A production of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, the Sci on the Fly podcast helps explain and illuminate the best stories shaping the world of science policy.
Science Helps Us… Bring Nations Together
In the third episode in our “Science Helps Us…” series, we explore how hydrologic science can help bring people to the negotiation table. Water is a resource that defies political boundaries – managing it effectively can serve as a catalyst to international diplomacy. Our three guests highlight the important role that science plays in the shifting landscape of water diplomacy. We discuss science translation,
17/08/2023 • 39 minutes 32 seconds
Science Helps Us… Imagine the Future
In the second episode in our “Science Helps Us…” series, we explore the ways that science shapes the ways we tell stories – and how it helps make those stories a reality. Our guests, Brian Johnson and Rebekah Brubaker, put the “science” back into science fiction by convening the gold-star standard of science paneling at one of the largest comic cons in the country: Phoenix Fan Fusion. We discuss the benefits of the comic con format as a vehicle for science engagement, tips for bud
26/07/2023 • 27 minutes 43 seconds
Anthony Fauci: “Science helps us” Prepare for Pandemics
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Joe Biden’s former Chief Medical Advisor sat down with host and AAAS STPF fellow Dr. Adejare (Jay) Atanda to discuss pandemic preparedness and response. Dr. Fauci also discusses the duality of his former role as a public facing physician-scientist, lessons from his service responding to COVID-19, and how scientists can leverage the power of the media for good. In the process, we learn about the risks from new and emerging technology… and how we can be better prepared for the next pandemic. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
30/05/2023 • 33 minutes 29 seconds
Careers in STEM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
STEM careers have historically been performed by and for populations that do not represent the complete spectrum of unique lived experiences. In recent years however, the STEM community has been experiencing a sort of renaissance for diversity, equity, and inclusion -- or DEI. Efforts to address inequities in who participates in STEM and in who benefits from its advancements are becoming common talking points, but the breadth of resources, new initiatives, and think pieces can make knowing how to participate in these efforts as a scientist daunting or confusing. To weigh in on the challenges, successes, and future of DEI in STEM, we invited a panel of trained scientists who have integrated DEI into their scientific careers in different ways: STPF fellow Trenell Mosley, Juliet Johnston, and Bailey Duhé. This podcast does not necessarily reflect t
19/04/2023 • 42 minutes 14 seconds
Climb Every Mountain
When most of us think of “scientists,” we envision someone in a lab coat huddled behind a lab bench. AAAS STPF fellow Alexandra “Ali” Giese defies this stereotype – her work with glacier
22/03/2023 • 21 minutes 24 seconds
The most important question
As the world changes, scientists and policymakers must grapple with increasingly complex, global, and interdisciplinary challenges. AAAS STPF fellow Alex Loewi sat down with host and fellow fellow Reshmina William to discuss the importance of asking the right questions to tackle these challenges, the role of government in social well-being, and how the National Science Foundation is working on 21st century problems and innovations. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
03/02/2023 • 23 minutes 43 seconds
Hand in Hand: Science and Environmental Justice
As science and technology progress, so do the impacts of those advances and pollution on communities. Veronica Eady, Senior Deputy Executive Officer of Policy and Equity at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and a lifetime advocate for environmental justice aptly states, “science and justice go hand in hand.” Join Eady and host Reshmina Williams as they discuss the important role of science in advocacy, the value of tenacity, and the role of J40 in putting power back in the hands of communities. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
03/01/2023 • 42 minutes 27 seconds
Dr. Marisa Franco discusses her best -selling book: Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make and Keep Friends
According to a survey of 2000 adults, the average American hasn’t made a new friend in the last five years, and yet, 45% of people would go out of their way to make a new friend if they knew how. Former fellow and friendship expert Dr. Marisa Franco joins Dr. Stephanie Gage for a candid conversation about her NYT best-selling book “Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make and
07/12/2022 • 40 minutes 50 seconds
Putting the “A” in “STEAM”
