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A special announcement: Season 2 of Scientist will start in November! In the meantime, please consider supporting the podcast by becoming a patron for Scientist. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at The Rockefeller University and will be finishing my position in September to pursue science communication and science media full time, and to this end, I'm starting a business that will formalize my creative projects, including this podcast. My motivation to continue interviewing guests...


I Want Your Feedback

I’m happy to announce that I’m starting to work on a new season of Scientist. I finished the first series of episodes in November 2018, and after producing 31 consecutive weekly episodes, I needed a few months to think about where to go from there. In the meantime, I started a different podcast called The Big Root, which has little to do with science but has been extremely therapeutic in balancing my left and right brain. In March, my live interview with Victor Torres sparked renewed...


Victor Torres

Victor Torres is Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology at New York University School of Medicine. We talk about Staph infections, vaccinations, and Puerto Rico. This is a special live episode in collaboration with RockEDU at The Rockefeller University. For more information: Victor Torres’ lab website Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Staphylococcus aureus RockEDU Science Outreach website


Kathryn Ibata-Arens

Kathryn Ibata-Arens is Vincent de Paul Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Asian Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. We talk about political economy, service to the Japanese American community, and having a family. For more information: Beyond Technonationalism: Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Asia by Kathryn C. Ibata-Arens MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925-1975 by Chalmers Johnson Depaul University...


Eugene Chang

Eugene Chang is Martin Boyer Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. We talk about the gastrointestinal microbiome, his role in a collaborative research team, and how mentorship shaped his physician-scientist career. For more information: The Microbiome Center website Michael Field, MD (1933–2014) by Eugene B. Chang, Stefano Guandalini, Mrinalini C. Rao, Joseph H. Sellin, Carol E. Semrad, and Howard Worman I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a...

Kenneth Gillingham

Kenneth Gillingham is Associate Professor of Economics at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University in New Haven, CT. We talk about energy economics, methodology, and the federal government. For more information: Solar power is contagious. These maps show how it spreads. by Brad Plumer White House Council of Economic Advisers website William Nordhaus 2018 Nobel Prize Winner video and article Climate Feedback website

Gregory Plunkett

Gregory Plunkett is Director and Curator of the Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics at the New York Botanical Garden. We talk about phylogenetic analysis, naming plants, and Vanuatu. For more information: Traditional Shelters, Cyclone Houses, and the Temptations of Modern Construction on the New York Botanical Garden website Linguist K. David Harrison to Document Plants, Languages in Vanuatu by Ryan Dougherty


Michael Balick

Michael Balick is Vice President for Botanical Science and Director of the Institute of Economic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden. We talk about ethnobotany, collaboration, and chewing on ginseng. For more information: Plants, People, and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany by Paul Cox and Michael Balick Plants and People of Vanuatu project description Category 5 Cyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu by Alan Taylor Ancient Wisdom, Modern Practices: Three Decades of Studying the Plants...


Alexandra Horowitz

Alexandra Horowitz is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College in New York. We talk about the umwelt of dogs, teaching nonfiction writing, and what I learned about walking my black lab Jayden. For more information: Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz Watch Shigeru Miyamoto...


Paula Diaconescu

Paula Diaconescu is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. We talk about organometallic chemistry, Romanian inorganic chemists, and why she applied to 42 graduate schools. For more information: Ferrocene by Lars Öhrström SoCal Organometallics website


Christine Shearer

Christine Shearer is Senior R&D Engineer at Annie’s Homegrown in Berkeley, CA. We talk about food science, socially responsible practices, and innovation. For more information: Annie’s Homegrown website A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg Sporkful podcast BBC’s The Food Chain podcast


Jason Kandybowicz

Jason Kandybowicz is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. We talk about linguistic field methods, endangered and fictional African languages, and how Japanese and Yoda’s speech are similar. For more information: Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches, edited by Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence World’s Languages Dying Off Rapidly by John Noble Wilford Endangered Language Alliance...


Roger Peng

Roger D. Peng is a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We talk about statistics, podcasts, and responsibilities of the data scientist. For more information: Data Science Specialization on Coursera The Effort Report podcast Not So Standard Deviations podcast Scriptnotes podcast Hello Internet podcast


Stefano Sacanna

Stefano Sacanna is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at New York University. We talk about colloidal materials, interdisciplinary research, and wearing GoPro cameras in lab. For more information: Micro-particles self-assemble into spinning gears video Colloids and Interface Symposium website Colloid Open Access Library Colloid synthesis tutorials


Elaine Fuchs

Elaine Fuchs is Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, Howard Hughs Medical Institute Investigator, and Head of the Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University in New York. We talk about stem cells, grantsmanship, and fearlessness. For more information: Elaine Fuchs: The Drive to Succeed, World Science Festival President Obama Awards National Medal of Science and Medal of Technology, October 2009 Seven Actionable Strategies for...


Psyche Loui

Psyche Loui is Assistant Professor of Music and Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. We talk about cognitive neuroscience, liberal arts education, and skin orgasms. This episode is hosted by Jeremy Auerbach. For more information: Psyche Loui's website How Our Brains Learn to Like Music by Psyche Loui (TEDxCambridge 2011) Tone Deafness: A New Disconnection Syndrome? by Psyche Loui, David Alsop and Gottfried Schlaug Music, language, and the brain by Aniruddh D....


Joyce White

Joyce White is the Director of the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project and Director of the Ban Chiang Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, PA. We talk about Ban Chiang, monographs, and tourism. For more information: Penn Museum website Chester Gorman by Froelich Rainey Ban Chiang Archaeological Site Ban Chiang Museum on TripAdvisor Middle Mekong Archaeological Project Operation Antiquity, Institute for Southeast Asian...


Omar Abdel-Wahab

Omar Abdel-Wahab is an Associate Member in the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program and Attending Physician in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. We talk about specializing in hematology, working at a cancer research institution, and being a physician-scientist. For more information: Abdel-Wahab Lab website Frequent pathway mutations of splicing machinery in myelodysplasia by Seishi Ogawa and coworkers Finding Nirvana: Paths to Becoming a...


Gaelin Rosenwaks

Gaelin Rosenwaks is a marine scientist and the Founder and President of Global Ocean Exploration. We talk about bluefin tuna, expedition science, and outreach. For more information: Gaelin Rosenwaks’ website Gaelin Rosenwaks’ Instagram Global Ocean Exploration Giant Trevally: Fishing for Science in Seychelles Gallery Review: Gaelin Rosenwaks’s “Science at Sea” by Calleigh Smith Gaelin Rosenwaks on CBS News for World Oceans Day Netflix's Chasing Coral trailer Monterey Bay Aquarium...


Adam Summers

Adam Summers is Professor of Biology and School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, WA. We talk about fish, fish burritos, and animated fish. For more information: Natural History: An Engine for Bioinspiration by Adam Summers How Sharing Big Data is Changing the World by Adam Summers X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology oVert Thematic Collection Network Q&A: Fabulous fact fisher by Daniel...