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Experimental is a podcast series that features Louisiana State University faculty and students sharing their passion for research and their personal stories of investigation. Listen and learn about exciting projects and the individuals posing the questions.

Experimental is a podcast series that features Louisiana State University faculty and students sharing their passion for research and their personal stories of investigation. Listen and learn about exciting projects and the individuals posing the questions.
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Experimental is a podcast series that features Louisiana State University faculty and students sharing their passion for research and their personal stories of investigation. Listen and learn about exciting projects and the individuals posing the questions.

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English


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Episode 22: Cindy Nguyen - Entering the MD MPH Program

4/3/2019
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Are you wondering how to get into medical school? What better than to hear from someone who was just accepted into an MD-MPH program! We are featuring LSU students at different stages in their medical career, from getting accepted to entering rotations. We begin with Cindy Nguyen, recent graduate with Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Cindy shares her insights from early academic struggles, identifying the right career path, prepping for the...

Duration:00:30:03

Episode 21: Heather McKillop - Preserving Mayan Artifacts with 3D Printing

3/13/2019
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How do you discover ancient Maya artifacts buried underwater? And what do you do with the artifacts once you discover them? Heather McKillop, Thomas & Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, presented her research on ancient Mayan civilizations during LSU’s Science Cafe in September 2017. We later sat down with Dr. McKillop, where she shared how her team has been able to study submerged Mayan villages, excavate artifacts and preserve those artifacts...

Duration:01:10:51

Episode 20: Whitney Kroschel -Flooding on the Floodplains

2/11/2019
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Floodplains. The term conjures up images of iconic Louisiana swamps- cypress trees, alligators, and areas inundated with water. But what a floodplain really is, is a wetland ecosystem which periodically experiences pulses of floodwaters, bringing nutrients and sediment to the land. While these cyclic events can be beneficial to wetland communities, continuous flooding may be deleterious to the native species. Whitney Kroschel, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Renewable Natural Resources in...

Duration:00:58:00

Episode 19: Malinda Sutor - Big Impacts Tiny Creatures

1/12/2019
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Plankton provide the single largest source of oxygen and carbon sequestration on this planet all while nourishing the largest mammal on Earth, the blue whale. With the rise in temperature and acidity in the ocean an urgent question emerges; how will the environmental changes affect the plankton’s ability to maintain these global processes and provide the foundation of the world’s food web? Join us in our conversation with Dr. Malinda Sutor, from the Department of Oceanography and Coastal...

Duration:00:51:20

Episode 18: Catherine Deibel - Uncovering Star Composition

12/13/2018
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When you look in the mirror, do you see a star? Of course you do! Your body is composed of the elements of stars. We met with Dr. Catherine Deibel, Assistant Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, to learn about her research in experimental nuclear astrophysics and explain how we are all made from the ashes of stars.

Duration:00:25:38

Episode 17: Maria F. G. Wallace - The Gray Landscape of Education

11/14/2018
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How do scientists learn how to teach? With science of course! Maria F. G. Wallace, 2017 PhD graduate of the School of Education in the College of Human Sciences & Education at Louisiana State University and current Assistant Professor of Education at Millsaps College, discusses her research on education of science teachers, both as undergraduates and as early career professionals, to highlight how science education involves a community process of shared experience and investigation among...

Duration:00:40:06

Episode 16: Carol Friedland - Saving Our Homes From Hurricanes & Floods

10/17/2018
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In 2016, the Gulf of Mexico churned out one of the most active hurricane seasons on record. Devastation from powerful winds and life-threatening flooding left many homeless and distressed. We joined Carol Friedland, an Assistant Professor in the Bert S. Turner Department of Construction Management in the College of Engineering at LSU's Science Cafe in August 2017, where she shared with us strategies for protecting homes against natural disaster effects, how to use flood maps, and what you...

Duration:00:21:59

Episode 15: John A. Pojman - A Chemical Career

9/12/2018
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What connects frontal polymerizations, amphiumas, and pocket protectors? They are all aspects of Dr. John Pojman’s research! John A. Pojman, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and President and CEO of Pojman Polymer Products, LLC., joins us in the School of Library and Information Sciences recording lab to share his journey through research, invention, and collaborations as well as advice to those starting their science careers. We discuss zero-gravity experiments, the development of...

Duration:00:38:29

Episode 14: Peter Clift - Monsoons, Mountains, & Civilizations

8/18/2018
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How do the largest mountains on Earth drive one of the greatest climatic events witnessed by humans? Peter Clift, the Charles T. McCord Endowed Professor and Dr. Henry V. Howe Distinguished Professorship recipient in the LSU Department of Geology and Geophysics, shares how he uses sediment samples from oceans, rivers, and land to link the development of the Himalayas to the intensity of the Asian monsoon and even connections to the rise and fall of civilizations within the region.

