Science Sucks

Science Sucks

By Ive Velikova
Science is awesome. It’s fascinating, it sparks curiosity, and it’s the reason most of us are alive today.

Sometimes, it sucks... from applying for funding, to spending hours in the lab, to lack of representation in many science fields.

The show is hosted by Ive Velikova, a Master's candidate in science communication at Laurentian University. Each week, we talk about the ins and outs of scientific research and how it impacts our lives.

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33. French Canadians "can't speak" and other language myths (w/ Dr. Michèle Minor-Corriveau)
Dr. Michèle Minor-Corriveau (she/her) is a speech-language pathologist and professor, specializing in written language. Michèle busts some myths about language! We talk code-switching, children ruining the language, and how to make classrooms more accessible to ALL kids, regardless of ability.  -- Check out the detailed Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit 2020! Why we do a land acknowledgement: Land acknowledgments at Canadian universities and colleges Land acknowledgments in Ontario A Guide to Land Acknowledgments by The Native Governance Centre Indigenous Land Acknowledgements, Explained by Delilah Friedler (Teen Vogue) Supporting Indigenous folks (General Resources) An interactive map of territories, languages, and treaties (Native-Land.ca) Beyond territorial acknowledgments Indigenous Ally Toolkit -- Accessibility Resources Creating an Accessible Classroom Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act  10 Tips for Making your Classroom More Accessible Classroom Accessibility for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing How Teachers Can Make Their Classrooms More Accessible for Students with Disabilities -- You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod
34:02
February 19, 2020
32. Improving lives through speech and language therapy (w/ Dr. Roxanne Belanger)
Dr. Roxanne Belanger (she/her) is a speech-language pathologist and professor at Laurentian University. Belanger worked closely with the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic, which follows up with families of babies born prematurely to support their development well into childhood. Now, Roxanne teaches the Laurentian School of Speech-Language Pathology and shares why her field is changing lives across the age spectrum. -- We've started doing land acknowledgements on the podcast! Here are some resources to learn more: Land acknowledgments at Canadian universities and colleges Land acknowledgments in Ontario The Native Governance Centre's guide to land acknowledgments Indigenous Land Acknowledgements, Explained (Teen Vogue) An interactive map of territories, languages, and treaties (Native-Land.ca) -- Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod
28:28
February 2, 2020
31. This Physicist is Taking the World by Storm (w/ Dr. Claudia Antolini)
Dr. Claudia Antolini (she/her) is an Engagement Officer at the Institute of Physics. She shares the joys of having a dynamic science job that’s different from day to day and calls out physics textbooks for being full of old, white men. Claudia turns this tradition on its head through fun physics demos and events. Check out the Institute of Physics' upcoming events in the UK!  Follow Claudia on Twitter @CA_AstroComm! -- We've started doing land acknowledgements on the podcast! Here are some resources to learn more: Land acknowledgments at Canadian universities and colleges Land acknowledgments in Ontario The Native Governance Centre's guide to land acknowledgments Indigenous Land Acknowledgement, Explained (Teen Vogue) An interactive map of territories, languages, and treaties (Native-Land.ca) -- Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod
33:36
January 8, 2020
30. Getting stuck in the Gulf of Mexico, and other fieldwork mishaps (w/ Juita Martinez)
Juita Martinez is a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She uses camera traps to study brown pelicans in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico! Juita was nervous to get on the mic, but she’s a natural! Her energy and contagious laugh made this episode an absolute blast. We talk fieldwork mishaps, camera traps, and how you can start exploring the outdoors yourself! Check out Juita's website and her fieldwork shenanigans on Twitter! Consider NOAA's internship opportunities! Find your local birding group! -- Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
37:29
November 20, 2019
29. From Astrophysicist to a Dream SciComm Job (w/ Dr. Parshati Patel)
Dr. Parshati Patel (she/her) is an astrophysicist and science communicator at the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University. She shares how she got where she is today, tackles misconceptions about being an astronomer, and explores why we are so breathtaken by the night sky. Check out Parshati on Twitter and Instagram! ___ Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
31:53
November 12, 2019
28. A Beginner's Guide to Science Illustration (w/ Dr. Gaius J. Augustus)
