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Ep. 9 - Giancarlo, Marcus, and Todd - 3/20/18

On this episode I'm joined by PhD student Marcus Cole and Dr. Todd Emrick from the Emrick Lab in the Polymer Science Dept. at UMass. We talk about many different uses for polymers-- improving solar energy technology, making better TVs, and improving methods of delivery cancer medications. What is the difference between silica, silicon, and silicone? And more fundamentally, what is a polymer? Comedian Giancarlo Biondino joins as cohost.


Ep. 8 - Monk, Sasha, and Matt - 3/13/18

On this episode, we talk to Dr. Sasha Suvorov of the Environmental Health Science Dept. at UMass about how an important discovery on Easter Island relates to our bodies' long-term response to flame retardants, and we talk to Dr. Matt Moore from the Food Science Dept. about the challenges of fighting norovirus. Comedian Monk Danger cohosts.


Ep. 7 - Francis, Ajla, and Kim - 3/6/18

In this episode we talk about innovative materials in architecture, we learn about the driving simulator at UMass, and we find out what material is the next best thing to vibranium. Comedian Kim DeShields co-hosts as we are joined by Dr. Ajla Aksamija from the Architecture Dept. at UMass, and Francis Tainter, PhD student in Human Factors and Transportation Engineering. Check it out!


Ep. 6 - Kelsey, Bryan, Brian, and Dennis - 2/27/18

In this episode we talk about an exciting new project to use 3D printing to make STEM classes more accessible to people with low or no vision. We talk about DNA, ticks, brains, braille, and more! Comedian Brian Barganier co-hosts, with guests Dr. Bryan Monesson-Olson who teaches Molecular Biology, Assistive Technology Coordinator Kelsey Hall, and Head of 3D Print Services Dennis Spencer. Check it out!


Ep. 5 - Srishti, George, and Tim - 2/20/18

We're joined by Srishti Kashyap of the Microbiology Dept. and George Locascio of the Environmental Conservation Dept. Comedian and CEO of Comedy as a Weapon Tim Lovett joins as co-host. Srishti talks about her research exploring how high temperature microbes interact with their surroundings to produce specific mineral signatures, which helps us look for life in extreme environments in the past or on other planets. George discusses his work exploring how certain plant pollens affect bumble...


Ep. 4 - Carolyn, Elsbeth, and Sean - 2/13/18

We're joined by Carolyn Gorss of the Environmental Conservation dept. who studies wetland health, and Professor of Biology Dr. Elsbeth Walker who studies how plants regulate iron content, so that food crops might be engineered to provide more nutrients. We discuss salamander crossings and mutated corn, and how scientists studying chicken cancer led to important therapies for AIDS patients. Have a listen! Comedian Sean Calhoun (@archercalhoun) co-hosts.


Ep. 3 - Ben, Emily, and Carrie - 2/6/18

On the third episode of Lab Talk with Laura, I am joined by Ben Padilla ( of the Environmental Conservation Dept., and Dr. Emily Redman, assistant Professor of the History of Science at UMass Amherst, with local comedian Carrie Glauner cohosting. We discuss urban ecology, the intersection of science and religion, and the history of science and math.


Ep. 2 - Evan, Laura, and Matt - 1/30/18

Second episode of Lab Talk with Laura on WMUA Amherst, featuring guests Laura Hancock and Evan Kuras of UMass Amherst, and guest co-host local comic Matt Woodland. We discuss invasive garlic mustard, lesser longnose bats, urban biodiversity, and outdoor education. Check out the Life Science blog that both Laura and Evan contribute to here:


Ep. 1 - Nigel, Ruthie, and Taylor - 1/23/18

First episode of Lab Talk with Laura on WMUA Amherst, featuring guests Nigel Golden and Ruthie Halberstadt of the Northeast Climate Science Center, and guest co-host local comic Taylor Ortiz. We talk about arctic ground squirrels, grizzly bears, and how to pee in Antarctica.


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