Duration:00:32:07

Episode 13: Don Hood & Allison Barbato - Mineral Connections

7/12/2018
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What information about Mars is locked in minerals on Earth? How can we learn about possible life on Mars from these Earth minerals? Don Hood, PhD Candidate and Allison Barbato, B.S.,members of LSU’s Planetary Science Lab in the Department of Geology & Geophysics, are heading to Sri Lanka to investigate serpentine mineral deposits to learn more about their formation and possible links to the serpentine minerals discovered on Mars. They share with us aspects of their upcoming research trip,...

Duration:00:44:39

Episode 12: Edgar Berdahl - Creating New Electronic Instruments

6/15/2018
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Have you ever heard sixty metronomes slowly going out of sync? What about a line the size of a telephone wire being plucked like a string? Listen to how Edgar Berdahl, Assistant Professor of Experimental Music and Digital Media in the LSU School of Music and the Center for Computation & Technology, takes seemingly impossible ideas and make them a musical reality. Additional works can be heard at Experimental Music & Digital Media (emdm.music.lsu.edu), including upcoming performances and...

Duration:00:22:22

Episode 11: Annemarie Galeucia - Mobile Homes in the American Landscape

5/11/2018
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When you think about a mobile home, what do you picture? Mobile homes may illicit many stereotypes that extend beyond the physical structure, affecting the people that inhabit them. Dr. Annemarie Galeucia, Student & Faculty Development Coordinator with LSU’s Communication across the Curriculum and from the Department of Geography and Anthropology, shares with us her dissertation research on mobile home communities and the common misconceptions people hold about them.

Duration:00:46:22

Episode 10: Melissa DeBiasse - Coping with Environmental Stress

4/20/2018
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When an animal’s home conditions change, they have four options: move, acclimate, evolve, or die. Dr. Melissa DeBiasse, former postdoc in Dr. Morgan Kelly’s lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University, shares how genetics can help determine which option they will choose, how she studies copepods and their adaptations, and what she’d tell her younger self now that’s she’s a postdoc in the Ryan Lab at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of...

Duration:00:31:16

Episode 9: Metha Klock - Promiscuous plants

4/6/2018
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Can plant promiscuity address the 1.4 trillion dollar toll invasive species take on the world each year? Dr. Metha Klock, postdoctorial associate at Cornell University and former member of the Dr. Kyle Harms lab in the Department of Biological Sciences, shares how the mutualism between plants and fungi can unlock the patterns behind species invasion.

Duration:00:19:01

Episode 8: Sabrina Taylor - Messages in Genes

3/23/2018
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Coyotes vs wolves; how do we know which animal dominated the southeast U.S. 1000 years ago? Historic DNA of course! Dr. Sabrina Taylor Associate Professor from the School of Renewable Natural Resources shares how she uses historic DNA to unlock the mysteries surrounding century old changes in species population size, range, and disease susceptibility. Her lab not only answers these puzzling questions, but directly implements them into conservation management for endangered species.

Duration:00:20:05

Episode 7: Mette Gaarde - Using Light to Measure Ultrafast Electrons

3/9/2018
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How do you measure things that move really fast? With light, of course! Dr. Mette Gaarde, Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, explains how ultrafast pulses of light - think a billionth of a billionth of a second - can be used to uncover very fast processes, like the early stages of a chemical reaction. Along with her research, we learn about what inspired her to become a physicist.

Duration:00:17:55

Episode 6: Prosanta Chakrabarty - The TED Experience

2/26/2018
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Not only does Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Curator of Fishes at Louisiana State University’s Museum of Natural Science, travel the world for science - he is an active science communicator! Prosanta is a past TEDxLSU and TED speaker, he was a TED Fellow - a group of “rising stars in their field” impacting the global community, and was recently named TED 2018 Senior Fellow. We catch up with Prosanta in his office following the announcement of being...

Duration:00:40:11

Episode 5: Mark Benfield - River of Plastic

2/9/2018
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We are surrounded by single-use plastic. We dispose of plastic bags, water bottles, and coffee stirrers quickly after their uses, yet their existence remains. These persistent plastics find their way into our waterways, leaching toxic chemicals and breaking down into smaller and smaller microscopic pieces, eventually corrupting the entire food web. Dr. Mark Benfield with the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences in the College of Coast & Environment shares his recent research on...

Duration:00:58:00

Episode 4: Prosanta Chakrabarty - Fishes as Evolutionary Puzzle Pieces

1/11/2018
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How can small, blind cave fishes aid in uncovering the story of continental movement? Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty, Associate Professor in Biological Sciences and Curator of Fishes at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, travels the world researching the morphology and DNA of fish species to uncover pieces of the world’s deep evolutionary and geological puzzles.

Duration:00:21:09

Episode 3: Jonathan Cripe -Detecting Gravitational Waves

12/11/2017
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Gravitational waves were first detected September 14, 2015 and the detections have not stopped! How is this possible to discover gravitational waves and black holes? Jonathan Cripe, a graduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, shares his involvement with LIGO, how detections works, and how he is developing next generation black hole detectors.

Duration:00:21:28