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Hooked on Science

By Julija Cubins
It's hard to keep up with research going on in the world. Is that article you see on your newsfeed legit? Or is it just click bait? Every other Wednesday, join Julija Cubins, a doctoral student and life-long lover of science, as she interviews expert guests who are conducting interesting and impactful research. Whether you're already hooked on science or you just want something to talk about at lunch tomorrow, this is the podcast for you.
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BONUS: Open Science with Dustin Haraden
It's a bonus episode! In this mini episode, Julija talks with Dustin Haraden again, but this time they focus on the conversation surrounding Open science and some of the issues of reproducing scientific research. Listen as they talk about paranormal research, printers uprising, and all the opinions that Dustin's dog has about Open science. Listen to Julija's episode of Dustin's podcast (now renamed Revise and Resubmit) on science communication here. If you want to learn more about what Dustin's doing, check out his full Hooked on Science episode or visit his Twitter or Website! Do you have questions after listening to this episode? Have a suggestion for a future guest or topic? Submit them here!  Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
20:34
May 26, 2021
Lucid Dreaming with Karen Konkoly
Have you ever been awake in a dream? No, this episode isn't about Inception, it's about lucid dreaming! Julija talks with Karen Konkoly, a graduate student at Northwestern University, about her research on communicating with people while they're dreaming. They cover who is pre-disposed to lucid dreaming, what to do when people are bad at math, and how to conduct a fun science experiment at home! If you're interested in developing your own lucid dreaming skills and have an Android phone, check out the app developed by Karen's lab here! What to submit questions about this episode or have a suggestion for a future episode? Submit them here Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
25:35
May 13, 2021
Tiny Houses with Alice Wilson
You've probably heard of tiny houses or seen one on Instagram, but have you ever really thought about the reasons why someone might want to live in one? In this episode, Julija talks with Alice Wilson, a PhD student in Urban Sociology at the University of York, about her tiny house research. Listen along as they chat about benefits, challenges, and demand for tiny houses in the U.K. and beyond! Have a follow up questions about this episode? Submit them here Learn more about Alice's own tiny house journey or her research by going to her website, you can also follow her (@neither_both) or check out her social enterprise OpHouse (@OpHouse_York) on Twitter as well. I highly recommend her TEDx Talk as a short and highly shareable piece of media, if you're looking for something short and digestible! Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
36:23
April 21, 2021
REBROADCAST: Video Games and National Identity with Cullan Bendig
We’re going on a field trip! Kidding… but we are going to learn a little about cultural identity in Eastern European countries and its connection with video game production. In this episode, we revisit episode 7, where Julija talks with Cullan Bendig, a Master’s student in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, about his research on the interactions between game developers, players, and historical accuracy. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Ask your questions or suggest an episode topic/guest!
37:08
March 31, 2021
Chronotype and Depression with Dustin Haraden
In this episode, Julija talks with Dustin Haraden about his research on teenagers, chronotype, and depression. Learn about how we were (probably) all teenagers at some point, the connection between potatoes and social media, revenge bedtime procrastination, and other random things that Julija learned about on the internet. You can learn more about Dustin’s research on his website dustin-haraden.netlify.app or check out his podcast, You Can Grad School! Ask your questions! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-Oso_xInt-G4uvsmtfLAWv6YqxRUkfvRj9x9PmxXa8FUsdg/viewform?usp=sf_link Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
41:25
March 10, 2021
Tornadoes with Alyssa Reynolds
In this episode, Julija talks with Alyssa Reynolds about her research on tornadoes. They touch on personal experiences with tornadoes and when using the internet on your phone was forbidden... and in some cases doing it anyway! Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
44:51
February 25, 2021
Multiscreening with Dr. Claire Segijn
Ever wonder how all those screens affect the way you process information? In this episode, Julija talks with Dr. Claire Segijn about her research on multitasking, multiscreening, and advertising. Learn how to optimize your information processing or how companies are using our automatic responses to make sure we're seeing their products! Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. For more information about Claire's research visit www.clairesegijn.com or follow her on Twitter @cmseg! 00:06 Introduction 1:37 What is multiscreening? 3:52 How does multiscreening affect our ability to process ads we see? 5:48 Multitasking and fatigue 6:41 What are the aims of your multitasking research? 7:30 Attention and multitasking 11:57 Relatedness and multitasking 12:50 How do you recruit people for these studies? 14:07 Break 17:15 How will companies use information from this research? 18:31 What strategies can advertisers use to attract our attention? 21:53 Do you see differences in multiscreening habits between the United States and the Netherlands? 24:18 Have your multiscreening habits changed since starting this research? 25:19 Other research in synced advertising 27:52 Where can you learn more about Claire’s research?
