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The Sci'more Podcast

The Sci'more Podcast

By Project Bridge
Welcome to the Sci’more Podcast by Project Bridge, a student-led science communication organization at Johns Hopkins University. We discuss and break down complex scientific topics and principles for the members of the Baltimore community.

We are always looking for suggestions for new questions and topics. Please call (443) 776-1282, send an email to scimore.podcast@gmail.com, or use the "Message" option on our website (https://anchor.fm/scimore ) to let us know what you want to hear on the Sci'more Podcast!
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Ep8. The Science of Sound
Happy holidays, B'more! We bring you another deep dive with an episode on sound and a very important sense for the members of our audience-- hearing. A Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins shares her experiences with investigating the mysteries of sound waves and why we should be thankful this holiday season for our cochleas! (Please note: The interviewee discusses the controversial use of animals in scientific research, and thus has asked to remain anonymous. Please submit any questions or concerns to the Sci'more Podcast.) ------ We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore, call us at 443-776-1282, or message us on Twitter (@ScimoreP), Instagram (@scimore_podcast), or Facebook (@scimorepodcast). Follow our social media to stay up-to-date on the latest episode releases! ------ Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro & Outro: Michael Dryzer Interviewers: Michael Dryzer With help from other members of the Sci'more Podcast team!
25:04
December 03, 2021
MiniEp. How clean is the water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay?
This week on the Sci'more podcast, Harbor Waterkeeper Alice Volpitta from Blue Water Baltimore joins us to talk about recent water quality concerns with the rivers that are flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, specifically at the Patapsco and Back River Wastewater Treatment Plants. We talk about how they came to discover this worrisome issue, what this means for the future of Chesapeake Bay, and what we can all do to help keep the Baltimore Harbor waters clean of pollution. ------ We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore, call us at 443-776-1282, or message us on Twitter (@ScimoreP), Instagram (@scimore_podcast) or Facebook (@scimorepodcast). Follow our social media to stay up-to-date on the latest episode releases! ------ Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro & Outro: Varun Chokshi Interviewers: Chris Seong Yeol An And with the help from other members of the Sci'more Podcast team!
16:46
October 29, 2021
Ep7. A new spin on baseball: the science behind breaking balls
2021 is truly an exciting year for baseball! With incredible players such as Shohei Ohtani, Fernando Tatis Jr., and so many more, everyone's attention is on baseball right now. With the playoffs coming up so soon, there is going to be a big battle between the pitchers and the hitters. Hitters swinging their bats at a breaking ball curving, dropping, and deceiving the hitters - and strike out!  Have you ever wondered how pitchers can throw these breaking balls? This week on the Sci'more podcast, Professor of Physics Dr. John Eric Goff joins us to talk about the science behind baseball. We talk about how pitchers can throw crazy pitchers, what affects the number of home runs at different stadiums, and how science can and have helped baseball. ------ We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore, call us at 443-776-1282, or messages us on Twitter (@ScimoreP), Instagram (@scimore_podcast) or Facebook (@scimorepodcast). Follow our social media to stay up-to-date on the latest episode releases! ------ Useful information: Dr. Goff's blog Dr. Goff's recent work on the Wall Street Journal (about Simone Biles) ------ Music: "Lucky Massive Dangerous" by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro & Outro: Michael Dryzer Interviewer: Chris Seong Yeol An With help from: Emily Han, Sebastian Markert, Michael Xie, and Ashton Omdahl
26:02
September 19, 2021
Ep6. Why do we love our gardens here in Baltimore?
During the pandemic, many of us find ourselves spending more time outdoors in nature. Baltimore City is home to many beautiful and unique gardens, and one of the community favorites is Sherwood Gardens. In this episode, we chatted with Baltimore’s local historian and garden enthusiast, Ann Giroux, about tulips, urban green spaces, the social life of trees and more. We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore, call us at 443-776-1282, or message us on Twitter (@ScimoreP), Instagram (@scimore_podcast) or Facebook (@scimorepodcast). Follow our social media to stay up-to-date on the latest episode releases! Useful links: Ann’s website http://anngiroux.com/ ‘The Social Life of Forests’ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/06/podcasts/the-daily/tree-communication-suzanne-simard.html 10 Glamorous Gardens in Baltimore https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/maryland/baltimore/10-glamorous-gardens-in-baltimore-md/ Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Host and Editing: Emily Han Produced by: Emily Han, Yun-Fei Liu, Ashton Omdahl With help from: Christopher An, Michael Dryzer, Michael Xie, Sebastian Markert
22:22
August 27, 2021
Ep5. Now it's crab time!
The crab season is here! If you are a Baltimore resident, you might have enjoyed dozens of our famous blue crabs, perhaps dozens of dozens every year. If you are new to Baltimore, you must have been encouraged to try them. Blue crabs are indeed tasty, but other than their nice savor, what do we know about them? This week on Sci'more podcast, crab biologist Shaun Miller from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Twitter: @MarylandDNR) and Maryland fishery scientist Dr. Allison Colden from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Twitter: @chesapeakebay) shares with us fun facts about blue crabs, what we can do to preserve them (so that, well, we can enjoy them with our children and grandchildren), and a concerning tale of a lone blue crab recently found in Ireland. ------ We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore, call us at 443-776-1282, or messages us on Twitter (@ScimoreP), Instagram (@scimore_podcast) or Facebook (@scimorepodcast). Follow our social media to stay up-to-date on the latest episode releases! ------ Useful information: The website of Chesapeake Bay Foundation The website of Maryland Department of Natural Resources An interesting word for trivia night: bilateral gynandromorph ------ Music: "Lucky Massive Dangerous" by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro & Outro: Yun-Fei Liu Interviewers: Sebastian Markert and Michael Xie With help from: Chris Seong Yeol An, Michael Dryzer, Emily Han, and Ashton Omdahl
