Podcast Preview: Season 3

It's National Nanotechnology Day, and Season 3 of the Sustainable Nano Podcast is coming soon! Here's a quick preview of a few of our upcoming episodes, including interviews with Dr. Mary Kirchhoff, Alvin Chang, & Dr. Jillian Buriak. To listen to this preview episode, click here. Want more podcast episodes? You can find them all on our podcast page, …

Ep 25. Finding the Next Fix for the World’s Problems: More from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

In the second interview from our visit to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, graduate students Natalie Hudson-Smith and Jaya Borgatta interview Dr. Wade Elmer, Chief Scientist for the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology. They discuss everything from everyday garden fertilizers to cutting-edge nanoparticle experiments on watermelon. To listen to this podcast episode, click here. …

Ep 24. Using MRI technology to study nanoparticles

How do we "see" nanoparticles when they're too small to view with a normal microscope? In this episode we interview Kelly Zhang, a graduate student in the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology who recently published a paper about a new way to use NMR technology (like MRI for chemistry) to study the behavior of molecules that …

Podcast Ep 23. From Worm Genetics to Chocolate Cake: Art and Science with Dr. Ahna Skop

What does food blogging have to do with genetics research? In this episode, we talk with Dr. Ahna Skop, an associate professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about how art, science, and cooking intersect, as well as some of the benefits and challenges she has experienced being dyslexic. To listen to this podcast …

2017: Sustainable Nano Year in Review

Happy 2018! It’s hard to believe, but our very first Sustainable Nano blog post, Why are Nanomaterials So Special and What is the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology?, was published five years ago, on January 29, 2013! We’ve come a long way – 262 published posts, including 22 episodes of the podcast since its launch in …

Podcast Ep 21. Quantifying Effects of Gender Bias: There’s an App for That

Does gender bias matter? You can see for yourself thanks to an interactive app created by software engineer Penelope Hill at doesgenderbiasmatter.com. In this episode, we interview Penelope about what prompted her to create the app, some of the research behind it, and a few of the ways people in science and technology fields are …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …