Hello and welcome to the StemZ Perspectives - A podcast created and led entirely by young people with a passion for science from Young Scientists Journal! Throughout these episodes, our alternating hosts will be engaging in insightful discussions on a number of scientific topics. From climate change to coronavirus, there’s sure to be something to interest everyone! We will also be having a number of special guests on the show, including industry professionals, who will be able to discuss their latest research and provide expert insights into their field.
In this episode, we speak to Dr. Bray, a Professor of Practice in mathematics at Duke University, about his unique preference in the aspect of teaching mathematics over research and the intrigue of pursuing a career in the field of math.
In this episode, Dr. Alex Kontorovich, a professor at Rutgers University and Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Mathematics, discusses his favorite mathematical theories such as Number Theory and tells us about his journey to the interesting research and work he does now.
Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Smethurst is an astrophysicist and research fellow at the University of Oxford. She is currently working on the co-evolution of galaxies and blackholes. She has been the recipient of several prestigious scientific awards like the Royal Astronomical Society Group Prize and Caroline Herschel Lectureship Prize. Her weekly YouTube videos focus on unsolved cosmological mysteries, weird objects found in space, and general space news! Of recent, she has even done videos on astrophysics references in Taylor Swift's songs, and "A Day in the life of an Astrophysicist." Dr. Smethurst also presents physics videos for the YouTube channel Sixty Symbols and astronomy videos for Deep Sky Videos.
Dr. Robert Lefkowitz was interviewed by our Chief Editor, Preyasi Gaur.
Dr. Robert J Lefkowitz is an American biochemist and physician. He is known for his groundbreaking work on G protein-coupled receptors, for which he was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is currently the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Duke University and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Centre. He has authored a memoir titled: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist with Dr. Randy Hall, published by Pegasus Books. You can preorder this book on Amazon now.
Production: Harry Cordeaux
Dr Terence Tao was interviewed by our Social Media Lead, Preyasi Gaur.
Dr Tao is an Australian-American mathematician. He is a Mathematics Professor at UCLA and has worked on a variety of topics in mathematics from probability theory to partial differential equations. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2006 “for his contributions to partial differential equations, combinatorics, harmonic analysis and additive number theory.” Considered a prodigy, Dr Tao has a lot of feathers in his cap: youngest Mathematics Olympiad Medallist, youngest person to be made professor at UCLA at 24, and one of the youngest and first Australian Fields Medallist. He also maintains a Wordpress Blog: https://terrytao.wordpress.com
Video produced & edited by: Harry Cordeaux
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In this episode, we talk with Dr. Michael Mastrandrea - an affiliated scientist with the Carnegie Institute of science - about climate change and the impact of coronavirus on it.
Michael Mastrandrea has 20 years of experience in climate change science and climate and energy policy analysis to inform public and private decisions at global, national, and subnational scales. Since 2015, he has led Near Zero, a climate and energy non-profit based on Stanford campus that is focused on the design and implementation of the scientifically grounded policy. Previously, he was part of the leadership team for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, a global report on climate change science and policy options for world governments. He has also served as an Assistant Consulting Professor at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Michael received his Ph. D. from Stanford as the first graduate of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), where he was a Department of Energy Global Change Education Program Fellow. He serves on the Editorial Board and as Managing Editor for the journal Climatic Change.