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The Helyx Show

The Helyx Show

By The Helyx Initiative
Explore different areas of science through guest interviews, blog posts, and join host Chris Jung in full-episode productions.

All posts and production are student-run under the nonprofit The Helyx Initiative.
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Trivia, Teaching, and Talent with (Jeopardy) Jason Zuffranieri + September Giveaway
Math teacher Jason Zuffranieri broke headlines when he won $532,496 in a 19-Game Winning Streak on Jeopardy! in 2019. He joins host Chris Jung to tell his story competing in the show and his thoughts as a Quizbowl, Science Bowl, and Math Team coach, as well as being a math teacher and a competitive puzzle solver. Youtube Link: (Needed to enter the giveaway):
September 6, 2021
Analyzing Pseudoscience with Dr. James and Alison Kaufman
Who can we trust when it comes to scientific integrity in a headline-chasing, "fake news" world?  Dr. James and Alison Kaufman, esteemed psychology professors at the University of Connecticut and authors of Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science, join host Chris Jung for a conversation about pseudoscience in the history of science, social media, and even established journals. Buy  Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science -  Dr. James C. Kaufman's website:  Dr. James Kaufman's twitter: @JamesKaufman   Spotify: Apple Podcasts:
August 28, 2021
Science Goes to the Movies with Dr. David A. Kirby
Science media expert Professor David A. Kirby discusses the history of science in films, the changing representation of scientists in media, and how science and entertainment industries both can both help and harm each other through science consulting and public attention with host Chris Jung on The Helyx Show. Professor Kirby's Cal Poly site: The Science and Entertainment Lab:   Lab Coats in Hollywood: Listen on...  Anchor - Spotify - Apple Podcasts - Youtube Playlist -
August 7, 2021
Haley Wahl: Pulsars, Physics, and Pressures in Academia
Haley Wahl, a PhD student studying pulsars and astrophysics at West Virginia University, joins us today on The Helyx Show. Haley's main topic of research is pulsar polarization and emission, and she is an active advocate for mental health and science communication. She talks with Chris about her path in astrophysics, unhealthy pressures in academia, her work to make science accessible, and her undeniable knack for baking.   Haley's website:    Find Haley's work on astrobites:  Find Haley on Twitter: @hwahl16 and @PulsarBakes   The Pulsars and Profiteroles Project:  Shoot me an email at for comments and suggestions, and please leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! See you next time on The Helyx Show!
July 31, 2021
Gary Siuzdak: Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics, and Memories
Dr. Gary Siuzdak is a Professor of Chemistry, Molecular and Computational Biology and Director of the Center for Metabolomics at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where he and his team are leading researchers in developing mass spectrometry-based technologies for understanding metabolism. In this interview, Dr. Siuzdak talks about new techniques in mass spectrometry, the applications of metabolomics, and the importance of balance as he looks back at his "regrets" and recollections. Check out our episode on our YouTube Channel for visuals and timestamps!
July 22, 2021
Episode 4: Offshore Wind Farms - Our Best Bet
In 1991, eleven fully constructed turbines were lifted into the waters between 1.5 and 3km from the southeast shores of Denmark. Compared to today’s standards, these turbines were elementary structures mounted on concrete, and yet DONG Energy’s construction of the very first offshore wind farm, called Vindeby, revolutionized renewable energy for the coming years. What impact do offshore wind farms have on our growing search for renewable energy sources? What is the science driving the rapid interest and funding in this technology?  Script Credits: Rushank Goyal and Chris Jung Song Credits: Beethoven String Quartet in C# minor, Op 131, performed live in Alice Tully Hall by the Danish String Quartet "In My Place", Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
June 30, 2021
Aashika Jagadeesh: Machine Learning vs. Social Media Bias
Aashika Jagadeesh is a rising junior at Fair Lawn High School and student researcher passionate about AI Ethics and revealing the impact of social media algorithms on mental health. She joins our host, Chris Jung, for a conversation about her research project and FreeFeed website designed to reduce the damaging effects of social media for all its users. Read Aashika's paper here:
June 18, 2021
Episode 3: Parallel Universes
The concept of a multiverse may seem like a paradoxical myth reserved for Marvel movies and science fiction, but they could actually exist. Join Chris Jung as she talks about the principles behind the multiverse theory and what it means to question absurd phenomenon. Be sure to email for any questions or comments! Script written by Mili Thakrar and Chris Jung. Music Credits: "The Planets, op. 32, IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity". Performed by the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band in a transcription by Merlin Patterson, edited by Capt. Lang and MSgt Aldo Forte for their 1998 C.D. Frontiers "Read My Mind", The Killers
May 28, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: How Cryptography Works
