Podcast Ep 22. On Thin Films and Nobel Prizes: Margaret Schott Profiles Katharine Burr Blodgett
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Podcast Ep 22. On Thin Films and Nobel Prizes: Margaret Schott Profiles Katharine Burr Blodgett

At last summer’s American Chemical Society national meeting, Dr. Margaret Schott of Northwestern University took the unusual step of giving her history division presentation as her subject, Dr. Katharine Burr Blodgett. In this episode we interview Dr. Schott about her own path in life and chemistry, as well as that of Dr. Blodgett, including the … Continue reading

Podcast Ep. 20 Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and the Definition of Sustainability
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Podcast Ep. 20 Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and the Definition of Sustainability

What does “sustainability” mean? Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland is famous for serving three terms as the Prime Minister of Norway and chairing the World Commission on Environment and Development — the Brundtland Commission — which defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to … Continue reading

Podcast Ep. 19 Scientists and Impostor Syndrome: Can We Do Anything About It?
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Podcast Ep. 19 Scientists and Impostor Syndrome: Can We Do Anything About It?

You may have heard of “impostor syndrome” or “imposter phenomenon,” when perfectly competent people have the feeling that they don’t belong or are faking it in their professional lives. It can lead sufferers to hold back their ideas and self-reject from opportunities, and it is surprisingly common among high-achieving people. In this episode, we talk … Continue reading

Podcast Ep 18. Why Do We Care About Emerging Contaminants?
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Podcast Ep 18. Why Do We Care About Emerging Contaminants?

As the Director of the Great Lakes Genomics Center in the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor Rebecca Klaper researches emerging contaminants such as nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals and how they affect freshwater organisms. In this episode we interview Dr. Klaper about the future of emerging contaminants and how her work relates … Continue reading

Podcast Ep 17. Putting Science to Work for Society: A Visit to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
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Podcast Ep 17. Putting Science to Work for Society: A Visit to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station ranges from testing how nanoparticles help plants grow to determining what kind of poison was placed in someone’s coffee. In this episode, we interview Dr. Jason White, Vice Director of Analytical Chemistry at the CAES and our newest collaborator in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. To listen to … Continue reading

Podcast Ep 16. Maybe Not the Next Industrial Revolution? Societal & Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology
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Podcast Ep 16. Maybe Not the Next Industrial Revolution? Societal & Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology

A lot has changed in the last 10-15 years about our hopes and fears around nanotechnology. Ira Bennett and Jameson Wetmore are professors in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, and on this episode of the Sustainable Nano podcast we interview them about the complexities of understanding the ethical and societal implications … Continue reading