Dr. Gaius J. Augustus (he/him and they/them) is a science illustrator and visual storyteller. They create infographics, illustrations, animations, and tell science stories through art. They also teach and consults to help others create #SciArt masterpieces. Gaius demystifies the technical aspect of science illustration, so if you're interested in creating science art, this episode is for you! Gaius also happens to identify as non-binary and trans. They share their experiences coming out and years later, coming out again.  For all your #SciArt needs, check out Gaius J. Augustus' website!  Check him out on Twitter and Instagram!  Here's a guide to he/him and they/them pronouns! Check out more trans scientists using #TransInSTEM or through 500 Queer Scientists! ___ Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
35:36
November 6, 2019
27. How To Make $$$ in Grad School (w/ Kelsey Doerkson)
Kelsey Doeskrson (she/her) is a NASA engineer and creator of The Poor Grad Student blog. She did her Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University, and just wrapped up her Masters of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. We get REAL about money in grad school — conferences, reimbursements, scholarships, and how the system needs to change.  --- Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
40:01
October 21, 2019
26. Why do we love science podcasts? (w/ Kyelle Byne)
Kyelle Byne (she/her) is wrapping up her degree in Laurentian University's Science Communication program—the only one of its kind in Canada! She did her Master's research on science podcasts. Why do we love them? What keeps us coming back for more? Are they useful tools in communicating science?  Check out Our Science, a podcast hosted by the 2019 SciComm cohort. Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
30:16
October 15, 2019
25. A Scientist's Guide to the Federal Election (w/ Evidence for Democracy, TSPN, and SPE)
Ive tackles the upcoming federal election — with a science twist!  You'll hear from Sivani Baskaran and Molly Sung, co-founders of the Toronto Science Policy Network, Irene Calloyanis from Science and Policy Exchange, and Kimberly Girling and Emma Bugg of Evidence for Democracy to help us unpack this upcoming election and what it means for science. #elxn43 is just around the corner, and this episode will help you get informed. Get involved in the #VoteScience Campaign! Find when, where, and how to vote through Elections Canada! How do the main parties compare on some key issues? Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
33:33
October 10, 2019
24. How To Quit Your PhD and Dive into Teaching (w/ Jalina Bielaska Da Silva)
Jalina Bielaska Da Silva (she/her) is a researcher turned teacher. She's a science communication wiz, a critic of burnout culture in academia, and a tutor at The Math Guru. In this episode, Jalina shares tips for self-care, science communication, and good teaching practices. Follow Jalina on Twitter! Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
29:27
October 7, 2019
23. Tips from Award-Winning Science Writer Dr. Kimberly McCoy
One of this year's AAAS Mass Media Fellows, Dr. Kimberly McCoy (who goes by Berly) spent the summer writing at PBS News Hour.  We chat about how her love for snowboarding let her to a PhD, how she got her writing gig at It’s Ok to be Smart, and how you can join the NPR SciCommers community! Don't forget to check out Berly's clips for PBS News Hour and her full portfolio on her website!  Interested in the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship? Shoot your shot! Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
36:19
September 18, 2019
22. How did birds evolve from dinosaurs? (w/ Talia Lowi-Merri)
This week, we step into the Royal Ontario Museum (aka the ROM) to talk to Talia Lowi-Merri (she/her), a Ph.D. student whose office is right in the museum! And if you stay ‘till the end, you’ll get an exclusive, never-before-seen-by the-general public tour of the bird archives. We go behind the scenes for this one. It’s like the movie “Night at the Museum,” but less Ben Stiller and more paperwork. Check out her Twitter for field research pics and bird facts!  Follow along with all the specimens we saw through this Twitter thread!  Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
47:43
September 3, 2019
21. Road Trip to the first-ever ComSciConCan
ComSciConCAN is Canada’s FIRST national science communication workshop for graduate students. This 3-day professional development conference helps graduate students expand their communication skillset—creating videos, writing policy, crafting stories, and more! Ive was lucky enough to attend and bring some wisdom from the conference back to the podcast. With the help of 8 special guests, Ive takes you on a trip to ComSciConCan 2019!  Thank you to our awesome guests! Alana Wilcox Laurissa Christie Gonzalo Quintana Zunino Max King Charles Plaisir Alejandra Castilla (check out her TEDx Talk) Natalie Westwood Pramodh Senarath Yapa Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
