Recommended Audio for Our Podcast Listeners

Alas, there is no new Sustainable Nano Podcast episode this week. But while you're eagerly awaiting the next installment, here are a few other radio and podcast pieces related to the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology that you might enjoy: Wisconsin Public Radio's Larry Meiller Show interview with CSN Director Bob Hamers: Materials Research For Renewable Energy People Behind the Science …

Podcast Ep 13. Communicating About Science with ‘Lab Girl’ Author Hope Jahren

petri dishes, book with plant

Dr. Hope Jahren is a geobiologist who studies fossil organisms and the global environment, and is also the New York Times-bestelling author of the memoir Lab Girl. In this episode of the podcast, we interview Dr. Jahren about communicating science with the public, the joys and challenges of writing academic articles, and her thoughts on …

2016: Sustainable Nano Year in Review

Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 was a very busy year for Sustainable Nano and the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Researchers in the Center had nine papers published in scientific journals and have a number of others already submitted for review (you can see a running list of our publications here, including links to many public-friendly blog posts explaining the …

Ep 10. Why Were Plastic Mirobeads Banned? Marine Debris and Sustainable Plastics

Sustainable Nano Podcast cover image

Plastic debris in our water is a huge pollution problem, and just one source of that pollution is the tiny microbeads that have been widely used in personal care products. In this episode of the podcast, we interview Dr. Richard Thompson, a Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University and an expert on the effects of plastic debris in the marine environment. We discuss the recent federal ban on microbeads and what consumers can do to be more sustainable in our day-to-day use of plastics.

Ep 9. Seven Stages of Technological Adaptation

Sustainable Nano Podcast cover image

This episode of the podcast features an interview with University of Minnesota graduate student Peter Clement, discussing the book The War on Science by Shawn Otto. We focus on Otto's explanation of the Seven Stages of Technological Adaptation -- an observation that how our society adapts new technology has generally repeated the same sequence of steps over and over, from discovery through crisis and adaptation, especially since the mid-20th Century.

Ep 7. What Do Glaciers Have to Do With Nanoscience?

Sustainable Nano Podcast cover image

Why do glaciers sometimes look blue? Hint: it's not for the same reason we see blue as the color of the sky! On this episode of the podcast, we have an interview with Dr. Robert Hamers, following up on his recent blog post. Bob is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, and he tells us about a recent family trip to Alaska that got him wondering about why some glaciers have an amazing blue color.