29:09
February 11, 2021
Epigenetics and Aging with John Gonzalez
Submit your questions for upcoming episodes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-Oso_xInt-G4uvsmtfLAWv6YqxRUkfvRj9x9PmxXa8FUsdg/viewform?usp=sf_link Since age is just a number, have you ever thought about how old your body actually might be? In this week's episode, Julija chats with John Gonzalez, a PhD student in the Yale School of Medicine about using epigenetics to identify biological age and how that relates to your risk of developing chronic disease. They also talk about some of the challenges of graduate school, fainting, and a little about Goop. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. 00:33: How did you first get interested in medicine? 3:56: Shifting focus in grad school 9:17: Epigenetics overview 11:20: Epigenetics and aging 18:12: Biological age as a predictor of disease risk 19:55: What is methylation? 20:35: Break 23:25: What is the goal of your research? 25:08: Using mice for aging research 26:54: What might be some practical applications for your research? 27:44: Takeaway points
32:02
January 14, 2021
Salamander Habitat with Meghan Ward
Listener survey: https://forms.gle/FadgpMC3Mqz1MDuB8 Visit the Hooked on Science podcast website: sites.google.com/view/hookedonscience 00:58 Intro 1:23 What is an amphibian? 3:10 What does it mean to conserve a species? 3:57 Where do you find amphibians? 6:38 What are overall objectives of your research? 7:20 How do you find land for this type of conservation? 8:37 How do you go about creating a pond? 10:34 How do you know if your wetland is doing its job? 11:56 Do these salamanders already live in the areas that you are creating these ponds in? 12:40 How long do you wait to determine if your wetland is supporting your salamanders? 15:03 Break 20:33 What does your role in this research look like? 23:32 How do you determine what’s in the wetland? 25:11 Are there any negative impacts when you create these ponds? 27:18 Why don’t these salamanders make it to adulthood? 28:55 What is the status of this project? 32:29 Takeaway points
35:04
December 3, 2020
Deep Winter Greenhouses
Ever wonder how people can grow food when the temps are frigid? In this episode, Julija talks with Daniel Handeen, Greg Schweser, and Carol Ford about their work on deep winter greenhouses. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Survey Link: https://forms.gle/gtUcWQczUBtGnYbZ6 1:43 Introductions 4:42 What is a deep winter greenhouse? 6:53 How is a deep winter greenhouse different from a greenhouse or a hoop house? 9:14 What role does sustainability play in designing these deep winter greenhouses? 11:02 How did you determine the right materials for a deep winter greenhouse? 13:37 How do you determine that the greenhouse can withstand the cold? 16:53 Break 28:49 Who can use a deep winter greenhouse? 33:21 When do you start growing a crop in the deep winter greenhouse? 34:16 Will people be able to grow an even warmer climate crop in the deep winter greenhouse? 37:16 What experiments still need to be conducted? 41:52 What happens once the designs are done? 44:19 Want to learn more? Check out https://extension.umn.edu/growing-systems/deep-winter-greenhouses Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeepWinterProducers/ 47:00 Final Fun Fact
49:13
November 18, 2020
Alzheimer's Disease with Mica Colmenarez
Health technology is rapidly evolving and becoming more personalized every year, and diseases of the brain are no exception to this. In this episode, Julija talks with Mica Colmenarez to learn more about her research on identifying genes that increase risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease in Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites. To learn more about Mica’s research, visit her website biology-is-life.com. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. 1:00: What got you interested in the health sciences? 1:38: Why Alzheimer’s Disease? 2:14: What is Alzheimer’s Disease? 3:45: If you have this mutation, will you always develop this disease? 4:15: What are some of the symptoms of this disease? 5:50: Can you predict if someone is at-risk for developing Alzheimer’s? 6:49: Why are you looking at Mexican American and non-Hispanic white populations? 8:54: Break 13:02: What is the overall objective of your research project? 13:25: Where do you get the genetic data for your research? 15:43: How do you determine if someone falls within a certain population? 16:32: How do you use the genetic data? 17:16: What is a GWAS? 17:47: What is a SNP? 18:17: What does this genetic information tell you? 19:09: How does this information translate to medical practice? 20:34: How big does your population have to be to give you confidence that you can generalize this across a group? 21:11: Final thoughts 22:11: Can you reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s? 21:48: Takeaway points 24:22: Final Fun Fact
26:21
October 21, 2020
REBROADCAST: Kiwiberries with Seth Wannemuehler
ou may have heard of a kiwi fruit, but have you heard of a kiwiberry? In this episode, Julija talks with Seth Wannemuehler, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, about his research on kiwiberries, why we would even want to grow them in Minnesota (hint: they taste like a tropical vacation), and all the information he needs to collect before we can even think about growing them. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. 00:52: When did you know you wanted to be a scientist? 2:12: Why did you decide you wanted to go to graduate school for the plant sciences? 4:28: What’s a kiwiberry? 5:21: Why should we be interested in kiwiberries? 6:10: What is germplasm? 7:44: Challenges of growing kiwiberries 9:10: Benefits of growing kiwiberries 10:18: What do kiwiberries taste like? 11:08: How do you get people interested in a new fruit? 14:07: Break 22:00: Overarching goals of the research 24:15: What does a typical day in the field look like? 25:11: When are kiwiberries harvested? 28:06: How many berries are on a plant? 29:39: How do you decide what vines you’re interested in keeping in the breeding process? 30:38: What does post-harvest testing do you do? 32:29: Is there a threshold to oxalate in the fruit? 34:06: When will kiwiberries be more readily available? 34:45: Wrap up 35:26: Final fun fact