34:28
August 19, 2019
20. Why is LGBT STEM Day important?
This episode is an ode to LGBT STEM Day! The second-annual #LGBTSTEMDay was on Friday, July 5, 2019. It’s a day full of events, campaigns, and storytelling to celebrate LGBTQ+ folks in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It also acknowledges the unique challenges faced by trans and queer scientists in these fields.  To celebrate queer folks in STEM, I invited 6 guests to chat about their experiences as LGBTQ+ scientists. Here are our guests: Meet Maya Degrood, Instagram's very own @MolecularMaven. She's a cancer researcher starting her M.Sc. at the University of British Columbia in the fall. Stephanie is an incoming grad student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, studying chemistry education. Check her out on Twitter at @ssnorkels. Matt is a wildlife ecologist an PhD candidate at the The University of New South Wales. Check him out on Twitter at @m_davis8802. Natalie Westwood is an ecologist working on her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Check out her research and field work adventures on  Twitter and Instagram!  Eva Bloom is wrapping up her M.Sc. studying sexting behaviour in young women. She hosts the pleasure-inclusive, anti-oppressive, and evidence-based YouTube channel What's My Body Doing and the web series Sex Ed School. You can learn with her on Instagram and Twitter! Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
27:11
July 29, 2019
19. How To Use Social Media Like a Scientist (w/ Lina Duque)
Lina Duque, MBA (she/her) is a social media strategist who advises academics, executives, and CEO's on social media and personal branding. She’s been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes magazine, and the Globe and Mail. Lina has given talks and lectures at Harvard Law School, McGill University, University of Toronto, and York University. In this episode, Lina shares tips on how to use social media for networking and career advancement. Lina has specific tips to build your audience and guides you through which platforms you should use and for what purpose. Enjoy! Check out Lina Duque on Twitter, LinkedIn, and her website.  Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
34:44
July 2, 2019
18. Coming Out (w/ Natalie Westwood)
Natalie Westwood (she/her) is an ecologist working on her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. We chat about her field research adventures in Costa Rica, coming out as queer as a scientist, and why ecology more than just the food chain you learned about in elementary school. Check out Natalie on her Twitter and Instagram!  Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
32:08
June 18, 2019
17. Let's Talk About Sex (w/ Eva Bloom)
Meet our first guest of Pride Month, Eva! Eva Bloom (she/her) is a sex researcher wrapping up her Master’s on sexting behaviour in Canadian women! She is also a sex-ed YouTuber with over 7000 subscribers! On her channel, she talks about pleasure, masturbation, social justice, bisexuality, and sexual health in all its forms. This year, Eva hosted at a workshop on kindness and casual sex at Good For Her, a sex toy shop in Toronto! Eva recommended @blkgirlmanifest @gabalexa and @whatswrongwithmyvagina for more inclusive sex ed.  Check out Eva on her YouTube channel, Twitter, and Instagram!  Keep up to date on the launch of Sex Ed School on Twitter and Instagram!  Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
37:06
June 3, 2019
16. Chasing Non-Science Passions (w/ Krishana Sankar)
Krishana Sankar (she/her) is a doctoral fellow studying diabetes at the University of Toronto. She is a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” having kickstarted the #150minutes campaign for diabetes awareness, her organization WOCSCAN, and the Inferior In Canada Campaign. We chat about her research, advocacy, and the perks of chasing hobbies alongside your career! Follow Krishana on Twitter and Instagram! Click here to check out the TED Talk I mentioned.  Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
35:38
May 27, 2019
15. Science Meets Policy (w/ Dr. Vanessa Sung)
Dr. Vanessa Sung (she/her) is a fresh new doctor who recently defended her Ph.D. in biochemistry at McGill University, with a focus on breast cancer research. Having wrapped up her Ph.D., Vanessa now works as a science policy analyst for the Chief Science Advisor in Canada, Dr. Mona Nemer. We talk about her cool job, how to have your voice heard, and the importance of having your very own lady web.  Where you can find Vanessa! Twitter Website Policy curious? Check these out! Toronto Science Policy Network Science & Policy Exchange (McGill University) Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
