this episode, Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, Executive Director of Ocean First Institute,  talks to us …

Dr. Erin Baxter -- Archaeology

July 14th, 2020

49:16

Have you ever wanted to know more about ancient humans who died a long time ago? In this episode, Dr. Erin Baxter, Curator of Anthropology at the …

Roy Dornbrook - Cancer Research

July 7th, 2020

38:18

Have you ever wanted to know more about scientist developing cures and treatments for cancer? In this episode, Roy Dornbrook, Associate Scientist at Verseau Therapeutics, talks to us about his research developing …

Dr. Rebekah Stein - Earth History

June 30th, 2020

24:23

Have you ever wanted to know what the Earth looked like many years ago? 50 million years ago? In this episode, Almost-Dr. Rebekah Stein, PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, will talk to us about Earth's history …

Dr. Miquela Ingalls - Earth

June 23rd, 2020

31:40

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Earth? In this episode, Dr. Miquela Ingalls, Assistant Professor at Penn State University, will talk to us all about the Earth, its history, its environments, and its climate! …

Hillary Cepress-McLean - Dinosaurs

June 16th, 2020

56:25

Have you ever wanted to know more about dinosaurs? In this episode, Hillary Cepress-McLean, Fossil Lab Manager at the Perot Museum, talks to us about all things dinosaurs! She will answer your questions about the most …

Dr. Chris Link - Alzheimer's Research

June 9th, 2020

43:48

Have you ever wanted to know more about Alzheimer's disease? In this episode, Dr. Chris Link, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado …

Dr. Paula Cushing - Spiders

June 2nd, 2020

57:07

Have you ever wanted to know more about spiders? In this episode Dr. Paula Cushing, curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature …

Dr. Emily Fairfax - Beavers

May 26th, 2020

56:35

Have you ever wanted to learn more about beavers? In this episode, Dr. Emily Fairfax, Assistant Professor at California State University Channel Islands, talks to us about beavers and how they interact with the …

Dr. Tanya Harrison - Mars

May 19th, 2020

37:07

Have you ever wanted to know more about Mars? In this episode, Dr. Tanya Harrison, the Manager of Science Programs at Planet Labs, talks to us about everything Mars, from the rocks at the surface of Mars to Mars rovers. …

Dr. Adrian Carper - Bees

May 12th, 2020

52:51

Have you ever wanted to know more about bees? Or how humans are affecting bees and their habitats? In this episode, Dr. Adrian Carper, Postdoctoral …

Almost-Dr. Abby Hughes - Ice Cores

May 5th, 2020

26:13

Have you ever wanted to know more about ice cores? Or about what the climate was like in the past? In this episode Almost-Dr. Abby Hughes, who is …

Dr. Sophia Tsang - Volcanic hazards

April 28th, 2020

36:04

Have you ever wanted to know more about volcanoes or the damage a volcanic eruption can cause? In this episode, (almost) Dr. Sophia Tsang, who just …

Dr. Diane Ehlers - the Human Brain and Exercise

April 21st, 2020

41:06

Have you ever wanted to know more about the human brain? What about how exercise can help improve brain function? In this episode, Dr. Diane Ehlers, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will …

Dr. Rebecca Lai - Chemistry of Harry Potter

April 7th, 2020

41:31

Have you ever wanted to know more about chemistry or the science behind the magic of the Harry Potter world? In this episode, Dr. Rebecca Lai, …

Dr. Stacey Smith - Botany

March 24th, 2020

41:22

Have you ever wanted to know more about some of your favorite fruits and veggies like tomatoes and potatoes? In this episode, Dr. Stacey Smith, …

Dr. Sharon Medcalf - Coronavirus

March 17th, 2020

33:40

In this special episode of Ask a Scientist, Dr. Sharon Medcalf, director of the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, answers questions …

Dr. Ian Miller - Paleontology

February 27th, 2020

43:07

Have you ever wondered what it's like to dig up dinosaur bones? Dr. Ian Miller, paleontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will …

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