Cover art for podcast The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

117 EpisodesProduced by The K12 Engineering Education PodcastWebsite

Promoting education in engineering and design for all ages. Learn more and read transcripts at Produced by Pius Wong, engineer, of Pios Labs ( This podcast is for educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents interested in bringing engineering to younger … read more


Tracing Brain Circuits for Mental Health, with Dr. Talia Lerner

Neuroscience research needs help from many fields, including engineering. Dr. Talia Lerner describes some of the engineering tools that she uses to study neural circuits in animal models, especially involving dopamine. She is a professor and basic science researcher at Northwestern University in Chicago, and she studies these circuits in the hopes of improving mental health diagnoses and treatments. Dr. Lerner also shares her thoughts on what doctors, scientists, and engineers will tackle in future neuroscience work.

Related to this episode:
• Dr. Talia Lerner’s lab, The Lerner Lab:
• Videos of neurons visualized with new techniques:
• Article on some common genetic links among depression, schizophrenia, autism, and other conditions:
• Neurotransmitters (such as glutamate), on Wikipedia:
• Neuromodulators (such as serotonin, dopamine), on Wikipedia:
• Synapses (or neuronal connections), on Wikipedia:
• Action potentials (or neuronal signals), on Wikipedia:
• Karl Deisseroth’s Lab at Stanford:
• Optogenetics resources:
• GFP (green fluorescent protein), at Connecticut College:
• Recombinant DNA, at Khan Academy:
• CLARITY resources:
• Article on the history of hydrogels:
• NeuWrite West (formerly Stanford Neuroblog):
• Berkeley Science Review (science news):
• Carry the One Radio (podcast):
• Viral neuronal tracing, on Wikipedia:
• Article on using the engineered rabies virus against brain cancer:
• Ed Callaway, neuroscientist:
• Ian Wickersham, neuroscientist:
• Biosafety levels, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Our closing music is “Late for School” by Bleeptor, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License:

Subscribe and find more podcast information at: Support Pios Labs with regular donations on Patreon:, or send one-time contributions by buying us coffee: Thanks to our donors and listeners for making the show possible. The K12 Engineering Education Podcast is a production of Pios Labs:

Educational emoji reaction


Interesting emoji reaction


Funny emoji reaction


Agree emoji reaction


Love emoji reaction


Wow emoji reaction


Listen to The K12 Engineering Education Podcast


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens