296 | Untying the Myths Surrounding Tubal Ligation

In this episode of GradCast, hosts (Elizabeth Mohler and Nikol Posnov) talk with Anna Sui (PhD Candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) about her research which looks at how women story their experiences of requesting and receiving tubal ligation (getting their tubes tied). Specifically, her research explores how various intersecting social identities (race, disability, gender, etc.) shape these experiences. We learn from Anna that this process is more difficult and complicated by myriad barriers than one might believe, especially in how medical professionals regard female patients.

To learn more about Anna's research: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anna_Sui

Recorded on October 13, 2020
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Produced by Yousuf Hasan
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295 | A Philosopher Walks into a Science Lab

Erlantz Etxeberria (PhD Candidate in Philosophy) chats about his research on scientific method and explanations in science with hosts (Yousuf Hasan and Liam Clifford). What is the scientific method? Should we trust science? Can philosophy inform science? Is there a clash between scientific evidence and politics? We talk about these issues with Erlantz. He also shares with us what he thinks about Richard Feynman’s quote on philosophy of science: “[it is] as useful to scientists as ornithology [the study of birds] is to birds.”

To learn more about Erlantz' research, visit his Rotman profile at Western. 

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Recorded on October 09, 2020. 
Produced by Yousuf Hasan
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294 | Managing Misinformation on COVID-19

In this episode Elizabeth Mohler and Ariel Frame become informed by Francesco Colosimo on his research investigating the health information being distributed to the public on COVID-19. In his Masters of Health Information Science, Farncesco seeks to assess which information is trusted, which is correct and which channels are disseminating correct information opposed to misinformation. During a global pandemic, this information is important to get right and Francesco's research seeks to find the best way of getting there. 

To hear more from Francesco, find him on Instagram @francesco.colosimo or Facebook


Recorded on September 29nd, 2020
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Produced by Laura Munoz Baena
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293 | Human Rights Tribunal Ontario (Special Episode)

Jaclyn Siegel (PhD Candidate in Social Psychology) joins us (Yousuf Hasan and Yimin Chen) to discuss three fascinating HRTO cases involving Western University. Jaclyn has lately been fascinated by how HRTO handles applications and appeals of harassment and discrimination. As a feminist, Jaclyn provides valuable insights on related issues as well. She also discusses some of the more pernicious forms of harassment, for instance, harassment by vexatious litigation.

Disclaimer: No one in this video is a lawyer and nothing described is a legal advice; the three HRTO cases narrated are from the publicly available documents below:

1. https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2017/2017hrto1536/2017hrto1536.html
Appeal: https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2018/2018hrto477/2018hrto477.html



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Recorded on Sep. 16, 2020
Produced by Yousuf Hasan
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292 | Destructive or Life Harbouring? Hydrothermal Systems in Impact Craters

The aftermath of a meteorite striking the surface of a planetary body leaves behind a circular depression in the ground and plumes of dust and rock. The energy left over in the crater can heat up the water that passes through the rocks, creating an environment that could have been responsible for the emergence of microbial life on Earth over 3 billion years ago. In this episode, hosts Gavin Tolometti and Rhys Paterson talk with Earth and Planetary Science M.Sc student Tabetha Shepphard about how she studies the composition of fluids trapped within minerals from the West Clearwater impact structure in Quebec, Canada to learn about hydrothermal systems that developed after the impact event almost 290 million years ago. Also learn how Tabetha start her path towards geology through outreach, politics and speaking primarily French.
To find more about Tabetha, find her on Twitter and Instagram as @ImpactfulRocks
Recorded on September 22nd, 2020
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Produced by Laura Munoz Baena
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#GradLife IX: Rejection Diaries

As a graduate student, we face academic rejection in various forms. From a journal declining your manuscript, being told you were not good enough to join a research lab or postgraduate institution, to rejection from peers because of your choices in course work. In this #GradLife episode, hosts Viki Tellios, Gavin Tolometti, and Monica Molinaro open the floor to GradCast committee members Ariel Frame, Rhys Patterson, Laura Beana, Elizabeth Mohler, Danica Martina, and Liam Clifford to share their academic rejection experiences and how graduate students can learn from them and cope with rejection in their lives.

To hear previous #GradLife episodes, follow us at @GradCastRadio on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website gradcast.ca


Full episode available on YouTube

Recorded on Sept. 16th, 2020

Produced by Gavin Tolometti

Theme song Upbeat Party produced by Scott Holmes


291 | Planting the Seed to Success

For university students, the question “what are you going to do after you graduate?” often proves to be the bane of their existence. This stems from not only its repetitiveness from friends and family members alike, but more so from the existential dread that it causes. They may have an idea of what they want to do, but nobody truly knows for certain what will transpire, especially in the era of COVID-19. However, fear not as PhD student Shannon McKechnie from the Faculty of Education reassures hosts Yousuf Hasan and Liam Clifford that there is in fact hope. Her focus with the Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership research arc seeks to ask how student employability post-graduation is represented in policy, and what change might be possible to better support students. The conversation that ensues covers what students can do to help themselves succeed, how universities can complement that, and how we as a society can rethink the value of recent graduates.

To learn more about Shannon's research, follow her on Twitter @s_mckechnie

and visit her website www.shannonmckechnie.ca


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Recorded on Sept 15th, 2020

Produced by Gavin Tolometti

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290 | Use It or Lose It: Exercise for Osteoarthritis Relief

The amazing varsity cross-country runner, Jenna Schulz, discusses medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) and the effect of high tibial osteotomy (HTO) surgical intervention on changes in loading and inflammation. "Exercise is medicine" is a common phrase used by our guest which quickly became a hot topic discussed between Jenna and hosts Viki and Nikol. This episode is packed with lots of tips and tricks that Jenna encountered during graduate school, in particular related to the MPT/PhD program, time management and how to protect your knees, all of which have overall made her experience as rewarding as possible.

To get in touch with Jenna and her research, you can find her @the.rungry.researcher on Instagram.

You can also learn more about Jenna's research by reading this article: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/54/13/771


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Recorded on Sep. 08, 2020

Produced by Gavin Tolometti

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289 | Facing Fascism

When Italian leader Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler became cozier and more acquainted with one another, Europe found itself embroiled in a new wave of fascism that would spark a second World War. But in order to understand how a country revered for its art, culture, and gastronomy would be attracted to such a reprehensible ideology, the focus needs to shift to Italy’s position vis-à-vis the British Empire within the imperial system and interwar global order. As hosts Yousuf Hasan and Liam Clifford learn from recent History MA graduate Jessi Gilchrist, Anglo-Italian relations in the 1920s and 1930s must be scrutinized for their mutually shared imperial ambitions. The insightful conversation that ensues opens up discourse on how twentieth-century notions of empire world blurred the line between fascism and “democracy,” leading Italy to become an Axis power.

Full video available on YouTube
Recorded on Sep. 02, 2020
Produced by Yousuf Hasan

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288 | Fighting the Monsters Inside Us: The Search for New Antibiotics

Denny Chin (PhD Student in Microbiology and Immunology) joins us (Elizabeth Mohler and Yousuf Hasan) to chat about his research on combating bacterial infections. Denny is especially interested in a particular kind of pathogen known as Staphlococcus aureus (S. aureus) since it can cause many well-known infections including skin infections, pneumonia, and sepsis. Some strains of S. aureus have become resistant to the available antibiotics. For his research, Denny is finding ways to come up with new antibiotics that can fight against the more resilient strains of the bacteria.

Full video on YouTube

Recorded on September 1st, 2020
Produced by Laura Munoz Baena (video by Yousuf Hasan)
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