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Science is awesome. It’s fascinating, it sparks curiosity, and it’s the reason most of us are alive today. Sometimes, it sucks... from applying for funding, to spending hours in the lab, to lack of representation in many science fields. The show is hosted by Ive Velikova, a Master's candidate in science communication at Laurentian University. Each week, we talk about the ins and outs of scientific research and how it impacts our lives. Welcome to Science Sucks! Support this podcast: https:// ...
 
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Let's get our art on with science artist and PhD researcher Amanda Durkin (she/her) is a PhD candidate at Laurentian University studying a new anti-inflammatory compound. She also creates beautiful anatomical art in her Etsy shop, Amandatomical Art! -- Why we do a land acknowledgement: — Land acknowledgments at Canadian universities and colleges — …
 
Adam Fortais (he/him) is a PhD candidate studying the physics of soft matter at McMaster University. Adam co-hosts the AlmaMac, a weekly radio show. Each week, hosts Adam, Shawn, and Matt talk to a researcher about their work — what inspires, excites, and makes them curious. If you’re curious about physics, biology, and everything in between, strap…
 
Dr. Lisa Buckley (she/her) is part paleontologist, part glamourous bird. Lisa is a vertebrate Palaeontologist and Ichnologist who worked as a Curator & Collections Manager, so she has the tea on what it’s like to work at a museum. Now, Lisa is an independent paleontologist, taking on various jobs and science communication initiatives. This includes…
 
Dr. Michèle Minor-Corriveau (she/her) is a speech-language pathologist and professor, specializing in written language. Michèle busts some myths about language! We talk code-switching, children ruining the language, and how to make classrooms more accessible to ALL kids, regardless of ability. -- Check out the detailed Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolki…
 
Juita Martinez is a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She uses camera traps to study brown pelicans in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico! Juita was nervous to get on the mic, but she’s a natural! Her energy and contagious laugh made this episode an absolute blast. We talk fieldwork mishaps, camera traps, and how you can star…
 
Dr. Parshati Patel (she/her) is an astrophysicist and science communicator at the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University. She shares how she got where she is today, tackles misconceptions about being an astronomer, and explores why we are so breathtaken by the night sky. Check out Parshati on Twitter and Instagram! ___ Supp…
 
Dr. Gaius J. Augustus (he/him and they/them) is a science illustrator and visual storyteller. They create infographics, illustrations, animations, and tell science stories through art. They also teach and consults to help others create #SciArt masterpieces. Gaius demystifies the technical aspect of science illustration, so if you're interested in c…
 
Kelsey Doeskrson (she/her) is a NASA engineer and creator of The Poor Grad Student blog. She did her Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University, and just wrapped up her Masters of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. We get REAL about money in grad school — conferences, reimbursements, scholarship…
 
Kyelle Byne (she/her) is wrapping up her degree in Laurentian University's Science Communication program—the only one of its kind in Canada! She did her Master's research on science podcasts. Why do we love them? What keeps us coming back for more? Are they useful tools in communicating science? Check out Our Science, a podcast hosted by the 2019 S…
 
Ive tackles the upcoming federal election — with a science twist! You'll hear from Sivani Baskaran and Molly Sung, co-founders of the Toronto Science Policy Network, Irene Calloyanis from Science and Policy Exchange, and Kimberly Girling and Emma Bugg of Evidence for Democracy to help us unpack this upcoming election and what it means for science. …
 
Jalina Bielaska Da Silva (she/her) is a researcher turned teacher. She's a science communication wiz, a critic of burnout culture in academia, and a tutor at The Math Guru. In this episode, Jalina shares tips for self-care, science communication, and good teaching practices. Follow Jalina on Twitter! Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to ge…
 
One of this year's AAAS Mass Media Fellows, Dr. Kimberly McCoy (who goes by Berly) spent the summer writing at PBS News Hour. We chat about how her love for snowboarding let her to a PhD, how she got her writing gig at It’s Ok to be Smart, and how you can join the NPR SciCommers community! Don't forget to check out Berly's clips for PBS News Hour a…
 
This week, we step into the Royal Ontario Museum (aka the ROM) to talk to Talia Lowi-Merri (she/her), a Ph.D. student whose office is right in the museum! And if you stay ‘till the end, you’ll get an exclusive, never-before-seen-by the-general public tour of the bird archives. We go behind the scenes for this one. It’s like the movie “Night at the …
 
ComSciConCAN is Canada’s FIRST national science communication workshop for graduate students. This 3-day professional development conference helps graduate students expand their communication skillset—creating videos, writing policy, crafting stories, and more! Ive was lucky enough to attend and bring some wisdom from the conference back to the pod…
 
This episode is an ode to LGBT STEM Day! The second-annual #LGBTSTEMDay was on Friday, July 5, 2019. It’s a day full of events, campaigns, and storytelling to celebrate LGBTQ+ folks in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It also acknowledges the unique challenges faced by trans and queer scientists in these fields. To celebrate queer…
 
Lina Duque, MBA (she/her) is a social media strategist who advises academics, executives, and CEO's on social media and personal branding. She’s been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes magazine, and the Globe and Mail. Lina has given talks and lectures at Harvard Law School, McGill University, University of Toronto, and York University…
 