36:24
October 15, 2020
Anticoagulant Rodenticides with Dr. Carolyn Hutchinson
Anticoagulant rodenticides- they're not just for rats! In this episode, Julija talks with Dr. Carolyn Hutchinson to learn more about their research on anticoagulant rodenticides and how they can impact water and animals throughout the environment. You can learn more about Carolyn's research by visiting cphutchinson.com. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
29:31
September 16, 2020
REBROADCAST: Cabbage and Glucobrassicin with Dr. Ilse Renner
You should probably eat more cabbage (and kale and brussels sprouts and broccoli), but why? In this episode Julija talks with Dr. Ilse Renner about her PhD research on glucobrassicin in cabbage and how it's affected by sunlight quality. Tune in and you'll learn what glucobrassicin is, why it's good for you, and how farmers might be able to make their plants produce more of it. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. 00:29: Intro 00:43: How did you know you wanted to be a scientist? 1:55: Why did you decide to go to graduate school? 3:44: Developing a research project 5:40: What types of light are you interested in? 6:30: Why are glucosinolates important? 8:55: Break 14:01: Developing an experiment 15:00: What’s a cultivar? 15:30: Experimental design 17:01: How does glucobrassicin level change throughout the plant? 18:41: Growing weeds on purpose 21:33: Measuring light ratios 23:16: Results 25:51: Shift from yield-based production to nutrient-based production? 30:58: Final fun fact
32:11
September 3, 2020
Pennycress and Soybean Cyst Nematode with Cody Hoerning
Happy 6th month podcast-iversary! To celebrate this amazing milestone, let's revisit pennycress, camelina, and soybean and meet a new friend... (or arch enemy?) along the way. Tune into this week's episode with Cody Hoerning while Julija finds out how that sentence really ends. 00:27 Intro 00:56 Why plants? 1:52 Why oilseeds? 3:00 What are pennycress and camelina? 4:55 How do they fit into the landscape? 7:33 What is a soybean cyst nematode (SCN)? 10:33  What are the impacts on soybean? 12:03 Break 15:48 Overall research goals 17:29  How do you measure SCN presence? 18:58 What conditions influence SCN development? 19:38 SCN life cycle 21:21 Preliminary findings 25:09 Resistance to SCN 26:35 Takeaway points 29:10 Final fun fact
30:43
August 12, 2020
Integrated Pest Management with Dr. Anna Wallingford
In this episode, Julija talks with Dr. Anna Wallingford, an Extension and Integrated Pest Management Specialist at the University of New Hampshire, about how she researchers new ways to manage those pesky creatures we call insects. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Intro: 00:38 What is Extension? 1:26 What is Entomology? 3:22 Why insects? 3:43 What's IPM? 5:30 What makes a pest a pest? 7:42 What crops and insects do you work with? 9:51 Break: 11:35 How do you know if something's important enough to study? 13:51 How do you implement this research? 16:54 Biggest challenges: 19:20 Takeaway points: 23:38 Favorite insect: 24:26 Final Fun Fact: 25:22
26:20
July 29, 2020
Bacteria with Dr. Jeremy Chacon
Bacteria often gets a bad rap because we associate them with illness, but did you know they can actually be helpful? From plants to space to the human gut, the benefits of bacteria are bacteria are endless. On this week's episode, Julija talks with Dr. Jeremy Chacon about his research on genetic data to predict how scientists can use bacterial colonies to their advantage to fortify potatoes in agricultural fields. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Intro: 00:21 What is ecology? 00:40 Why should we care about species interactions? 4:05 What organisms or ecosystems do you work on? 6:11 How do bacteria facilitate changes? 7:51 Why is it important to learn how bacteria are interacting? 10:44 Break: 13:36 Research objectives: 17:28 Measuring bacterial interactions: 19:48 Learning from genetic data: 22:12 Takeaway points: 27:23 Final Fun Fact: 29:12
30:27
July 15, 2020
Winter Oilseed Breeding with Dr. Katherine Frels
Do you remember glucosinolates from Episode 2? And the plant breeding pipeline from Episode 4? Well get ready to put those concepts together, and add a few new ones, as Julija talks with Dr. Katherine Frels about her winter oilseed breeding program. They talk about what makes Katherine's crops so stinky (Hint: it's the glucosinolates) and the coordination it takes to successfully transition a crop from weed to seed. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Intro: 0:23 What is a research assistant professor? 0:42 How did you become interested in plant breeding? 1:49 Why do we need to breed plants? 5:37 What traits can you breed for? 7:09 What plants do you work with? 9:46 Break: 12:49 Research goals: 15:21 Breeding process: 18:19 Working with collaborators: 22:32 Putting traits together: 26:25 Breeding techniques: 27:46 Takeaway points: 29:18 Final Fun Fact: 33:42
34:52
July 15, 2020
Roadside Pollinator Habitat with Lauren Agnew
Today we get down to buzzness talking about pollinators (get it?). In this episode Julija talks with Lauren Agnew, a PhD student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, about her research assessing roadsides as potential sites for pollinator-friendly wildflower plantings. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
24:32
June 17, 2020
Theology with Dr. Jason Smith
It's time to learn again! In this episode, Julija chats with Dr. Jason Smith, who recently graduated with his doctor of theology from the Committee on Religious Studies at Harvard University, about a poem from the 5th century... talk about staying power. Tune in to learn about how this text has transcended language, region, and religion. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Timestamps to come!
