Awesome Astrophysicists: Planets, Stars & Outreach

March 19, 2017

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

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STEM Paths: Interview w/ SAMMUS and Summer Ash

March 5, 2017

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/

 

 

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Augmented Reality: What is it?

February 26, 2017

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.

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Women of Pixar - Computer Science & Cartoons

February 18, 2017

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.

 

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Behavioral Neuroscience: Addiction

September 12, 2016

Spark Science sits down with Behavioral Pharmacologist and WWU professor Dr. Jeff Grimm. 

We talk about his background, new theories on addiction, rat parks and how sugar can be an addictive substance.

You can view the Kurzgesagt video on addiction by clicking on the link below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao8L-0nSYzg


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Spacecraft Chronicles 2: Spirit Rover Drama

August 12, 2016

In this second episode, we explore the drama that comes with flying robots to Mars.  We talk with Planetary Society President Dr. Jim Bell and Mars dust expert Dr. Kjartan Kinch about the Spirit Rover and the challenges involved in the mission.

Enjoy our short tale of mystery, frustration and triumph.
Image Courtesy of NASA
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LIGO & The Fabric of Space

July 17, 2016

In September 2015 gravitational waves were directly detected for the first time.  It was recorded simultaneously at two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) in Hanford, WA and Livingston, Louisiana.

Spark Science attended a tour at LIGO with physic students from WWU and student correspondents Lia Cook and Nathan Miller.  LIGO's Outreach Coordinator Dale Ingram takes us through the facilities and tells tales of mice in tubes, earthquakes and moths.  We also want to thank the other post-doc guide, Sheila Dwyer.

Links
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Spacecraft Chronicles 1: The JUNO mission with Emily Lakdawalla

July 2, 2016

Enjoy the first installment of the mini-podcast about past, present and future space missions just in time for JUNO’s arrival at Jupiter!

In this episode we talk to Planetary Society’s Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, Emily Lakdawalla about JUNO's camera and citizen science.  We also share some fun facts about Jupiter and other spacecraft that have studied the gas giant in the past.

Image and Information Courtesy of NASA

Clarifications:

  1.   When I say “Humans have visited the planet before” I mean human-made spacecraft not actual humans like in Interstellar
  2. There is a water “whooshing” sound in the show because I interviewed Emily at Lakewood in Bellingham, WA.  It was very scenic.      
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Science On Screen - The Man Who Knew Infinity

June 26, 2016
In this episode Spark Science partners with the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA to host a "Science on the Screen" event.  WWU professors Dr. Amites Sarkar and Dr. Stephanie Treneer discuss the work of the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan before a screening of the film about Ramanujan's life, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

The event was filmed and can be viewed by clicking the link below.
A special thanks to Lucas Holtgeerts who filmed & edited the video
and also....
Pickford Film Center: http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/
Science on Screen: http://scienceonscreen.org/


Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. UK

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Photonics & Friends - Interview with SPIE CEO

May 29, 2016

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics and Spark Science got the CEO to come to the Spark Radio studios for an interview.

We talk about what the heck photonics is, spying with film and student chapters worldwide.  Spark Science even calls into Hsinchu, Taiwan to talk to some wonderful SPIE chapter members.

Enjoy our show on how the world is affected by LIGHT.
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