Episode #255 Not just for the bones, Calcium in the heart

 In this episode, hosts Greg and Viki interview Matt Novello, a Master’s student in Physiology and Pharmacology. Matt is a molecular biologist that studies how protein structure can effect function. More specifically, he studies stromal interaction molecule 2 (STIM2), a protein important in calcium regulation in the heart. Tune in to find out more.

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Produced by Gavin Tolometti

If you want to get in contact with Matt Novello and learn more about his research and lab group, follow him using the Twitter handle and sites below:

@mattnovello

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=RybzX6MAAAAJ&hl=en

Dr Feng lab website: http://www.qingpingfeng.org/ 

Dr Stathopulos lab website: http://publish.uwo.ca/~pstatho/StathopulosLab/content/en-ca/index.html

REBROADCAST Episode #213: - . .-.. . –. .-. .- .–. …. Telegraphs

You may know them from Westerns, spy flicks, or film noir. But did you know that there is a rich history of telegraphs? Ever wonder about telegraphy, the art of using telegraph? And what about the people who used it? This week, hosts Nick Handfield-Jones and Roger Hudson interview Michael Feagan, who tells us about telegraph culture in Canada during the 1800s. He tells us about the unique characteristics of Canadian telegraphy and about the difficulties faced by telegraphers at the time. Plus, don’t miss a live demonstration of morse code!

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Hosts: Roger Hudson & Nick Handfield-Jones 

Produced by Gregory Robinson

REBROADCAST #GradLife Episode I: Impostor Syndrome and Feeling Like Garbage

This week we’re bringing you our very first #Gradlife episode! Based on popular demand, our first episode is on Impostor Syndrome! Impostor Syndrome, or feeling like you are a fraud, affects many graduate students, regardless of their success or accomplishments. In this episode, hosts Viki Telios, Monica Molinaro, and Gavin Tolometti discuss their experiences of feeling like frauds in their time in graduate school, and talk about what helps them when they experience peaks of impostor syndrome. They also discuss triggers and tricks for impostor syndrome submitted by other graduate students.

YouTube video version available here.

SOGs resources page: http://sogs.ca/resources/

Mental Health Resource Guide: http://studentexperience.uwo.ca/student_experience/wellness_initiatives/mental_health_resource_guide.html

Western's Mental Wellbeing Resource: https://www.uwo.ca/health/mental_wellbeing/resources.html

CMHA Middlesex: https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/

 

Produced by Gregory Robinson

 

#GradLife On Holiday: “When are you done?” And Other Annoying Questions

Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Except the worried grad student who has a grant application due Dec.27th
In this episode, Monica, Viki, Gavin and Greg discuss their experiences over the winter holiday, the questions they (repeatedly) get asked, and how guilty they feel taking a break.

Produced by Baby Greg on a boat

Episode #254 Many Stories of the Trans Identity

On tonight’s exciting episode, hosts Connor Chato and Joyla Furlano are joined by Anthropology master’s student Evelyn Newland. Evelyn's ethnographic work examines the lives of transgender people from a medical, political and cultural perspective, and explores topics such as self-conceptions and pre-conceptions within the transgender community.

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Produced by Gavin Tolometti

Episode #253 Caring for Caregivers

Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's can make everyday tasks like getting dressed and going to the bathroom immensely challenging, which is why most people with the disease rely on informal caregivers, often family members, to help maintain their quality of living. But what's it like to be a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness? Lisa Moszczynski, master's student in Health and Rehabilitation Science, has been researching the difficulties caregivers face - feelings of invisibility, lack of agency, and inability to access support - in order to work towards providing more effective resources to these invaluable informal workers. This week, hosts Connor Chato and Yimin Chen learn about the frequently-invisible family labour involved in living with Parkinson's disease.

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Produced By Gavin Tolometti

Episode #252: Rock Hard for Hard Rocks

Russell has been a working man since he was 10; first running his own very successful neighborhood lawn services business, and now working as a Mechanical Engineer at a Junior Mineral Exploration Company. So why is Russel even in school doing his Masters? Tune in and listen to hosts Greg and Nik pick his brain about how to get your job to pay for your education. 

 

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Produced by Gregory Robinson

Episode #251: The Graveyard of Scientific Theories

Yousuf Hasan, PhD student at Rotman Institute of Philosophy, tells hosts Ariel Frame and Gavin Tolometti about his research on 20th century history of science and mathematics. Yousuf discusses how scientists need think about current best theories given how many past theories have gone from being considered the best to completely falsified. In addition, Yousuf explains how empiricists explain mathematical knowledge. To find out more about Yousuf, go to the Rotman UWO website.

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Episode #250: Trouble making our cellular toolkit

Proteins are some of the most fundamental tools in our cells. In many cases they are not just the metaphorical "bread and butter" of our biochemistry, but also the butter-knife and the hand that holds it. On this episode of gradcast, hosts Nikol Posnov and Connor Chato speak with Josh Isaacson, a researcher of one of the fundamental tools that assembles these proteins: tRNA. Tune in for a talk about this biochemical starting point, and what can go wrong when it doesn't work quite as expected. To find out more about Josh you can follow him on Twitter @JoshIsaacson

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Produced by Laura Munoz

Episode #249: BGRF 2019 Mutant Flies & Model Bees

This episode, hosts Joyla Furlano and Gregory Robinson interview two guests from the Biology Graduate Research Forum (BGRF) on October 18th, 2019. Josh Isaacson, the first guest, talks about his research on mutating tRNAs in Drosophila, which are important building blocks of proteins. Our second guest, Vonica Flear, shares with us her research on modelling altruistic behaviour as seen in bee colonies. Tune in to learn more!

Produced by Gavin Tolometti and Gregory Robinson