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Crossover w/ Perfectly Acceptable Podcast: Comics & Gene Luen Yang

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 9:53am

We hope you enjoy our first ever crossover podcast with the guys from the Perfectly Acceptable Podcast.  We met at their studio in The Comics Place to discuss the works of Gene Luen Yang.  We review the amazing Secret Coders books and current issues of New Super-man.  Jeff, Django and I had nothing but praise for the writing of Gene Luen Yang. 

 

In between our banter, we discuss clips from my interview with Yang at Emerald City Comic Con in March 2017.  We talk democracy, computer science, the MacArthur Genius Grant, basketball and how Gene is the nicest guy in the world.

 

Thank you to Jeff and Django for the awesome conversation.  Special thanks to Gene Luen Yang for being one of the best guests and creating stunning stories.

 

Image Courtesy of DC Comics

Neuroscience: Huntington’s Disease

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 2:14pm

This episode features Western Washington University professor Dr. Jeff Carroll.  In this show we talk about Huntington’s Disease (HD) and is the third in our neuroscience series (one each season).

We tackle a very serious illness with a combination of reverence and humor.  Dr. Carroll takes us through the history of disease, his personal journey with the illness and his research on HD at WWU.

For more information check out HDBuzz

 

Image Courtesy of YourGenome

March for Science Bellingham

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 10:16pm

Today’s episode features reporting on the March for Science by Spark Science correspondent Natalie Moore.  We were on location at a satellite march in Bellingham, WA.

While Dr. Barber DeGraaff was busy with march organizing, Natalie asked event speakers and participants why they were compelled to come out in full support for SCIENCE.

Listen to former astronaut Captain Wendy Lawrence speak on inconvenient truths and her hope for the future.  We include Dr. Melissa Rice, Mars Rover Scientist, mesmerize the crowd with a passionate and rallying speech on a defense of the scientific method.  Stay for the interviews of community members and physics students at the march.

Please enjoy the show.

Special Thanks to Natalie Moore for the reporting, editing and producing of this episode. 

Spacecraft Chronicles: Mars 2020

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 10:33am

Are you excited about the next mission to Mars?  Before we send humans to the Red Planet, another rover will travel to explore Mars like its robotic siblings.  We talk to scientists and engineers on the NASA team and ask “what are they are most excited when it comes to Mars 2020?”

Special thanks to Gerhard Parr, Kristin Paris, Nicole Schmitz, Jacob Adler, Sheridan Ackis, and resources from KMRE - Spark Radio & Western Washington University

Image Courtesy of NASA

Inclusive Science: Ideas & Academia - Part 2

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 3:16pm

In this episode we travel back to the SACNAS National Convention.  SACNAS stands for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and is the largest STEM society dedicated to racial and ethnic inclusion.

 

This year we speak to many scientists about new ideas in their field and our place in academia.  Enjoy these amazing stories of struggle and support.

 

Part 2 guests: Randall Acosta (JPL Engineer), Julio D’Arcy (UCLA Chemistry Prof) & Corey Welch (Director, STEM Scholars at Iowa State University)

 

Special thanks to our guests & SACNAS

Image Courtesy of SACNAS

Inclusive Science: Ideas & Academia - Part 1

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 1:40pm

In this episode we travel back to the SACNAS National Convention.  SACNAS stands for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and is the largest STEM society dedicated to racial and ethnic inclusion.

 

This year we speak to many scientists about new ideas in their field and our place in academia.  Enjoy these amazing stories of struggle and support.

 

Part 1 guests: Charee Peters (Astrophysics graduate student), Dominque Butler (model & astronomy student) & Natasha Berryman (Neuroscience graduate student & Editor-in-Chief of Vanguard STEM).

 

Special thanks to our guests & SACNAS

Image Courtesy of SACNAS

 

High School & Robotics with Team Reign

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:59pm

Being a high school student is hard enough but imagine the added scrutiny of being the only all female robotics team at competitions and press attention.  This is the reality of Team Reign from Holy Names Academy.  We sit down with these teenage engineers and talk identity, computer science & the future.

 

Image Courtesy of Holy Names Robotics Team Reign

Girl Genius: An interview with Kaja Foglio

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 12:06am

In this episode we interview the creators of the highly popular online comic Girl Genius, Kaja & Phil Foglio.  Phil had to step away soon after we started but my guest host, Puyallup librarian Bonnie Svitavsky, and I continued to talk with Kaja about mad scientists, the Tolkien-like Northwest, gender stereotypes and what makes a scientist.  We end with great advice for aspiring sci-fi writers.

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

 

Image Courtesy of Girl Genius

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/

 

 

Kinesiology & Common Injuries

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 2:11am

What is Kinesiology?  Listen to our show to to find out.  Our guests are Western Washington University (WWU) Biomechanics Professor Dr. Jun San Juan & owner of Pure Fitness Martial Arts in Bellingham, WA, Kru Brooke.