What role can the arts play in shaping scientific expression? How can scientists and artists better work together to share their insights with the general public? We sit down with Smitha Vishveshwara, a theoretical physicist, and Benny Starr, a hip-hop artist and activist, to discuss these thorny questions. In the process, we explore their creative journeys and the need for an artistic (and scientific!) process that incorporates authenticity, courage, and collaborative curiosity. “The Joy of Regathering” premiered on September 17, 2022 at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This original work explores who we are at all scales - from the microscopic to the cosmic – through the lens of science, music, and movement. Starr served as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the U.S. Water Alliance. His work “<a href= "https://www.bennystarrsc.com/product-page/a-water-album-on-12-d
04/11/2022 • 31 minutes 22 seconds
A Year in Review
On a very special episode of Sci on the Fly, host and current STPF fellow Reshmina William sits down with four members of the STPF Class of 2021 as they reflect on the last year. Join Carly Champagne, Julie Snow, Bill O'Brien, and Leslie Brooks as they discuss their accomplishments and their advice for the incoming Class of 2022. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
27/09/2022 • 35 minutes 10 seconds
An Ocean of Sound
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Heather Spence, a marine biologist and sound artist. She’s currently a marine and science advisor in the Department of Energy, where she is exploring the potential for marine renewable energy to power ocean observation systems. For her graduate research, she conducted a groundbreaking sound monitoring program on the MesoAmerican Reef. Heather also combined her acoustic recordings from the reef with music – she also performs internationally as a cellist and viola da gambist. Heather also shares the activities of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Sound and Marine Life and the United Nations Ocean Decade’s Maritime Acoustic Environment program. In combining science and art, Heather hopes to inspire the wider public about ocean biology and conservation. <span style="font-
22/08/2022 • 33 minutes 9 seconds
Marine conservation, science dance, and the importance of role models in STEM – with guest Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins
On this episode, marine conservation scientist Dr. Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins chats to Dr. Chris Parsons about <span i
29/06/2022 • 22 minutes 24 seconds
Black Holes In Fact and Fiction – With Guest Dr. Joe Pesce
On this episode Dr. Joe Pesce, Program Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Science Foundation, chats with Dr. Chris Parsons about black holes. Dr. Pesce is an astrophysicist with 30 years of experience and an expert on super massive black holes. He talks about the formation of black ho
28/04/2022 • 32 minutes 21 seconds
From the Distant Ocean Past to the Next Generation of Ocean Scientists
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Terry Quinn, the Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Quinn talks about his research on corals and reconstructing the historic climate record; the role of NSF in promoting ocean science and <span id="page40R_mcid16" class=
11/04/2022 • 30 minutes 20 seconds
Science Communication and One Health
The guest for this episode of Sci on the Fly is Dr. Deborah Thomson. Dr. Thomson is a veterinarian and “One Health” advocate who has served as a Science Policy Adviso
07/01/2022 • 22 minutes 3 seconds
Whale Conservation and the International Whaling Commission
Secretary of the International Whaling Commission, Dr. Rebecca Lent spoke with Sci on the Fly about the history and evolution of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) – one of the oldest international marine conservation treaty organizations and one of the first to be advised by <span dir="ltr" ro
09/12/2021 • 35 minutes 42 seconds
Beyond Carbon Neutral: Samuel Goodman, Part 2
Dr. Samuel M. Goodman is the author of Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now, a book about how to reverse climate change. He is a chemical engineer by training who earned a doctorate from the University of Colorado Boulder after undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Following graduate school, Dr. Goodman completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences and was an AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the US Department of Defense. He is currently an international trade analyst with the US International Trade Commission. Dr. Goodman
21/10/2021 • 27 minutes 31 seconds
Beyond carbon neutral: Samuel Goodman, Part 1
Dr. Samuel M. Goodman is the author of Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now, a book about how to reverse climate change. He is a chemical engineer by training who earned a doctorate from the Universi
21/10/2021 • 31 minutes 2 seconds
PODCAST | Genes, germs and science communication – with guest Dr Bill Sullivan
The guest in this episode is Dr Bill Sullivan, the author of "Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are" (2019, National Geographic Books). Sullivan is a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and microbiology. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of TV and radio shows, and has written for The Washington Post, National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, and many more, in addition to over 100 papers in scientific journals. Dr Sullivan talks about his work from parasites to genetics, his new book, and about the importance of science communication.
