380 | Pigs, Proteins, and Plants

This week, join Laura and Brittany as they interview Jordan VanderBurgt, a first year PhD student in biology. Jordan discusses Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), growing vaccines in plants, and the effects of both this disease and its research. 

To find out more about Jordan, you can find him on twitter as jvand222.

Recorded on June 28, 2022.

Produced by Laura Muñoz Baena.

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379 | These Plants Seem a Little Parched: The Genetics of Drought Stress

On this episode of the GradCast hosts Claire Bottini and Charan Mandur sit down with PhD candidate Sufyan Tahir to discuss the world of plant biology. Sufyan shares his research to improve drought tolerance in crops through plant genetics.

Recorded on June 21, 2022.

Produced by Amalie Hutchinson.

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378 | Music for Reconciliation: An Indigenous Approach

In this episode, Elizabeth, Laura, and Rose talk with Eric Zwicker, a PhD candidate in Musicology. As part of his research project, Eric is working on creating an album of original music. Eric discusses how he uses Indigenous Research Methodologies throughout his process of music creation, and how that music can be used as a form of reconciliation.  

To hear more about Eric's creations follow him on Spotify as Eric Zwicker

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Recorded on June 14, 2022.

Produced by Laura Muñoz Baena.

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377 | A Spoonful of Trehalose Helps the Crickets Chill Out

If you have ever wondered what happens with insects during the winter, this episode will provide some answers. Hosts Ariel Frame and Laura Muñoz Baena chat with Alyssa Stephens, a student of the Biology department who just defended her Masters thesis on freezing tolerance in spring field crickets. More specifically,  Alyssa studied how crickets modify their metabolism to accumulate trehalose, a sugar that crickets use as source of energy in the summer and protection for cell freezing during the winter. 

Follow Alyssa on Twitter @lyssastephens and for more interesting facts about crickets and other insects, follow the Entomological Society of Ontario on Twitter @EntSocOnt

Recorded on June 7 2022

Produced by Ariel Frame

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376 | T-test: Sex Hormones and Sparrow Migration

Garth Casbourn speaks with Ariel Frame and Claire Bottini about his research on song sparrows he is doing for his PhD in Biology. Garth explains how his experiments will tell us how testosterone functions in male birds and what relevance this hormone might have for bird migration. 

Recorded on May 31st 2022.

Produced by Amalie Hutchinson.

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#GradLife XIV: Live Chat about Semi-post-COVID

Recorded live at Radio Western 94.9 FM studio, hosts Ariel Frame, Elizabeth Mohler, and Brittany Melton discuss their grad life experience at different stages in their PhD programs.

Recorded May 18 2022

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375 | A Single-sensory Podcast on Multi-sensory Integration

This week, Carolynn Hare joins hosts Amalie Hutchinson and Ana Moyer. Carolynn is a PhD student in the department of psychology studying ADHD and multisensory integration. A person with ADHD herself, Carolynn has a unique perspective, and plans to use her position to study how kids with ADHD use sensory input to process their world, how that may differ from neurotypical kids. If you find yourself wishing podcasts had subtitles, this one is for you!

To watch a cool video about ADHD and grad school made by Carolynn, follow this link 

Recorded on May 24th 2022.

Produced by Amalie Hutchinson.

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374 | Explosive Environmental History

On this episode of the GradCast hosts Laura Muñoz Baena and Brittany Melton chat with Charan Mandur, a first-year PhD student in the Department of History. They discuss the Halifax Explosion, environmental history, and Charan’s aspiration to blend the two.

Recorded on May 17th 2022.

Produced by Laura Muñoz Baena.

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373 | History Shocks: Shell Shock and Eugenics

Join hosts Elizabeth Mohler and Amalie Hutchinson in their chat with Brigette Farrell, PhD student in history. Brigette shares about her interesting research into the history of science, medicine, and culture. We discuss shell shock in World War I soldiers, the impacts of eugenics on Canadian and French history, and how politics snuggles closer to science than we sometimes like to admit.

Recorded on May 3 2022.

Produced by Amalie Hutchinson

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372 | Bodies and Climate in 18th Century in Nova Scotia

In this episode, Erin Isaac explains to hosts Brittany and Laura how race and climate were linked by 18th-century beliefs about the body. They also discuss how migrants who came to Nova Scotia in the 1780s (along with the colony’s existing populations!) contended with an unusually hostile climate following a volcanic eruption in 1783, and how this environmental history impacted different communities’ lived experiences. 

To learn more about history, check out Erin's YouTube channel Historia Nostra

Recorded on April 26 2022.

Produced by Laura Muñoz Baena.

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