33:20
May 6, 2019
14. Teen Mom to Cancer Epidemiologist (w/ Ashley Stenzel)
Ashley Stenzel (she/her) is a PhD candidate in cancer epidemiology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. We chat about her experience as a teen mom, turning her back on science only to come back, and her passion for science outreach and education. Plus, we debunk some myths and conspiracy theories about cancer, coming from a cancer researcher herself. Where you can find Ashley: Twitter Website Look out for her talk on the Story Collider podcast. Cancer Resources! United States: American Cancer Society & Minority Cancer Awareness Black Women's Health Imperative Latinas Contra Cancer National LGBT Cancer Network Sisters Network Inc. Canada: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (and their study on low income patients) Canadian Cancer Society Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
28:55
April 30, 2019
13. Earth Day Special Extravaganza (w/ Anita Luu, Ellen Gute, Emily Wissel, and Dr. Richelle Tanner)
Welcome to our Earth Day Special Extravaganza!  This week, I welcome 4 special guests to share their love for the outdoors. We also share tips and resources on what we can do to reduce our impact on climate change, both at the individual and systemic level. Enjoy! Folks to follow: Anita Luu Ellen Gute and the Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN) Dr. Richelle Tanner Emily Wissel Podcasts: She Explores Women on the Road Outside/In Book: The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
27:29
April 22, 2019
12. Science for kids, by kids (w/ Keeley Aird)
Keeley Aird (she/her) is a grade 12 student and recent graduate of the Ontario Science Centre Science School. She is the co-founder of STEM Kids Rock, an mobile science centre run for kids, by kids. We chat about curiosity, bug collections, and how important it is for kids to ask weird questions! Enjoy! Check out STEM Kids Rock! Twitter Instagram Get Involved! Follow Keeley on Twitter! Check out Pippin (Keeley's dog!!) on Instagram!  Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
31:41
April 15, 2019
11. Canada and the Future of Space Travel (w/ Dr. Sara Mazrouei)
Dr. Sara Mazrouei (she/her) is a planetary scientist and science communicator. She has a PhD in planetary science with a focus on moon collisions. Sara has given a phenomenal TEDx Talk about the barriers she faced when studying space. She has been on radio and TV networks talking science news, and currently works in on the Space Matters outreach project at the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX). We about about the moon as a time capsule, her love of the Ontario Science Centre, and how SciComm helped save her Phd.  For cool lunar content, check out the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on YouTube!  Where you can find Sara! Twitter Instagram SpaceQ Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
29:57
April 8, 2019
10. How To Get Into Science Writing (w/ Sophie Okolo)
Sophie Okolo (she/her) is a public health researcher and science writer. She writes about the latest health tech, dementia, ageism. She helps run The STEM Squad, an inclusive online community for women and non-binary folks in STEM.  In this episode, we give you a detailed guide on how to start your gig as a science writer! If you're even a little bit interested in science writing, this is the episode for you.  Tips: 1. Find a niche. 2. Write, write, write! 3. Find a mentor. Resources for new science writers: • Science Twitter! • Check out Bossed Up! Some articles include what to look for in a mentor and how to find one! • Pitch to Lady Science, Sister, Lateral Magazine, and Got Science Magazine. • Join the Massive Science Consortium • The Open Notebook offers a pitch database and tons of guides for beginner science writers. • Episode 6 of the pod, where I talked to science journalist Bianca Nogrady Where you can find Sophie! Twitter Website Join The STEM Squad: Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Website Incredible scientists I mentioned: Christine Liu (and Two Photon Art!) Michelle Barboza-Ramirez Raquel Nuno Melissa Cristina Márquez Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.