18/08/2021 • 22 minutes 40 seconds
PODCAST | Affordable clean energy – with guest former Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons
In this episode, Mr. Daniel Simmons, Principal of Simmons Energy & Environmental Strategy and former Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from 2019 to 2021, speaks to his experience as a political appointee within the DOE; advocating for affordable reliable clean energy; balancing leadership and family; and the importance AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellows supporting critical DOE missions. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
04/08/2021 • 31 minutes 25 seconds
Bringing Home Americans Stranded Abroad due to COVID-19
Dr. Ambika Bumb is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow working in the Crisis Management and Strategy Office at the U.S. Department of State. Within this office, she was part of several tasks forces that played major roles during the coronavirus pandemic, including the Repatriation Task Force that brought home American citizens stranded abroad during the early months of the pandemic. This repatriation effort was unprecedented in many ways but was executed quickly and efficiently. For their work, the US Senate passed a bipartisan resolution commending the Crisis Management and Strategy Office and the Department of State presented with the Distinguished Honor Award. In this episode Dr. Bumb talks about the challenges that she and her colleagues faced while bringing Americans home, and about how diverse parts of her academic and professional life seemed to converge in her work at the Department of State.
20/07/2021 • 36 minutes 50 seconds
A New Way to Fund Science with Meaningful Impacts: Ibrahim Mohedas
Ibrahim Mohedas earned his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. His doctoral research, supported through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, focused on the use of ethnographic techniques during the design of medical devices for low- and middle-income countries, collecting data in healthcare settings in Ethiopia, Ghana and Rwanda. Dr. Ibrahim is currently a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the Office of the Convergence Accelerator at the National Science Foundation. The Convergence Accelerator program funds innovative new research that brings together scientists with diverse stakeholder groups to produce projects with societal impact. Ibrahim talks about his career journey and this innovative new way of funding scientific projects that have major real-world impacts.
09/06/2021 • 27 minutes 56 seconds
PODCAST | Unhealthy waters–with guest Dr. Maryann Cairns
In this week’s episode our guest is Dr. Maryann Cairns, who talks about her career path and her studies on pathogens in water. Dr Cairns is an environmental anthropologist who uses using creative research designs and cultural understanding to safeguard the environment and human health. Her work has examined the politics of water and sanitation systems, the impacts of tourism on coastal water quality and human health, and the low-cost technologies to treat wastewater-polluted rivers. She’s done research in several parts of the world including Latin America & the Caribbean, the Western Balkans, and the United States. In this podcast she talks about her work, in particular a recent $1.5 million dollar collaborative National Science Foundation-supported research program (the MERA investigation) which studied human exposure to pathogens in coastal areas in Costa Rica.
26/05/2021 • 37 minutes 26 seconds
PODCAST | From Tropical Jungles to the Arctic – with guest Dr. Roberto Delgado
Dr Roberto Delgado has a doctorate in Biological Anthropology from Duke University, where he did research on the social behavior and calls of male orangutans. So how did he end up becoming the Program Director for the Arctic Observing Network (AON) in the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs – as far removed from the jungle of Borneo as one could imagine? Roberto tells about the journey his career took from great apes to AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, to the National Institutes of Health - where he focused on resilience and well-being among Arctic, American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Finally, his career took him to National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs where in addition to the AON program he co-leads the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's (IARPC) Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team and is helping to manage NSF's “Navigating the New Arctic” Big Idea. In this episode Dr Delgado tells us about his journey
28/04/2021 • 34 minutes 50 seconds
Protecting Antarctica - Pt 2
In this two-part episode, Dr. nature McGinn talks about how the AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellowship helped to give her skills and open doors for a permanent job in federal government and the work she does in her current position to help safeguard the environment and species in the world's last true wilderness area - Antarctica. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
07/04/2021 • 23 minutes 29 seconds
Protecting Antarctica - Part 1
