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Science Policy with Congressman Rick Larsen

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 8:37am

For our Season Three Finale we interviewed our national representative from the 2nd Congressional District of WA State, Rick Larsen.  The guest cohost was Planetary Society’s Director of Space Policy and friend of the show, Casey Dreier.

 

We did our first cross over podcast with Planetary Radio – Space policy edition and talked about Congressman Larsen’s love of science, how science gets funded, how politicians get their scientific information and what is the role of scientists and science enthusiasts in politics.

 

We hope you enjoyed season three and come back for season four in 2018.

Science Policy with Congressman Rick Larsen

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 8:37am

For our Season Three Finale we interviewed our national representative from the 2nd Congressional District of WA State, Rick Larsen.  The guest cohost was Planetary Society’s Director of Space Policy and friend of the show, Casey Dreier.

 

We did our first cross over podcast with Planetary Radio – Space policy edition and talked about Congressman Larsen’s love of science, how science gets funded, how politicians get their scientific information and what is the role of scientists and science enthusiasts in politics.

 

We hope you enjoyed season three and come back for season four in 2018.

Spacecraft Chronicles: Photography on Mars

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 9:41am

There are thousands of beautiful images of and from the surface of Mars.  In this episode we talk about how and why these images are taken by rover photographers.  From the taking images in black & white images verses color to church glass, how we study Mars through photography is fascinating.

 

Special thanks to Emily Lakdawalla, Melissa Rice, Nicole Schmitz and resources from KMRE – Spark Radio & Western Washington University

 

Image Courtesy of NASA

Spacecraft Chronicles: Photography on Mars

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 9:41am

There are thousands of beautiful images of and from the surface of Mars.  In this episode we talk about how and why these images are taken by rover photographers.  From the taking images in black & white images verses color to church glass, how we study Mars through photography is fascinating.

 

Special thanks to Emily Lakdawalla, Melissa Rice, Nicole Schmitz and resources from KMRE – Spark Radio & Western Washington University

 

Image Courtesy of NASA

Science of Soccer / Physics of Futbol

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 9:59am

Do you love Soccer?  Is Futbol part of your life?  If so, we have an episode for you.  

Student intern Taylor Raybould requested a show on the physics of the almost universally beloved sport.  Our guest today is Dr. Andreas Riemann, the chair of the WWU physics department.  Dr. Riemann teaches physics of sports course and has a great time talking to Taylor about the world of soccer/futbol.

 

Note: This episode has a bit of an audio issue.  We hope it isn't too distracting

 

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2017 Solar Eclipse PSA

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:21pm

Enjoy this short PSA about the Solar Eclipse coming August 21, 2017 produced for Spark Radio, KMRE in Bellingham, WA.

 

For more information go to 

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

 

Thank you to Spark Radio and WWU's own Robert Clark for production and editing

 

Image Courtesy of NASA

Science, Pseudoscience & Society

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 9:54am

In this episode we have a round table discussion about what disaster and horror movies say about our society with WWU medical anthropology professor Dr. Sean Bruna and a couple of anthropology students.  

  The first student works under Dr. Bruna's and also happens to be the Spark Science video editor, Kyle Mullins.  The second student continues the Spark Science tradition of family member co-hosts, Dr. Barber DeGraaff's father Ramon Barber Jr.  Ramon is finishing a degree in Anthropology at SDSU.   Enjoy this short pop culture filled episode.

 

Image Courtesy of Universal Studios

Ski 2 Sea Algae

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 12:23pm

In this episode we explore the work of Western Washington University biologist Dr. Robin Kodner.  She studies algae populations from the peaks of mountains to beautiful bays.

 

Dr. Kodner's work combines the disciplines of computing (Bioinformatics) and astronomy (Astrobiology).  She also has a great idea about how algae can be the plot of a disaster movie.

 

This episode was edited by Victoria Highley.  Check out her other work at Spoons for STEM

 

Image Courtesy of Dr. Robin Kodner

Science Communication Compilation #2

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 9:22am

Today’s episode is a collection of student podcasts from a Science Communication course at Western Washington University.  This is the second in a two-part series.  Course professors were Mars Planetary Geophysicist Dr. Melissa Rice & Spark Science host, Astrophysicist Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff.

 

The show features students Andrew Hood, Jonathan Cornet, Huy Nguyen and AJ Calder.  Subjects range from science education, an exposé on a local Bellingham business owner/scientist, and one student’s journey to become a thin films researcher.

 

Image/Logo courtesy of Wendy Aguilar

Science Communication Compilation #1

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 9:44pm

Today’s episode is a collection of student podcasts from a Science Communication course at Western Washington University.  This is the first in a two-part series.  Course professors were Mars Planetary Geophysicist Dr. Melissa Rice & Spark Science host, Astrophysicist Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff.

 

The show features students Derek Thedell, Zac Laycock, Andra Nordin, and Megan McAndie.  Topics range from science education to research on binary stars to the societal impacts of stepping foot on Mars.

 

Image/Logo courtesy of Wendy Aguilar

Spacecraft Chronicles: Dust Devils

Sun, 07/09/2017 - 9:22am

Have you seen a dust devil before?  Have you wondered if they exist on Mars?  Listen to our mini podcast about how dust devils were seen on Mars and how they helped our rovers.

To learn more about the events discussed, click here.

Special thanks to Kjartan Kinch, Nicole Schmitz and resources from KMRE – Spark Radio & Western Washington University

Image Courtesy of NASA

Trappist-1 & Exoplanets

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 5:42am

Dr. Melissa Rice, Mars Rover specialist and friend of the show, is back!  Dr. Rice and Dr. Jim Davenport talk with us about planets, the habitable zone and what is so important about the Trappist-1 system.  

Please enjoy this show where we speculate about planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) and compare them to the amazing moons that orbit Saturn and Jupiter.

Image Courtesy of NASA

Quantum Computers

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 9:39am

Our 50th episode (including Spacecraft Chronicles) is about Quantum Computers.  Our guest is Dr. Nima Dinyari from University of Oregon. 

Dr. Dinyari, Jordan and Regina have a great time talking Q-bits, Schrodinger’s cat and Quantum leaps.  We try our best to explain this complex subject and break it down for non-physicists.

 

Special thanks to Kurzgesagt for the image and awesome video.

Magical Girls & Marissa Meyer

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 3:37am

In this episode we interview the panelists from PuliCon 2017, a one day comic convention in Puyallup WA.  First we talk to Majokko Misu and Merri Christianson (Fake Geek Girls) about the geek subgenre, Magical Girls.  

 

We then interview the keynote panelist Marissa Meyer, best-selling author of The Lunar Chronicles.  The conversation covers fairy tales, feminism and sci-fi.

 

Enjoy these fun conversations about the various ways to be a geek girl.

 

Special thanks to co-host Bonnie Svitavsky, Leila Jacobs and our guests.