30:02
April 1, 2019
9. Get Outside! (w/ Ashley Gary)
This episode is all about the great outdoors. Ashley Gary (she/her) is a wildlife educator and outdoor advocate. She runs The Wildlife Newsletter and hopes to one day have her own wildlife show. She talked about how to get outdoors (even if you live in a city) and offered powerful advice on how to start chasing your dreams today!  Ashley's tips to get outside: • Go to a park • Look for birds... they're everywhere! • Visit a garden, nature centre, or botanical garden • Grow your own garden! • Try a local bird walk or park cleanup Ashley's advice for aspiring wildlife enthusiasts: • Be confident! • Have your support system for when things get hard • Be your own cheerleader! Promote your own work • Take risks... that's when you get the biggest rewards. Don't count yourself out! • Be persistent! • If you have a dream, there is no better time than NOW to start living it. Where you can find Ashley! Twitter Instagram Website Newsletter Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. Support CFMU so our show (and many others) can continue to air! You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
29:21
March 25, 2019
8. Gynaecology's Dark History (w/ Charly Evon Simpson)
Charly Evon Simpson (she/her) is a playwright, teacher, performer in New York City. Her play, Behind the Sheet, recently had its world premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her play shared the dark history of gynaecology, in which a white doctor experimented on black enslaved women. It tells the story of a great medical breakthrough through the eyes of a community of enslaved black women who were involuntarily involved the discovery. I'm thrilled to bring you my interview with Charly. Where you can find Charly! Twitter Instagram Website Upcoming Plays Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. Support CFMU so our show (and many others) can continue to air! You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
31:19
March 18, 2019
7. Chemistry Hater to Chemistry Grad Student (w/ Reeda Mahmood)
Reeda Mahmood (she/her) a Master's student at Ryerson University and co-founder of IdeaMosaic, a company that aims to bridge the gap between scientists and the public. She shares her journey from vowing to never take chemistry again to studying doing a Master's degree in that very field. Here's what to do when school makes you hate a subject you eventually learn to love. Where you can find Reeda! Twitter Check out IdeaMosaic! Website Twitter Instagram Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. Support CFMU so our show (and many others) can continue to air! You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
31:14
March 11, 2019
6. Your Guide to Science Journalism (w/ Bianca Nogrady)
Bianca Nogrady (she/her) is an Australian freelance science journalist. We chatted about life as a freelancer, why science writing is so important, how she got into it, and what advice she has for young women in STEM. If you need some inspiration, this is the perfect episode for you.  Where you can find Bianca! Twitter Website Bianca's Books! The End: The Human Experience of Death The Best Australian Science Writing 2015 The Sixth Wave Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. Support CFMU so our show (and many others) can continue to air! You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
31:31
March 4, 2019
5. How To Support Women in Science (w/ Shweta Mahajan)
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, I present my interview with Shweta!  Shweta Mahajan (she/her) is a microbiologist, podcaster, and science communicator. She hosts the podcast Science with Shweta where she interviews scientists, chats about the daily research grind, and gives advice for science students. We discuss the barriers that women have to face in STEM fields, and how we can support and empower one another to break those barriers down.  Where you can find Shweta! Twitter Instagram Website Support #InferiorinCanada, as we fundraise to get Angela Saini's Inferior into high schools across Canada! Check it out. News! Rosalind Franklin Mars Rover World Health Organization's 10 Threats to Global Health in 2019 You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
28:41
February 11, 2019
4. Breast Cancer in Black Women (w/ Shawn Hercules)
