Episode 5: Kent Coulter

Kent Coulter, a materials scientist from the Southwest Research Institute, joins me on Scientist Who? for a discussion on how he decided to pursue a scientific career. It has taken him to several companies and research labs, and now he manages a surface engineering lab.

This is a really interesting discussion with a researcher entering the nanotechnology field at the cusp of rapid mainstream growth. He’s worked in nearly every nanotech field to date, and often working on some of the great innovations within this industry. It’s a great, informative episode on science!

Kent’s SwRI Profile: http://www.swri.org/iprofiles/ViewiProfile.asp?k=0b7s701tg01822z

 

Episode 4: Ryan O’Hara

This week I’ve got Ryan O’Hara with me. This is one of my very first interviews, and while the content is excellent, the background noise is atrocious (thanks to my dog, Maggie). But since I apologize for that in the audio, let’s focus on Ryan: He’s a professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (the graduate school for the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio), and a successful entrepreneur in the electrical engineering space. And you can stay tuned to the end for a great analogy for electronics and physics!

Ryan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ohararp

RGB-123: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/311408456/rgb-123-led-matrices
EE Website: http://ohararp.com/ (Kapton stencils and more!)
Faculty profile at Air Force Institute of Technology: http://www.afit.edu/eny/facdir.cfm?a=fd&fx=538

It was fascinating to speak with an entrepreneur and innovator in the aeronautical space, and minus the audio issues. This was a great motivational conversation about education, engineering, hard work, and innovation.

Episode 3: John Priscu

This week’s episode of Scientist Who? is one of my favorites so far. For this one, I sat down for about an hour with Dr. John Priscu, one of the most avid researchers at Montana State University with a stunning background as an Antarctic researcher (and musician!). He is one of the most renowned researcher’s in his field, studying Antarctica, ice bacteria, and astrobiology. I learned a lot from this chat and this has been one of my favorite discussions so far.

You can reach his lab website here: http://www.montana.edu/lkbonney/

Also — don’t act like you weren’t singing My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean after he mentioned Lake Bonney, because I couldn’t shake it from my head.

Stories:
Dinosaurs and mammals might have been a thing. http://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2016/06/dinosaur-mammal-study.page
The Universe is getting fatter than expected https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160602122506.htm

 

Episode 2: Town Peterson

My guest this week is Dr. Townsend Peterson, an ornithologist and evolutionary biologist from the University of Kansas. His background is fascinating (with experience working in a lab when he was at middle-school age) and our discussion about the ramifications of climate change on ecology with a stunning discussion of how life is being affected in both temperate and extreme climate zones. The last twenty minutes of this one has been one of my favorites to record so far in this podcast!

Dr. Peterson’s Profile at the University of Kansas: https://eeb.ku.edu/townsend-peterson

Links to those news stories!
Keppler-62f   http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/planet-1-200-light-years-away-good-prospect-for-habitable-world
Dubai 3D printed building  http://inhabitat.com/dubai-debuts-worlds-first-fully-3d-printed-building/
Switzerland tunnel   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36423250

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Episode 1: Fraser Cain

It’s the first episode of Scientist Who? — and I’m ecstatic! But I’m even more excited about the amazing interview this program is leading off with.

This week, Fraser Cain (UniverseToday.com, AstronomyCast.com) is my guest with insights into his entrepreneurial past and outlooks for the future of space and astronomy. We talk manned and unmanned space, aliens, and what NASA is up to! You can find him on Twitter @fcain.

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