Dr. Nature McGinn is currently the Environmental Policy Program Manager and Antarctic Conservation Act Permit Officer in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. Nature has been at NSF for over eight years, with her first two years as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) in the Office of Polar Programs, before entering a permanent position in the agency as an Environmental Policy Specialist in 2015. Nature earned her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology from the University of California, Davis. The focus of her research was the impacts of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on reproduction and development in marine invertebrates. She followed her Ph.D. with a postdoc focusing on the reproductive biology of the endangered white abalone. </d
23/03/2021 • 22 minutes 17 seconds
Watch Your Posture: Another Problem of Extended Computer and Devise Use by Kids
With so many children currently attending school virtually on laptops, tablets and other smart devices, there is concern about how the extended use of these devices affects them. While much attention has been given to the cognitive effects of extended device usage, Dr. Regina Pope-Ford has instead investigated the physical effects. In this episode, Dr. Pope-Ford, an expert in human factors and ergonomics, discusses her study of children’s comfort while using smart devices. She also discussed signs of bad posture that could lead to enduring pain, ways to correct the posture, and some things that parents and educators can keep in mind as schools continue to educate virtually. You can read her paper here. Host: Philip Ko, Ph.D., 2019-2021 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation (Twitter: @PhilKo19) Guest: Regina Pope-Ford, Ph.D., 2019-2021 Executive Branch Fell
16/03/2021 • 26 minutes 36 seconds
Learning to See Science in the World: A Conversation with Dr. Melanie Peffer, author of “Biology Everywhere”.
Dr. Melanie Peffer is the author of “Biology Everywhere: How the Science of Life Matters to Everyday Life”, a book that reveals how biological concepts taught in the classroom are connected to the world around us. In this episode, we discuss key concepts from the book including changes to the way science is taught, how creative processes are used in scientific work, and understanding how scientific knowledge is acquired. We also talk about engaging with non-scientific audiences even when they adopt anti-scientific points of view, and how COVID-19 has revealed the way that scientific work and knowledge evolves to the public. Learn more about her book, educational engagement, and research at: https://www.biologyeverywhere.com.
16/11/2020 • 27 minutes 9 seconds
How AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows Adapt Their Work in the Era of COVID-19
STPF Fellows are great at adapting their careers to suit their personal interests and whatever life has in store, such as a global pandemic. In this episode, Dr. Vince Tedjasaputra talks about how his involvement in track and field led to his earning a PhD in Physical Education and Recreation (an official “Doctor of Gym”), and how working with patients with mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) led to his becoming a AAAS STPF Fellow. As a self-proclaimed extrovert, Dr. Tedjasaputra talks about his external-facing communications work in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation, as well as how he has adapted since working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
07/10/2020 • 23 minutes 42 seconds
“How a Scientist Serves as an Elected Official During COVID-19”
Julie Palakovich Carr is a scientist who now serves as a state legislator in the Maryland House of Delegates. We spoke to her this past June, and she discussed her transition from academic research to policymaking, her work related to COVID-19, and how the global pandemic changed her work. She also provided some advice for any scientist considering running for office or looking for other ways of getting involved in policy and government. PARTICIPANTS Host: Brynn Hollingsworth, PhD, 2019-2020 Executive Branch STPF Fellow, National Institutes of Health (Instagram: @flyingsciencefish) Guest: Julie Palakovich Carr (Twitter: @palakovichcarr) PRODUCERS Producer: Brynn Hollingsworth, PhD Executive Producer: Phil Ko, PhD, 2019-2020 Executive Branch STPF Fellow, National Science Foundation Image: Marylan
02/09/2020 • 17 minutes 24 seconds
Part 2: AAAS S&T Policy Fellows in the Era of COVID-19
The Science & Technology Policy Fellowships at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provide broad opportunities for scientists to engage in government policy, but COVID-19 has changed the way fellows work. The article “Serving as an STPF Fellow in the Era of COVID-19”, co-authored by several current fellows, examines some of the ways that fellows have adapted – such as leveraging technology to create and strengthen relationships. It also suggests positive ways that communication, informational meetings, and professional development can change with teleworking. In part two of this two-episode podcast, we speak with one of the authors of the article, STPF fellow Dr. Michael Nestor, who expands on some of the issues raised in the article.