Shawn Hercules (he/him) is PhD candidate at McMaster University studying breast cancer. Specifically, he studies triple-negative breast cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer that is more common in black women than in other populations and is linked to higher mortality rates. This episode features a lot of learning and laughs. Enjoy! Shawn featured on 5 Minutes of Science! Race and breast cancer: Is there a link? Shawn's 3 Minute Thesis! News! What is the polar vortex and how is it linked to climate change? The polar vortex, explained Where you can find Shawn Twitter Insta You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
31:40
February 4, 2019
3. How to Make Science More Inclusive (w/ Ana Sofia Barrows)
Ana Sofia Barrows (she/her) works in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Ana Sofia has coordinated events, given talks, and written articles focused on advancing EDI in science. Her energy is contagious—I left our interview feeling more energized than ever! If you are working towards making science more inclusive, this episode is required listening. You don't want to miss this. Quick steps to be more inclusive: • Acknowledge your implicit biases (try the Harvard Implicit Bias Test) • Make decisions after acknowledging your biases (don't ignore them) • Provide alternative text for Instagram pictures (the app has this feature) • Close caption Instagram stories using an app like Cliptomatic • Read the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (or your local equivalent) to learn more about making an inclusive space • Make your slideshow presentations accessible for colorblindness • Use gender-neutral pronouns (they/them/their) when addressing groups of people, instead of "ladies and gentlemen" • Make sure your events are physically accessible (elevators, ramps) • Ask events/venues about their accessibility • If you don't know, ASK an EDI professional (or read articles by them). We're not all diversity experts, and that's okay. Keep learning! • Apologize when you make a mistake! It's such a simple thing! The book I talked about:   Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini Fundraiser to get Inferior into high schools across Canada News! Provincial government announces changes to OSAP Students rally at Queens Park Where you can find Ana Sofia: Twitter Insta You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. Support the show with a small monthly donation!
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January 29, 2019
2. How do marine organisms build their shells? (w/ Robert Ulrich)
Robert N. Ulrich (he/him) is PhD candidate at UCLA. He explores how marine organisms make their shells. Spoiler alert: We don't know exactly how they do it!! We chat about why nature is so much cooler if you know more about it, how we were lied to in high school chemistry, and more!  Where you can find Rob: Twitter Insta Check out Queers in STEM! News! James Watson: Scientist loses titles after claims over race (BBC) The Origin of Race in the USA (The Origin of Everything, hosted by Danielle Bainbridge) Well-research Twitter thread by New York Times science writer Amy Harmon Watson And Crick Did Not Discover DNA (American Council on Science and Health) A content analysis of the views of genetics professionals on race, ancestry, and genetics Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod.  You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Support the show with a small monthly donation!
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January 23, 2019
1. Enzymes Can (probably) Save the World (w/ Maya DeGrood)
Welcome to the first-ever episode of Science Sucks! On this show, we debunk the myth the science sucks, one awesome chat at a time. This week, we talked to Maya DeGrood about... enzymes! Enzymes are nature's catalysts. The speed up reactions so that literally... every function in our body can happen. Maya has a background in protein biochemistry and used crystallography to understand how enzymes work. Using research like hers, scientists use enzyme properties to save! lives! Leaving crystallography behind, Maya is now taking on the new challenge of cancer biology. Her passion & energy is infectious... by the end of the episode, I was convinced that enzymes can save the world. Check out Maya on Instagram! News! China Lands a Rover on the Moon! Any feedback on the show? Let us know on Twitter at @ScienceSucksPod. You can find me (your host, Ive) on Twitter, Insta, and YouTube. Let's be friends! Support the show with a small monthly donation!
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January 9, 2019