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Spark Labs

Spark Labs

By Mind Spark International
Tune in to get insider info from revolutionary STEM experts and leaders in our unique conversations! From stories to advice, Spark Labs aims to extend your thought bubble to new horizons.
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Insider Interview with Leon Vanstone, Director of Texas Rocket Engineering Lab at UT Austin - US vs UK education, Why Rockets are rubbish, and Behind the Scenes of Science
Thank you for tuning in to the third episode of Spark Labs! Spark Labs is an initiative led by Mind Spark International which strives to empower STEM learners around the world by giving them access to professional experiences and advice. Our third episode for Spark Labs includes a conversation with the current Director of TREL at UT Austin, Dr.Leon Vansone. Leon has a passion for creating a better tomorrow in the world of space travel and spreading the truth about the effects of science communication. Tune in as we discuss the difference between US and UK education, why rockets aren't all that they seem, and how science communication affects the public's opinion on science! Here's Leon's website if you'd like to learn more: vanstonerocket.com Timestamps 0:00 - Introductions 0:35 - Why Aerospace? 3:10 - Ever considered quitting? 6:50 - How to succeed in Aerospace 9:50 - UK vs American education 17:50 - P.h.D research 24:25 - Rockets are rubbish to get into space 32:10 - Will everyone get to go to space? 45:15 - Behind the scenes in science communications
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October 12, 2020
Insider Interview with Kiwi Florido, PhD Student from Harvard University and Stem Cell Biology Researcher - The International student experience, Stem Cell Biology and Therapy
Thank you for tuning in to the second episode of Spark Labs! Spark Labs is an initiative led by Mind Spark International which strives to empower STEM learners around the world by giving them access to professional experiences and advice. Our second episode for Spark Labs includes a conversation with a current Ph.D. student from Harvard University, Kiwi Florido, who has a passion for finding therapies for human diseases. Tune in to this episode to hear about her experiences in working with human iPSCs and finding potential therapies for Type II diabetes! In the case you wish to listen to specific parts again, we have included timestamps for the podcast below.  00:20 - Introductions  01:40 - What Inspired You To Get Into Biology?  03:30 - Undergraduate Research?  06:20 - Undergrad Student Experience  07:40 - Experience At Harvard 09:50 - Moving to the US  13:30 - Advice To Younger Self 16:55 - What is Stem Cell Biology?  20:00 - Post-Research Experiences 26:50 - Impact Of Mice In Stem Cell Biology  32:30 - Open-Minded Passion  33:51 - Scientist You Wanted To Meet 36:50 - Seeing Yourself As A Professor  37:50 - Favorite Part of Research  41:20 - Future Plans  46:50 - Last Piece Of Advice
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September 25, 2020
Insider Interview with Michael Wang, PhD graduate from Columbia and CEO of Sirl.io - What it takes to earn a PhD, Advice from a STEM entrepreneur | Spark Labs #1 | Professional Advice
Thank you for tuning in to the first episode of Mind Spark International Spark Labs. Spark Labs is an initiative led by Mind Spark International which strives to empower STEM learners around the world by giving them professional advice to listen to. Our first episode for Spark Labs includes this conversation with the current CEO of Sirl.io, Michael Wang, who has an amazing story and even better advice. Tune into this episode to hear about his stories with combining electrical engineering into his successful career in entrepreneurship. In the case you wish to listen to specific parts again, we have included timestamps for the podcast below. 0:00 - Introductions 00:30 - Why Electrical Engineering? 11:40 - Competition in High School 17:00 - College Talk 20:30 - Networking Post Education 21:30 - Ph.D. Talk 33:20 - Talking about Sirl.io 39:00 - Advice for Undergraduates 41:30 - Important skills from school 44:00 - More about Sirl.io 49:50 - Past Business Experiences 52:00 - Learning from Business Experiences 58:00 - Motivation To learn more about Mind Spark International and what we do, please be sure to check out our website, mindsparkintl.co.
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September 1, 2020