 

We discuss common injuries, how to avoid them and body alignment.  This episode was recorded in WWU Digital Media Center and video will be available soon.

 

Enjoy.

Kinesiology & Common Injuries

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 2:11am

What is Kinesiology?  Listen to our show to to find out.  Our guests are Western Washington University (WWU) Biomechanics Professor Dr. Jun San Juan & owner of Pure Fitness Martial Arts in Bellingham, WA, Kru Brooke.

 

We discuss common injuries, how to avoid them and body alignment.  This episode was recorded in WWU Digital Media Center and video will be available soon.

 

Enjoy.

Awesome Astrophysicists: Planets, Stars & Outreach

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 9:08pm

This is our third episode from Geek Girl Con.  We interview astrophysicists, Dr. Lisa Will, Dr. Karen Knierman & Dr. Meredith Rawls.  These women were on the Worlds of Star Wars panel at the convention, however we take this time to talk about much more.  We discuss outreach, their path to astrophysics and nerd culture.

Enjoy.

 

Special thanks to Geek Girl Con & Puyallup Librarian Bonnie Svitavsky

Awesome Astrophysicists: Planets, Stars & Outreach

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 9:08pm

This is our third episode from Geek Girl Con.  We interview astrophysicists, Dr. Lisa Will, Dr. Karen Knierman & Dr. Meredith Rawls.  These women were on the Worlds of Star Wars panel at the convention, however we take this time to talk about much more.  We discuss outreach, their path to astrophysics and nerd culture.

Enjoy.

 

Special thanks to Geek Girl Con & Puyallup Librarian Bonnie Svitavsky

STEM Paths: Interview w/ SAMMUS and Summer Ash

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 7:10pm

Science Communication & “Nerdcore” Rap are the topics of this epsiode recorded at Geek Girl Con 2016.  

We first speak with Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, better known as the amazing rapper SAMMUS, about her music and her experience as a PhD candidate.  We then have a great conversation with Rocket Scientist and Astonomer Summer Ash who has been on Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Nerdist with Chris Hardwick.  Summer and I talk about what inspires us and how she found her path into science outreach.

If you would like to know more about SAMMUS & Summer Ash, click on the links below

https://sammusmusic.com/

http://summerash.com/

 

 

STEM Paths: Interview w/ SAMMUS and Summer Ash

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 7:10pm

Science Communication & “Nerdcore” Rap are the topics of this epsiode recorded at Geek Girl Con 2016.  

We first speak with Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, better known as the amazing rapper SAMMUS, about her music and her experience as a PhD candidate.  We then have a great conversation with Rocket Scientist and Astonomer Summer Ash who has been on Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Nerdist with Chris Hardwick.  Summer and I talk about what inspires us and how she found her path into science outreach.

If you would like to know more about SAMMUS & Summer Ash, click on the links below

https://sammusmusic.com/

http://summerash.com/

 

 

Augmented Reality: What is it?

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 4:47pm

What is the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR)?  Who are the players in these markets?  Is Pokémon Go really AR?

 

These questions are answered by software engineer and computer scientist Kyle Rader.  We have guest co-host Russell Pearce join us in this lengthy, yet fun discussion on a new way to interact with the “real” world.

Augmented Reality: What is it?

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 4:47pm

What is the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR)?  Who are the players in these markets?  Is Pokémon Go really AR?

 

These questions are answered by software engineer and computer scientist Kyle Rader.  We have guest co-host Russell Pearce join us in this lengthy, yet fun discussion on a new way to interact with the “real” world.

Women of Pixar - Computer Science & Cartoons

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 1:59pm

Welcome to Season 3 of Spark Science!

 

Back in October 2016, we recorded serveral interviews at Seattle’s Geek Girl Con.  This amazing convention strives to support girls who love comics and STEM.  http://geekgirlcon.com/

 

Our first interview was the Women of Pixar panel Yun Lien, Angelique Reisch, and Trina Roy.  We had a joy filled discussion about what it is like to work on beloved films, how to get a job at Pixar and learning how to code.

 

Enjoy 30 minutes of geeking out and giggles.

 

Women of Pixar - Computer Science & Cartoons

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 1:59pm

Welcome to Season 3 of Spark Science!

 

Back in October 2016, we recorded serveral interviews at Seattle’s Geek Girl Con.  This amazing convention strives to support girls who love comics and STEM.  http://geekgirlcon.com/

 

Our first interview was the Women of Pixar panel Yun Lien, Angelique Reisch, and Trina Roy.  We had a joy filled discussion about what it is like to work on beloved films, how to get a job at Pixar and learning how to code.

 

Enjoy 30 minutes of geeking out and giggles.