Episode #227: The Svelte Fool Who Works on Melt Pools

Hosts Nikol Posnov and Ariel Frame speak with Will Yingling, an MSc student in geology and planetary science, about his work on impact melt pools on Mars. Using various sources of data from Mars orbiters, Will explains what he is learning about mapping the topography of Mars (the landscape) and how meteorite impacts have shaped its surface. To find out more about Will you can contact him on twitter @mars_mapper or take a look at his website willyingling.com

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Produced by Gavin Tolometti

Episode #226: Monkey See Monkey Do

Have you ever watched somebody look off in the distance at something behind you and then immediately turn to look at whatever it is their seeing? That exact response is what PhD Student Borna Mahmoudian studies. It's a fascinating little feature that helps gives social skills to us humans and some other animals (Including the Old-World Monkeys Borna Studies). Hosts Nikol Posnov and Connor Chato chat about the neurological mechanics of this response and what it's like studying this in a lab with our incredibly smart evolutionary cousins. 

To find out more about Borna you can find him on twitter @borna__m or on Dr. Julio Martinez's lab website http://martinezlab.robarts.ca/.

Hosts: Connor Chato & Nikol Posnov

Produced by Ariel Frame

Episode #225: Cannabis and Blowing Smoke - It’s Not All THC and CBD

In this episode, neuroscience Ph.D. student and fellow GradCast colleague Roger Hudson joins hosts Gregory Robinson and Nikol Posnov to speak about his research on the interactions between THC and CBD in the brain within the context of recent events related to cannabis legalization in Canada. Roger shares with us the knowledge he has acquired over his years of conducting cannabis research. Topics such as THC-induced psychosis, the infamous 'indica-sativa' dichotomy, and edible products for medical cannabis patients are discussed.

Hosts: Nikol Posnov & Gregory Robinson

Produced by Connor Chato

Episode #224: Western Research Forum Part 2

In part 2 of GradCast's coverage of the 2019 Western Research forum, Yimin Chen brings you conversations with nursing PhD student Yasin Yasin, psychology PhD student Laura Johnson, and physical chemistry master's student Sarai Guerrero.

Host: Yimin Chen

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Produced by Gregory Robinson

Episode #223: Western Research Forum Part 1

In part 1 of GradCast's coverage of the 2019 Western Research forum, Roger Hudson and Yimin Chen bring you conversations with mechanical and material engineering master's student Sara Holland, master's of education student Bella Wang, and health and rehabilitation PhD student Humberto Omana.

Hosts: Yimin Chen & Roger Hudson

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Produced by Gregory Robinson

Episode #222 Sick of Suffering with Staph? Perk up with PurR

In this episode, hosts Roger Hudson and Monica Molinaro talk to Dr. Mariya Goncheva, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Our hosts and Mariya talk about the infamous Staphylococcus aureus. They discuss the mutant purr gene that Mariya studies, how antibiotics work, and her experience finishing her PhD and starting her post-doc as an international student in Canada!

To learn more about Dr Mariya Goncheva research and her lab go to https://www.heinrichslab.com

Hosts: Roger Hudson & Monica Molinaro

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Produced and edited by Gavin Tolometti

Episode #221: DynoMite

The humble spider-mite is a cousin of the spider with an incredibly diverse diet, letting them live and feast on plants all over the world. In their talk with master's student David Letwin - hosts Connor Chato and Nikol Posnov get down to the genetic code that makes these tiny critters and what it's like to share a lab with thousands of them. We learn about the evolutionary factors that allow animals to eat what they eat and how certain expansions in the genome may make Spider Mites frustratingly good at eating all the veggies we try and grow. To find out more about David's work you can email him at dletwin3@uwo.ca

Hosts: Connor Chato & Nikol Posnov

Produced by Ariel Frame

GradCast on Tour: Society for Neuroscience 2018 Part 2

The Society for Neuroscience annual conference remains the largest international conference for neuroscience research, hosting upwards of 25,000 neuroscientists each year. GradCast had the opportunity to interview two conference attendees about their cutting-edge research for Neuroscience 2018. In part 2 of this 2-part series, hosts Viki Tellios and Joyla Furlano discuss effective MRI image analysis from work done by Guy Hwang in the Medical Physics department from the University of Wisconsin. As well, Roger Hudson along with Viki Tellios interview Michelle Stone from California State University of San Bernardino about her research associated with the neural sensitization response of cannabinoids. 

To learn more about Guy Hwang's research: https://neurofmri.bme.wisc.edu/

To learn more about work from Michelle Stone's lab: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sanders_Mcdougall

Hosts: Joyla Furlano, Roger Hudson, & Viki Tellios

Produced by Roger Hudson & Chantal Lemire

Episode #220: the Super-Powered Stomach of a Spider Mite

In this entertaining episode, GradCast hosts Chantal and Nikol talk with masters student in biology Zoran Culo and his partner-in-crime, Peanut, about the spider-mite research labs at western. Zoran explains why the tiny spider-mite is a big pest for plant lovers, and what western researchers are doing to develop alternative pest control strategies for sustainable agriculture.
 
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Hosts: Nikol Posnov & Chantal Lemire

Produced by Gregory Robinson

GradCast on Tour: Society for Neuroscience 2018 Part 1

The Society for Neuroscience annual conference remains the largest international conference for neuroscience research, hosting upwards of 25,000 neuroscientists each year. GradCast had the opportunity to interview two conference attendees about their cutting-edge research for Neuroscience 2018. In part 1 of this 2-part series, hosts Roger Hudson and Viki Tellios learn about novel methods associated with the classical fear conditioning paradigm, from work done by Peter Zambetti from the University of Washington. As well, Roger Hudson along with Joyla Furlano interview Jamal Williams from Princeton University about his research testing the interaction between classical and jazz music on event segmentation within the brain. 

To learn more about Peter Zambetti's work: http://faculty.washington.edu/jeansokk/index.html

Contact info for Jamal Williams: jamalw@princeton.edu

Hosts: Joyla Furlano, Roger Hudson, & Viki Tellios

 Produced by Roger Hudson and Chantal Lemire