26/08/2020 • 28 minutes 42 seconds
Part 1: AAAS S&T Policy Fellows in the Era of COVID-19
The Science & Technology Policy Fellowships at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provide broad opportunities for scientists to engage in government policy, but COVID-19 has changed the way fellows work. The article “Serving as an STPF Fellow in the Era of COVID-19”, co-authored by several current fellows, examines some of the ways that fellows have adapted – such as leveraging technology to create and strengthen relationships. It also suggests positive ways that communication, informational meetings, and professional development can change with teleworking. In this two-episode podcast, we speak with one of the authors of the article, STPF fellow Dr. Michael Nestor, who expands on some of the issues raised in the article.
25/08/2020 • 20 minutes 11 seconds
“Making the Connection Between COVID-19 and One Health"
Understanding the science of viral transmission and pandemics is now critical, especially for younger generations. <span class= "Nor
15/05/2020 • 28 minutes 36 seconds
Understanding SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
Hundreds of thousands of people across the world have developed coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, a respiratory syndrome caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. In this episode, STPF fellow Dr. Vince Tedjasaputra provides some important facts about the virus and the disease. Much of the information comes from a document called “How to fight the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its disease COVID-19” by Dr. Michael Z. Lin, a biochemist at Stanford School of Medicine’s Department of Neurobiology. Dr. Lin’s document lists basic facts about the coronavirus, its rate of infection, who is most at risk, and what we can do now to slow the spread of the virus. Dr. Tedjasaputra also provides personal tips on how to manage stress during this time. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this
31/03/2020 • 8 minutes 50 seconds
Sci on the Fly
In this episode of the Sci on the Fly podcast, Terrence Mosley, an engineer and AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy, speaks to Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect within the Building Technologies Office at DOE. Mr. Rashkin has been a long-time advocate for energy efficiency, sustainability, and resilience within the housing industry. He created the Zero Energy Ready Home program, received the prestigious Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership, and is the author of “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It.” In this interview, Mr. Rashkin discusses the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes program, his strategies for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience, and the need for ultimately disrupting the housing industry. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has
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Funding the “Raindrops:" DoD and the US Research Ecosystem
The Department of Defense (DoD) shares a symbiotic relationship with the U.S. research ecosystem -- one that has generated tremendous breakthroughs for national security and economic prosperity. However, many people assume defense research is all tanks, ships and planes. In this episode, David Stout, a 2017-18 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, catches up with speakers at the 2018 DoD Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange (STIX) to learn more about the surprising breadth and depth of the work supported by the Defense enterprise. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.
19/04/2019 • 52 minutes 51 seconds
Neuroethical Perspectives on Cognitive Enhancement
Advances in drug development and neurotechnology over the last century have noticeably increased our ability to target cognitive-behavioral networks and help those with physical disabilities. These and future advances could potentially provide a pathway by which to use drugs and/or devices to consistently enhance human cognition and behavior, rather than just treat or manage the symptoms of medical conditions. Currently, several prescription medications are being taken by the general public solely for their cognitive enhancing effects, and do-it-yourselfers are making neurostimulation devices at home in attempts to modulate the functioning of their own brains. In this Sci on the Fly episode we discuss cognitive enhancement from a neuroethics perspective with Dr. Veljko Dubljevic, from NC State University. Dr. Dubljevic provides some valuable insight regarding the pros and cons of cognitive enhancement and the role of neuroethicists in informing the public debate on this issue.
