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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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 38: Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous - Don't Lose Your Head

10/21/2020
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.

Duration:00:24:02

Episode 37: Cindy Nguyen - A COVID-19 Experience

8/12/2020
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...

Duration:00:52:03

Episode 36: Meagan Moore - Problem-solving with STEAM

6/25/2020
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...

Duration:00:53:06

Episode 35: Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous Miniseries: The People

5/6/2020
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...

Duration:00:23:08

Episode 34: Craziest, Weirdest, Most Dangerous Miniseries: The Runners

3/11/2020
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...

Duration:00:23:36

Episode 33: Heidi Nowakowski - The First Semester of Medical School

2/12/2020
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...

Duration:00:48:29

Episode 32: Anna Hiller - Hybridization in Andean Nectar Bandits

1/17/2020
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...

Duration:00:55:11

Episode 31: Phillip Bart - The Past, Present & Future of Antarctica's Ice Sheets

11/13/2019
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...

Duration:01:06:19

Episode 30: Keith Comeaux -Engineering the Mars 2020 Rover Mission

10/9/2019
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...

Duration:01:02:13

Episode 29: Valerie Derouen - Packaging Science into Outreach Activities

9/11/2019
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...

Duration:01:06:34

Episode 28: Rebecca Christofferson - Pesky Blood Sucker & the Arboviruses They Carry

8/7/2019
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...

Duration:00:53:53

Episode 27: Zack Rodriguez - Straight out of nature! It’s Green-blooded lizards

7/3/2019
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.

Duration:01:00:08

Episode 26: #ScientistsWhoSelfie with Dr. Paige Brown Jarreau

6/21/2019
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....

Duration:00:39:50

Episode 25: Michael Pasquier - The Cultural Connections of People, Land, & Water in Louisiana

6/7/2019
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...

Duration:00:52:54

Episode 24: Hayley Johnson & Sarah Simms - Japanese Internment Camps in Louisiana

5/22/2019
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.

Duration:00:54:57

Episode 23: Mike Polito - Studying Penguins in Antarctica

4/25/2019
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...

Duration:00:38:00

Episode 22: Cindy Nguyen - Entering the MD MPH Program

4/3/2019
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
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
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
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