27:59
May 20, 2020
Video Games and National Identity with Cullan Bendig
We’re going on a field trip! Kidding… but we are going to learn a little about cultural identity in Eastern European countries and its connection with video game production. In this episode, Julija talks with Cullan Bendig, a Master’s student in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, about his research on the interactions between game developers, players, and historical accuracy. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Intro: 0:00 Background: 0:41 Historical background: 4:31 Break: 13:47 Research goals: 15:58 Conducting the research: 21:08 Historical “accuracy” in video games: 22:51 Takeaway points: 30:36 Final fun fact: 32:37
34:12
May 6, 2020
Soybeans and Variable Rate Seeding with Leanna Leverich
Soybeans need some space! Just kidding, but they are affected by the spaces that they're grown in. In this episode Julija talks with Leanna Leverich, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, about her research on variable rate seeding, machine learning, and soybeans. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Intro: 0:00 Scientific background: 0:53 Topic background: 6:23 Break: 16:11 Research project: 18:07 Preliminary findings: 25:41 Takeaway points: 30:10 Final fun fact: 35:54
33:50
April 8, 2020
Grapes and Powdery Mildew with Anna Underhill
Have you ever wondered what it takes for grapes to go from vine to table? In this episode Julija talks with Anna Underhill, a member of the grape genetics research unit at the USDA in Geneva, NY, about her research on automation in detecting powdery mildew on grape leaves. Tune in and you'll learn a lot about grapes and a little about robots. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
27:53
March 27, 2020
Soybeans, Drones, and Iron Deficiency with Austin Dobbels
Do you hear that buzzing sound? Have we been droning on too long? In this episode, Julija talks with Austin Dobbels, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, about how he uses drones and imaging technology to select soybean lines that are tolerant to iron deficiency and what soybeans are even used for. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
27:09
March 11, 2020
Kiwiberries with Seth Wannemuehler
You may have heard of a kiwi fruit, but have you heard of a kiwiberry? In this episode, Julija talks with Seth Wannemuehler, a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, about his research on kiwiberries, why we would even want to grow them in Minnesota (hint: they taste like a tropical vacation), and all the information he needs to collect before we can even think about growing them. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
29:51
February 27, 2020
Cabbage and Glucobrassicin with Ilse Renner
You should probably eat more cabbage (and kale and brussels sprouts and broccoli), but why? In this episode Julija talks with Ilse Renner, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, about her research on glucobrassicin in cabbage and how it's affected by sunlight quality. Tune in and you'll learn what glucobrassicin is, why it's good for you, and how farmers might be able to make their plants produce more of it. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
28:40
February 12, 2020
Wild Blueberries with Dr. Lily Calderwood
Welcome to premier episode of Hooked on Science! The paparazzi are here and we're rolling out the red carpet for wild blueberries. But what's a wild blueberry? Consider this episode your one-stop shop to learn about how wild blueberries are different from the blueberries you buy in the produce section at the grocery store, why they're almost exclusively produced in Maine, and the types of research conducted on them. Theme by Javier Suarez and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
31:39
February 5, 2020
Ready to get Hooked on Science?
In the age of information, it's hard to keep up with research going on in the world. Is it legit? Or is it just click bait? Every Wednesday, join Julija Cubins, a doctoral student and life-long lover of science, as she interviews expert guests who are conducting interesting and impactful research. Whether you're already hooked on science or you just want something to talk about at lunch tomorrow, this is the podcast for you. Theme song by Javier Suarez, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
02:32
February 3, 2020