Science at Five: Episode 8

Hosts Nicholas McCarty and Shahaed Hasan sit down with Professor Vincent Rodgers to discuss string theory, particle theory, 'Why Einstein is Famous', the birth of quantum mechanics and more! Recorded Monday, August 14th 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

Vincent G.J. Rodgers, Ph.D. is a renowned theoretical physicist studying string theory and its applications to gravitation and cosmology, as well as particle theory. He is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa.

Image: Black hole with distortion of light.

Science at Five: Episode 7

Hosts Nicholas McCarty and Mason Lamarche sit down with Professor E. Dale Abel to discuss diabetes, its connection to heart disease and increased risk for cardiomyopathies, life as a physician-scientist and more! Recorded Monday, August 7th 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD is a world-renowned expert in diabetes, heart disease, autophagy, metabolism, and mitochondrial function in diabetes and obesity. His titles at the University of Iowa include: Chair/Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine; Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine; Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center; Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism; Professor of Biochemistry; Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Image: A human heart in its oblique orientation.

Science at Five Radio Show - Episode 6

Hosts Shahaed Hasan and Mason Lamarche sit down with Professor Cornelia Lang to discuss astronomy, the solar eclipse on August 21st, black holes, the Milky Way galaxy, how we study stars, and more! Recorded Monday, July 31st 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

Cornelia C. Lang, Ph.D. is a renowned physicist and astronomer studying the interstellar medium of the galactic center, stellar winds, and magnetic phenomena using both radio interferometry and X-ray imaging/spectroscopy. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa.

Image: Night sky showing the magnitude of the Milky Way galaxy.

To visit Professor Lang's research website, click here.

To see the 'path' of the August 21st solar eclipse, click here.

Science at Five Radio Show - Episode 5

Hosts Nicholas McCarty and Shahaed Hasan sit down with Mason Lamarche to discuss genetic research on cleft lip and palate disorders, with a focus on bioinformatics approaches and genomic rearrangement events. In later segments of the show, we discuss some common ethical questions governing genetic engineering and modification, with a focus on human engineering. Recorded Monday, July 24th 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

Mason Lamarche is a student at the University of Iowa studying genetics in the laboratory of Professor John Manak (biology.uiowa.edu/people/john-manak). He is interested in personalized genomic medicine and genomic rearrangement events.

Image: Crystal structure of a DNA helix

Science at Five Radio Show - Episode 4

Hosts Nicholas McCarty and Shahaed Hasan sit down with Edward Sander, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, to discuss tissue engineering, mechanobiology (forces exerted on cells), and how improvements in our understanding of cells 'feeling' could lead to significant clinical applications for patients with serious burns, with cancer, or after surgery. Recorded Monday, July 17th 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

Edward Sander, PhD is a renowned tissue engineer studying the ways in which cells sense stress, and how the forces exerted on cells could be utilized to help patients with scar tissue formation. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

Image: Human embryonic stem cells.

Science at Five Radio Show - Episode 3

Hosts Shahaed Hasan and Nicholas McCarty sit down with Professor Christopher Squier to discuss smoking rates around the world, cessation efforts in southeast Asia, new policies governing the sale of cigarettes, health burden, addictive properties of nicotine, and the history of tobacco's spread around the globe. Recorded Monday, July 10th 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

Christopher Squier, M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.C is a renowned oral pathologist studying the ways in which tobacco causes cancer, particularly mouth cancers. He is a Professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Science at Five Radio Show - Episode 2

Hosts Shahaed Hasan and Nicholas McCarty sit down with guests Paul Ruales and Richard Su to discuss sensors, AI, machine learning, and ethical concerns of these advances in computer science and capabilities. Recorded Monday, July 3rd 2017 on 89.7 KRUI.

Science at Five Radio Show - Episode 1

Science at Five Episode 1. June 26th, 2017. Callie Ginapp discusses neurobiology, epilepsy, SIDS and the rumours and myths surrounding epileptic fits. We end the show with an 'apocalyptic' conversation surrounding brain-machine interfaces and Elon Musk's new company, Neuralink.

S3 E3: Just A Theory - Omnigenics

Together with Mason LaMarche, I discuss the answer to "Why Are Some People 7 Feet Tall?". Well, we know that genes play a role! But the theory of inheritance has changed dramatically over time. A new paper in Cell by the Pritchard Lab at Stanford recently expanded this theory, coining a new term in the process: omnigenics.

S3 E2: Just A Theory - Miasmas, Germs, and the Tale of John Snow (feat. Mason LaMarche)

In Victorian England, many physicians believed in miasma theory, or 'bad air', as a cause for diseases. This theory was replaced with a new theory of contagion during the 1850s in England - germ theory. The existence of germs and small bacteria was known as early as 1677, but their connection to specific diseases did not come about until Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch's experiments. We conclude the podcast with the tale of John Snow, who tracked one of England's largest cholera outbreaks and demonstrated that the source of cholera was a well on Broad Street, in the Soho district of London.

S3 E1: Just A Theory - Evolution

The story of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Charles Darwin, encapsulating the theory of evolution and how it has changed over the years. What do scientists believe today? What did early naturalists, such as Lamarck, believe?

To read more about Darwin's journey on the HMS Beagle, click here.

To read more about Lamarck and his theories, click here.