Special Episode: Chairs Chat

On this episode the past chairs of GradCast gather together to discuss their history on the podcast, their experiences and where they are now. This light hearted conversation with Alexander Moszczynski, Tristan Johnson, Susan Anthony and Ariel Frame is facilitated by longstanding committee member, Yimin Chen. Listen in to find out how it all started, how we've grown and what makes this production a special experience for Western University graduate students. 

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Recorded on Feb 5, 2021

Produced by Ariel Frame

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315 | Opportunities Unlimited at the Western Counties Lodge

In this episode, Rosemary Giles gives us an overview of all she knows about Western Counties Veterans Lodge, a rehab facility in London, ON that used to house soldiers recovering from World War 2. As an MA in History student, Rosemary enthusiastically explains to hosts Francesco Colosimo and Ariel Frame about the past functions and environment at this facility which she has determined to date and hopes to uncover in the future.

To find out more from Rosemary, follow her on Instagram @rosemary_giles 

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Recorded on Feb 23, 2021

Produced by Ariel Frame

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314 | A Stressful Bird Life

Contaminants in food sources can cause serious problems for wildlife physiology, especially for birds who feed of marine life and aquatic insects that are exposed to high levels of methylmercury (MeHg). On top of contaminants, birds experience food stress from many environmental factors such as predators, food shortage, unpredictable weather, and interaction with humans. Now, what happens when birds consume MeHg contaminants while experiencing food stress? Does this contaminant worsen the physiology of birds when under food stress or does it somehow counteract the effect? Biology PhD student Claire Bottini talks about her research on this topic with hosts Gavin Tolometti and Laura Munoz. Claire tells the hosts how she studies the effects that food stress and MeHg exposure have on the song sparrow species Melospiza melodia, and how she plans to continue her experiments through the pandemic.

To learn more about Claire's research, check out her twitter account @ClaireBottini

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Recorded on Feb 16, 2021

Produced by Laura Munoz Baena

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Special Episode: Discussing Marsha P. Johnson to Commemorate Black History Month

For Black History Month, on our show we had Western University's Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Racial and Inclusivity Commissioner (Denise Kamyuka) and the Pride Commissioner (Shannon Carnahan) to chat about an important documentary recently screened at a SOGS Advocacy event: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Denise and Shannon discussed the remarkable life of Marsha as the leading gay rights advocate especially in the Stonewall uprising in 1969. Hosts Elizabeth Mohler and Yousuf Hasan asked questions about Marsha's impact, mysterious death, and why Johnson chose "Marsha P. Johnson" as her drag queen name. 

Hear more about SOGS Advocacy on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SOGS.Advocacy and check out their upcoming online event on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021 AT 11 AM EST – 12:30 PM EST Anti-Racism and EDI in Higher Education with Dr. Kaniki https://www.facebook.com/events/535326700761000/

Denise Kamyuka is available by email at racial.equity@sogs.ca and Shannon-Thomas Carnahan is available by email at pride@sogs.ca or on the SOGS Discord https://discord.gg/A7hMX34 

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Recorded on Feb 15, 2021

Produced by Ariel Frame

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313 | Jumping from Mars to Icy Moons

Sample return on Mars, an ancient lake, oceans beneath the surface of icy moons. These are among the topics talked about in this episode!

In this episode, hosts Gavin Tolometti and Rhy Paterson talk with PhD student Leah Sacks in the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. Leah recently defended her M.Sc where she studied how material ejected from impact events on Mars are deposited on the surface. Now, she starts her PhD research studying the icy moons in our outer solar system! As a bonus! We talk about the Mars Perseverance rover mission, the newest NASA rover to land on the surface of Mars and collect samples that will be returned to Earth by another mission in the future.

If you would like to learn more about Leah's work on Mars and Icy Moons you can check out her website, Leah Sacks - Planetary Geologist (leahinspace.com) or follow her on Twitter @LithicLeah

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Recorded on Feb 9, 2021

Produced by Gavin Tolometti

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312 | Awareness of Storing Nuclear Waste

With the growth and increased use of nuclear energy in Canada, more research is being conducted to understand how nuclear waste should be stored safely and in permanent storage facilities. Hosts Elizabeth Mohler and Gavin Tolometti learn about nuclear waste storage from the Department of Chemistry PhD student Lindsay Grandy. Lindsay's research looks at the underlying processes of copper corrosion when it's exposed to ionizing radiation to be sure we understand how the copper layer will behave in this environment.

If you would like to learn more about Canada's permanent plan to store nuclear waste and Lindsay's lab research you can visit the NWMO and RAMPS website, or you can follow Lindsay on Twitter @drlinds

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Recorded on Feb 9, 2021

Produced by Gavin Tolometti

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311 | Talking Dirt-y About Antibiotic Resistance

Liam Brown, Masters student in Biology, gives us a tour through the history of antibiotic resistance. Liam tells Elizabeth Mohler and Ariel Frame about his research conducted at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research facility in London studying this topic and how the make up of fertilizer can impact antibiotic resistance in agricultural soil. For more about Liam's research, check Liam's ResearchGate or email him at lbrow55@uwo.ca

Recorded on Feb 2, 2021

Produced by Ariel Frame

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Special Episode: Indigenous Awareness Week 2021

For Western's 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (IAW), GradCast hosted two Indigenous Graduate Students to chat about their research. IAW celebrates Indigenous presence and builds community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. GradCast's IAW Special Episode has two parts: 

Part 1: Reconciliation – in progress?

Riley Corbin (MA French Candidate) discusses how he wants to use the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s, TRC, 94 calls to action to explore whether or not these calls had any effect on Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Part 2: The Role of Housing in Enhancing Access to Post Secondary Education for Indigenous Learners

Victoria Bomberry (MA Geography Candidate) chats about her research on enhancing understandings of the unique housing needs of Indigenous learners at Canadian post-secondary institutions.  Victoria’s research contributes to ongoing work to improve access to post-secondary education for Indigenous Peoples as well as efforts to address rising unaffordability of housing in Canadian urban centres. 

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Recorded on Jan 23, 2021

Produced by Gavin Tolometti

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310 | Brain Electrical Changes in an Autism Model

Raj Mann is a PhD student in the Neuroscience Program. She has worked diligently for years to perfect a difficult method of measuring the electrophysiology of individual neurons from the brains of rats. Raj tells Elizabeth Mohler and Ariel Frame how she has applied this method to a model of Autism and discovered how their neurons differ. 

To find out about Raj's work, check out her supervisor's lab website theschmidlab.com

Recorded on Jan 26, 2021

Produced by Ariel Frame

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309 | Another Look at Alzheimer’s disease

Asad Lone has nearly completed his PhD in biology. He tells Ariel Frame and Laura Munoz about the cell biology research he has done on the impact of p66Shc on cell metabolism and susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease brain pathology. Asad also discusses his interest in the ketogenic diet and post-PhD plans. 

To read about Asad's work, you can find him on ResearchGate

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Recorded January 19, 2020

Produced by Laura Munoz Baena

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