Learn about how cryptography works and how you can use it to send secret messages to your friends. Alisha Gomes 
May 5, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: Screentime and Blue Light
Learn about the effects of screen time on our brain. 
April 30, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog E-Textiles in Healthcare - Olamide Fadahunsi
Learn about the practical application of e-textiles in healthcare. 
April 16, 2021
Siya Goel: Science Fairs and Student Research
Siya Goel is a junior at West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School, three-time ISEF finalist, and has notable experience in research and will attend the Research Science Institute this summer. She joins our host, Chris Jung, for a conversation about her experiences in research and gives invaluable advice for students enamored by research and searching for opportunities.
April 9, 2021
Episode 2: Einstein vs. Heisenberg and the Theories of Relativity
German physicists Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg fundamentally changed the way we think about the nature of the universe. Join Chris Jung as she talks about Einstein’s theories and discusses his feud with Heisenberg’s principles. Song Credits: “Also Sprach Zarathustra” - Einleitung, Richard Strauss, Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - inspired from watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?”, Chicago (Please listen to the version with the piano intro by Robert Lamm). “Gravity”, Sara Bareilles. “Speed of Sound”, Coldplay.  “Time is on My Side”, The Rolling Stones.
April 7, 2021
Episode 1: Synaptic Plasticity and our Ability to Change
Steinbeck once wrote that "change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass." We are familiar to constant changes in our life - from learning how to walk, moving out to go to college - and we desire change in our habits, our personalities, and our long-term goals. And yet, we are also familiar with hardened prejudices and the lull of learned behaviors, intrusive thoughts. The human brain is intricate and contradictory, and the nature of our plastic brain has perplexed philosophers and scientists alike for many years. In this episode, Chris dives into the basis of synaptic plasticity and neurotransmission, and shares her thoughts and experience with this fascinating concept of human adaptability.  Find out more about The Helyx Initiative on, or by following us on instagram @TheHelyxInitiative. Send any comments, suggestions, or concerns to Music Credits for this Episode:  1: "In My Life", The Beatles 2: "Landslide", Fleetwood Mac 3: "Rhapsody in Blue", George Gershwin, conducted by Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic (1976) 4: "We Never Change", Coldplay 5. "The Lark Ascending", Vaughan Williams, conducted by Vernon Hadley with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Nolan on violin.
February 28, 2021
Episode 0: Scientist - What’s in a word?
In 1833, William Whewell (1888-1965) Cambridge University historian and philosopher, coined the term “scientist” to describe someone who studies the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. What does it mean to be a scientist and what role does science play in our lives? Join Chris Jung, a wildly unqualified host, as she attempts to answer this question and more on the first podcast episode of The Helyx Show. Find out more about The Helyx Initiative on, or by following us on Instagram @TheHelyxInitiative. Send any comments, suggestions, or concerns to
January 31, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: Gut Microbes and Mental Health
Learn about the bacteria in our guts—and how they affect our mental health. Aya Hilal.
January 25, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: Telomeres: Key to Immortality?
Sarah Gao:
January 4, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: How the Brain Communicates
Joanne Lee.
January 4, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: Stress and the Body
Written by Joanne Lee.
January 4, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: The Human Microbiome A World of Discovery Written by Mason Holmes.
January 4, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: Antibiotic Resistance and Phage Therapy Written by Sid Udata
January 4, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: An Introduction to Drug Discovery By Andrew Gao.
January 4, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: The Mozart Effect and Its Efficacy Written by Mritika Senthil.
January 3, 2021
Bite-Sized Blog: Uncovering the Structure of DNA
By Malik, our awesome Helyx member. 
July 7, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Unconventional Applications of CRISPR
Interesting podcast by our member, Divya Nori, from Georgia!
July 7, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Remembering Dreams Part 2 — Jalen Patel
Based off blog article by Alisha Gomes
June 17, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Remembering Dreams Part 1 Based off of blog article by Alisha Gomes.
June 17, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Discovery of DNA Part 2
By Malik Rida
June 15, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Discovery of DNA Part 1
By Malik Rida
June 15, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Triboelectric Nanogenerators ⁠
Andrew Gao. Based off this article:
June 13, 2020
Bite-Sized Blog: Personalized Medicine
Learn all about personalized medicine in this engaging podcast by Helyx member, Divya Nori!
June 12, 2020