05/10/2018 • 25 minutes 56 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: Linguistic Patterns in Human Development
Bradley Cooke, a neuroscientist and current AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, speaks with Benjamin Munson, professor of speech and hearing science at the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts. They discuss language acquisition and speech patterns in children, and how that may differ based on gender identity, group identity and social cognition. They also discuss variations across children with respect to how their speech adheres to norms for their biological sex. For example, is the extent to which a boy’s speech sounds boy-like related to measures of their gender identity? This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association. Read more at http://aaasstpf.libs
15/08/2018 • 20 minutes 53 seconds
Harnessing the Data Revolution for Food, Energy and Water Systems
Ryan Locicero, environmental engineer and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, speaks with Ranveer Chandra at the Microsoft Research Lab. As a principal researcher, Chandra leads an Incubation on IoT Applications. His research has shipped as part of multiple Microsoft products, including VirtualWiFi in Windows 7 onwards, low power Wi-Fi in Windows 8, Energy Profiler in Visual Studio, Software Defined Batteries in Windows 10, and the Wireless Controller Protocol in XBOX One. He has published more than 80 papers, and has been granted more than 85 patents by the USPTO. His research has been cited by the media including The Economist, MIT Technology Review, BBC, Scientific American, New York Times, and the WSJ. He also leads the
15/08/2018 • 14 minutes 27 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: Empowering Communities through Science
In this episode Dr. Holly Summers, a plant biologist and current AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the US Department of Agriculture speaks further with Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer. Dr. Feliú-Mójer is a neurobiologist by training and Director of Communications and Science Outreach at Ciencia Puerto Rico, and associate director for diversity and communication training at iBiology. Here she will discuss key events in her life that drove her to pursue a career in science and to further seek out an opportunity with Ciencia Puerto Rico. Dr. Feliú-Mójer will also discuss how empowering people through the scientific method and the use of critical thinking skills can help to create agents of change, which can dramatically impact how communities effectively deal with local problems. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AA
16/07/2018 • 25 minutes 25 seconds
A Sustainable Energy Future
Dr. Zack Valdez, a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with a background in engineering and geoscience, interviews Ortwinn Renn. Professor Renn is scientific director at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany), and serves as the spokesperson for the Kopernikus Project for the Energy Transition Navigation System, also known as ENavi. He discusses how Germany is attempting to reduce dependence on traditional fossil fuels by developing a sustainable and renewable energy infrastructure to account for 80% of Germany’s energy needs. Within this framework, Professor Renn explores social and economic factors relating to energy security, consumer preferences, and the use of digital technologies to more effectively manage energy consumption.
29/06/2018 • 28 minutes 31 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: Neuroscience of memory and exceptional abilities
In this episode Richard Lewis, news officer at the University of Iowa, speaks with Dr. Ted Abel, Professor at the University of Iowa and Director of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute. As a trained biochemist and molecular biologist, the work in Dr. Abel’s lab focuses on using mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms of memory storage and the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Here, you’ll hear Ted discuss how memories are formed through complex pathways involving the interactions of neurochemicals, genes, and neurons themselves, as well as how these pathways interact during periods of wakefulness and sleep to affect memory consolidation. He also discusses how his family’s experience with autism and work through the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, which he founded, is helping him and other researchers to understand various aspects of autism, including that which endows some autistic individuals with exceptional abilities. This podcast do
21/05/2018 • 28 minutes 15 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: From Bench to Policymaking
In this episode Carlos Faraco, a neuroscientist and current AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) at the National Institute of Justice, speaks with Frances Colón, CEO of Jasperi Consulting, former Deputy Science Advisor at the Department of State under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and 2006-08 STPF fellow at the State Department. Broadly, they’ll discuss how Dr. Colón’s training as a developmental neurobiologist prepared her for a career in science policy, along with the issues which motivated her to make that leap. Specifically, she will discuss her work on climate change in the Americas while at the Department of State, how that work has helped inform her perspective on climate change and other issues she is working to address in South Florida, as well as how scientists and individuals from all walks of life can become more civically engaged. The discussion also delves into how local politics may differ from the national perspective, and how local leaders and scientists
30/04/2018 • 19 minutes 19 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: Starting a Career in Science Communication