Natalie Westwood (she/her) is an ecologist working on her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. We chat about her field research adventures in Costa Rica, coming out as queer as a scientist, and why ecology more than just the food chain you learned about in elementary school. Check out Natalie on her Twitter and Instagra…
 
Meet our first guest of Pride Month, Eva! Eva Bloom (she/her) is a sex researcher wrapping up her Master’s on sexting behaviour in Canadian women! She is also a sex-ed YouTuber with over 7000 subscribers! On her channel, she talks about pleasure, masturbation, social justice, bisexuality, and sexual health in all its forms. This year, Eva hosted at…
 
Krishana Sankar (she/her) is a doctoral fellow studying diabetes at the University of Toronto. She is a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” having kickstarted the #150minutes campaign for diabetes awareness, her organization WOCSCAN, and the Inferior In Canada Campaign. We chat about her research, advocacy, and the perks of chasing hobbies along…
 
Dr. Vanessa Sung (she/her) is a fresh new doctor who recently defended her Ph.D. in biochemistry at McGill University, with a focus on breast cancer research. Having wrapped up her Ph.D., Vanessa now works as a science policy analyst for the Chief Science Advisor in Canada, Dr. Mona Nemer. We talk about her cool job, how to have your voice heard, a…
 
Ashley Stenzel (she/her) is a PhD candidate in cancer epidemiology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. We chat about her experience as a teen mom, turning her back on science only to come back, and her passion for science outreach and education. Plus, we debunk some myths and conspiracy theories about cancer, coming from a cancer resea…
 
Welcome to our Earth Day Special Extravaganza! This week, I welcome 4 special guests to share their love for the outdoors. We also share tips and resources on what we can do to reduce our impact on climate change, both at the individual and systemic level. Enjoy! Folks to follow: Anita Luu Ellen Gute and the Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) Dr…
 
Keeley Aird (she/her) is a grade 12 student and recent graduate of the Ontario Science Centre Science School. She is the co-founder of STEM Kids Rock, an mobile science centre run for kids, by kids. We chat about curiosity, bug collections, and how important it is for kids to ask weird questions! Enjoy! Check out STEM Kids Rock! Twitter Instagram G…
 
Dr. Sara Mazrouei (she/her) is a planetary scientist and science communicator. She has a PhD in planetary science with a focus on moon collisions. Sara has given a phenomenal TEDx Talk about the barriers she faced when studying space. She has been on radio and TV networks talking science news, and currently works in on the Space Matters outreach pr…
 
Sophie Okolo (she/her) is a public health researcher and science writer. She writes about the latest health tech, dementia, ageism. She helps run The STEM Squad, an inclusive online community for women and non-binary folks in STEM. In this episode, we give you a detailed guide on how to start your gig as a science writer! If you're even a little bi…
 
This episode is all about the great outdoors. Ashley Gary (she/her) is a wildlife educator and outdoor advocate. She runs The Wildlife Newsletter and hopes to one day have her own wildlife show. She talked about how to get outdoors (even if you live in a city) and offered powerful advice on how to start chasing your dreams today! Ashley's tips to g…
 
Charly Evon Simpson (she/her) is a playwright, teacher, performer in New York City. Her play, Behind the Sheet, recently had its world premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her play shared the dark history of gynaecology, in which a white doctor experimented on black enslaved women. It tells the story of a great medical breakthrough through the eyes…
 
Reeda Mahmood (she/her) a Master's student at Ryerson University and co-founder of IdeaMosaic, a company that aims to bridge the gap between scientists and the public. She shares her journey from vowing to never take chemistry again to studying doing a Master's degree in that very field. Here's what to do when school makes you hate a subject you ev…
 
Bianca Nogrady (she/her) is an Australian freelance science journalist. We chatted about life as a freelancer, why science writing is so important, how she got into it, and what advice she has for young women in STEM. If you need some inspiration, this is the perfect episode for you. Where you can find Bianca! Twitter Website Bianca's Books! The En…
 
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, I present my interview with Shweta! Shweta Mahajan (she/her) is a microbiologist, podcaster, and science communicator. She hosts the podcast Science with Shweta where she interviews scientists, chats about the daily research grind, and gives advice for science students. We discuss the barriers tha…
 
Shawn Hercules (he/him) is PhD candidate at McMaster University studying breast cancer. Specifically, he studies triple-negative breast cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer that is more common in black women than in other populations and is linked to higher mortality rates. This episode features a lot of learning and laughs. Enjoy! Shawn featur…
 
Ana Sofia Barrows (she/her) works in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Ana Sofia has coordinated events, given talks, and written articles focused on advancing EDI in science. Her energy is contagious—I left our interview feeling more energized than ever! If you are working towards making s…
 
Robert N. Ulrich (he/him) is PhD candidate at UCLA. He explores how marine organisms make their shells. Spoiler alert: We don't know exactly how they do it!! We chat about why nature is so much cooler if you know more about it, how we were lied to in high school chemistry, and more! Where you can find Rob: Twitter Insta Check out Queers in STEM! Ne…
 
Welcome to the first-ever episode of Science Sucks! On this show, we debunk the myth the science sucks, one awesome chat at a time. This week, we talked to Maya DeGrood about... enzymes! Enzymes are nature's catalysts. The speed up reactions so that literally... every function in our body can happen. Maya has a background in protein biochemistry an…
 
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