23:39
August 06, 2021
Ep4. Cicadas: it's what's for dinner
If you’ve been anywhere outside around Baltimore over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen or heard the summer cicadas. This year is special for cicadas, as the Brood X of periodical cicadas have emerged en mass in some regions of the eastern United States after 17 years of underground living. In this episode, we discuss why the cicadas are emerging now and what they are doing. Food policy expert Dr. Jess Fanzo (twitter: @jessfanzo) shares with us why some people even try cooking up and eating these insects and why our food choices matter (and even how you might cook up some cicadas yourself)! We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore, call us at 443-776-1282, or messages us on Twitter (@ScimoreP), Instagram (@scimore_podcast) or Facebook (@scimorepodcast). Follow our social media to stay up-to-date on the latest episode releases! Useful links: Dr. Fanzo on WMAR Baltimore: https://www.wmar2news.com/news/local-news/why-eating-cicadas-is-good-for-you-and-good-for-the-environment A free cicada cookbook: http://www.tullabs.com/cicadaworld/cicadarecipes.pdf Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro: Chris Seong Yeol An Interviewers: Ashton Omdahl and Yun-Fei Liu Outro: Chris Seong Yeol An With help from: Michael Dryzer, Emily Han, Sebastian Markert, and Michael Xie
24:18
June 19, 2021
Ep3. Why should I care about plastic waste?? Earth Day Special Ep. With the National Aquarium in Baltimore
Have you walked out to a nearby lake, river, or the harbor and saw garbage floating on the water? Have you ever seen plastic water bottles and plastic bags on the ground at a nearby park? Why should we care about plastic waste? Should we worry about using plastic bags when we get a takeout from our favourite restaurant, or when we go to a grocery store? In this special Earth Day episode of the Sci'more Podcast, we speak with Laura Bankey, Vice President of Conservation Programs at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  If you ever been to the National Aquarium here in Baltimore and ever wondered what they do (other than house beautiful animals of course), also come and check out this episode! We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore or call 443-776-1282. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook @projbridge Useful links: Laura's Profile: https://aqua.org/about/our-people/laura-bankey National Aquarium Conservations: https://aqua.org/support/conservation City Nature Challenge: https://citynaturechallenge.org/ join at the end of April! Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro: Chris Seong Yeol An Interviewers: Chris Seong Yeol An Outro: Chris Seong Yeol An With help from: Michael Dryzer, Emily Han, Ashton Omdahl, Sebastian Markert, and Michael Xie
26:23
April 22, 2021
Ep2. Mapping Our Past, Present, and Future With the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard
From the early stages of the pandemic, the world has looked to the COVID-19 dashboard produced by Johns Hopkins University as a guide for tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus. Maps have always been important to epidemiology and the containment of contagious disease, but the JHU dashboard has been lauded for its accessibility and accuracy, with Time Magazine naming it as one of the best inventions of 2020. But, where does the data presented by the dashboard come from? How can we trust it? And how might we build from it to track, and hopefully mitigate, the spread of future pathogens? In this episode of the Sci'more Podcast, we discuss the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Amesh Adalja, an expert in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore or call 443-776-1282. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook @projbridge Useful links: Dr. Adalja's Twitter: @AmeshAA Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists: https://www.cste.org/ Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro: Sebastian Markert Interviewers: Michael Dryzer and Emily Han Outro: Michael Dryzer With help from: Christopher An, Ashton Omdahl, and Michael Xie
19:22
March 29, 2021
Ep1. How Safe are the COVID-19 Vaccines?
The whole world is watching closely right now as the vaccines are being distributed. The end of the pandemic is finally in sight. However, there might still be some doubts in your mind. How safe is the vaccine? Is it rushed? How does it even work? We spoke with Dr. Kawsar Talaat, who is a doctor herself and has worked over 10 years at the forefront of vaccine safety research, and we asked all the questions you’ve been pondering. We rely on listeners like you to ask us questions! Submit any questions you have at: https://anchor.fm/scimore or call 443-776-1282 Follow us on Twitter or Facebook @projbridge Useful links: Up-to-date CDC info on the mRNA vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html “What the Vaccine’s Side Effects Feel Like”: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/12/what-expect-when-you-get-covid-19-vaccine/617428/ If you’re interested in participating in a vaccine trial: https://www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/ A really great Ologies podcast episode about the COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.alieward.com/ologies/vaccineinfodemiology Music: ‘Lucky Massive Dangerous’ by Speck Editing: Yun-Fei Liu Intro: Ashton Omdahl Interviewer: Sebastian Markert Outro: Emily Han With help from: Christopher An, Michael Dryzer, Michael Xie
26:59
January 09, 2021