In this episode Dr. Allyson Kennedy, a developmental biologist and current AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, speaks with Monica Feliu-Mojer. Dr. Feliu-Mojer is a neurobiologist and director of communications and science outreach at Ciencia Puerto Rico, and associate director for diversity and communication training at iBiology. They discuss how scientists can transition from careers behind the bench to science communication and how that can allow them to impact local communities through outreach and education. Feliu-Mojer hopes to make people realize that science is truly a part of their everyday lives, and that diverse communities can effectively contribute to an enhanced understanding of various issues by bringing their unique perspectives. This podcast does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made th
12/04/2018 • 30 minutes 30 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni on Ecology, Launching a Clothing Line and More
In this episode Dr. Holly Summers, a plant biologist and current AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the US Department of Agriculture, speaks with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, an ecologist at the University of Utah. Dr. Nadkarni begins with the story of how she became interested in the forest canopy, and the delicate nature and importance of the canopy to a healthy tropical forest. They then discuss how her work has helped to inspire and develop non-traditional community outreach programs working with prison inmates, allowing inmates to contribute to the scientific process through meticulous restoration work involving plant and animal life. Last and probably most unexpectedly, Dr. Nadkarni describes how she got inspired to launch a line of clothing that features botanically correct images of nature. <div data-canvas-width="20.287659607843
02/04/2018 • 26 minutes 15 seconds
AAAS 2018 Live: Dr. Don Cleveland on Designer DNA Drugs
In this episode Dr. Carlos Faraco speaks with Dr. Don Cleveland of the University of California San Diego regarding his work on drug-based gene silencing therapies. Cleveland and the members of his lab use these therapies, also known as designer DNA drugs, to silence genes involved in the development of various neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease. In addition to these familiar diseases, they also discuss how designer DNA drugs may help those suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease affecting individuals with a history of repeated head injury, including athletes, military personnel, and domestic abuse victims. While the concept of chronic traumatic encephalopathy was first introduced in the early 1900s due to its prevalence in boxers, the cause of the disease has recently come under significant public scrutiny in the US due to several high-profile stories involving football players
23/03/2018 • 19 minutes 11 seconds
The Science of Human Security
In a world that is currently plagued by incidents of violent extremism and terror, we are often presented with messages or news stories that focus on the leaders of violent extremist organizations or the perpetrators of such attacks. That type of messaging has affected the way that government and the public view violent extremism. It may be a distraction from more fully addressing the root cause of violent extremism through the use of human sciences, such as psychology, sociology and anthropology. In this episode, Dr. Patrick Christian will explain how he and his partners at ValkMir Human Security are changing the way the US military thinks and goes about intervening in communities targeted by violent extremist groups. By training the military on evidence-based findings from social science research, they aim to build communities resistant to violent extremism and violent extremist ideologies. This blog does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Bo
26/10/2017 • 31 minutes 49 seconds
Reality at the smallest scale: What is quantum physics and why should you care?
“Quantum physics” is often viewed in popular culture as being entirely incomprehensible. STPF fellows Eric Breckenfeld and Jonathan Trinastic speak with three physicists from government, academia and industry to discuss the phenomena studied in quantum physics and its relevance to our daily lives. One budding technology is quantum computing, an area of significant interest at IBM where users are permitted to submit code to their 5-qubit quantum computer at: https://quantumexperience.ng.bluemix.net/qstage/#/user-guide (link is external). Participants Host: Eric Breckenfeld, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office Interviewer: Jonathan Trinastic, Ph.D. Physics, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at
22/08/2017 • 34 minutes 36 seconds
From Food Waste and Wasted Food to Resource Recovery
Americans waste 40% of their food. How did we become so wasteful and what can we do about it? Dr. Ariela Zycherman is joined by Dr. Irina Feygina of Climate Central, Jason Turgeon of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Maria Rose Belding and Grant Nelson from the MEANS database for a discussion about what parts of food we waste, why we waste, and what we can do to reduce waste across a variety of social, natural and built systems. Participants: Host: Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D. Anthropologist 2015-17 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Irina Feygina, Ph.D. Social Psychology Director of Behavioral Science at Climate Central 2013-2014 Congressional Branch Fellow Twitter Handel @ClimateCentral Jason Turgeon Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 Maria Rose Belding Co-Founder/Executive Director, MEANS Database Gr
05/06/2017 • 30 minutes 45 seconds
Scientists are People Too, Episode 1
This is the first episode of a new series called “Scientists are People Too.” Each episode we will ask scientist questions related to their work and their daily lives. In this episode we ask scientists “What is the biggest mistake you have made in science or the most expensive piece of equipment you have broken?” Participants: Host: Danielle Friend, Ph.D. Neuroscience 2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health Emily Aurand, Neuroscience 2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Kelly Fleming, Chemical Engineer 2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow U.S. Department of Energy Laura Skipper Kalal, Ph.D. Psychology 2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Caitlin Mcguire, Ph.D. Chemistry 2016-2017 Legislative Branch Fellow Jonathan Rayner, M.S. Aerospace Engineering 2016-2017 Executive Branch Fel
12/04/2017 • 8 minutes 25 seconds
What makes a data scientist?
Data Scientist is listed as the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” by the Harvard Business Review, but what is data science and what do Data Scientists do? Dr. Claire Schulkey investigated the question at International Data Week speaking with Amy Nurnberger and Dr. Sarah Callaghan, two data professionals, and she heard from the Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times to figure out what makes a data professional, how people get into the field, and what they do all day. The opinions and views expressed at or through this website are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of AAAS or any USG agency, its employees or partners. Image courtesy of Geralt of pixabay.
07/02/2017 • 27 minutes 22 seconds
Some people don’t care about them while others don’t trust them: so what are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?
AAAS Fellow, Dr. Sesquile Ramon, dives into a discussion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and why some people love them, some don’t trust them and some don’t care as long as they taste good. Drs. Daniel Hicks, Ariela Zycherman and Marit Wilkerson, current and former fellows discuss where we get our current policies regulating consumption of genetically engineered food, explore their legislative history, perceived risk and their potential use as a tool to combat the complex challenges of climate change. Image Attribution: BASF - Crop Design from Flickr The opinions and views expressed at or through this website are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of AAAS or any USG agency, its employees or partners.
30/11/2016 • 26 minutes 52 seconds
STDs, HIV, Mosquitos, and Zika
Concluding our exploration of the Zika virus, this podcast examines different strategies and polices learned from other infectious diseases to address a potential Zika epidemic. Drs. Beth Linas, Claire Schulkey and Shobhana Gupta interview three experts concerning Zika transmission and vector control to uncover lessons learned from STD (sexually transmitted disease) prevention, the spread of HIV from mother to child, and mosquito control techniques. We welcome guest perspectives from Dr. Indira Mysorekar, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Koen Van Rompay, UC Davis National Primate Research Center, and current STPF fellow Dr. Dilip Venugopal. ** A production by the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, the Sci on the Fly podcast seeks to encourage public dialogue on science and science policy. Complementing the Sci on the Fly blog, it helps explain and illuminate the best stories shaping the world of science policy.
11/10/2016 • 43 minutes 4 seconds
Will the Olympics Spread Zika?
Do you know where and when Zika virus emerged? With the arrival of the 31st Olympiad in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the location thought to be the epicenter of the Zika outbreak in the Americas, this podcast examines the origins of Zika as well as the public health concerns regarding a potential pandemic. Fellows Beth Linas, Claire Schulkey, and Shobhana Gupta describe the history of the Zika virus and how mass gatherings, such as the Olympics, could spread disease. This episode includes a guest perspective on Zika, health systems, and global health from Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. <div class="fiel
22/08/2016 • 27 minutes 7 seconds
The Scientific Method: What does it mean to you?
Our first Sci on the Fly Podcast: “The Scientific Method: What does it mean to you?” involves a discussion on the scientific method. In its most general sense the scientific method is simply a form of asking and answering research questions. Yet in practice, particularly in elementary and middle school education, the scientific method is more prescriptive and points future scientists in the direction of experimentation and hypothesis testing. While in many science disciplines this is how research is conducted, there are others- like in some social sciences- where this is too formulaic and prevents the generation of new information. In this episode, six current AAAS S&T fellows discuss the variation of scientific methods across disciplines, the diversity of research questions that science can answer, and the importance of a more heterogeneous approach to understanding the scientific method.