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scientificanada

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Scientificanada is a podcast collective focusing on science news and culture. We are… The AlmaMAC: weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU about grad students at McMaster University in Canada. Rotating host schedule (Adam Fortais, Shawn Hercules, and Matthew Berry) Random Walk: a show about interesting things host Adam Fortais stumbles upon. Topics include research as it is applied to the world of education, media, and well… pretty much anywhere. Monthly. CUPEcast: CUPE 3906 union news, strike and bargaining updates, and member profiles. Weekly while Unit 1 is in negotiations with McMaster Unv.


Random Walk 17: ComSciConCan #4 with Roshan Achal
Jul 6 • 37 min
THIS WEEK: Congrats to Dr. Roshan Achal (from University of Alberta), who had just convocated at the time of recording! In this episode, he tells us about the work he does, organizing, corralling, and placing individual atoms for nano-devices. We also…
Random Walk 16: ComSciConCan #3 with Gracielle Higino
Jun 29 • 33 min
THIS WEEK: Gracielle grew up in Brazil immersed in science (communication). Her dream has always been to be a scientist by day, and writer by night. She currently studies computational ecology at Université Montréal, and we talk about her work,…
Random Walk 15: ComSciConCan #2 with Sarah Turner
Jun 22 • 32 min
THIS WEEK: Sarah Turner studies Community Health Science at the University of Manitoba, focusing on breast milk, epidemiology, and health promotion. Her work in science communication stems from interest in science policy and advocacy. We talk about her…
Random Walk 14: ComSciConCan #1 with Tareq Yousef
Jun 9 • 47 min
AMPLIFY: This week Tareq introduced me to a few brilliant neuroscientists on Twitter. Give them a follow: @jarildy @futuredrdukes @danne_phd @RackebT THIS WEEK: Tareq is a Ph.D candidate at Dalhousie University studying Neuroscience via the retina of…
The AlmaMAC 168: Catching up with Adam and Shawn
May 31 • 31 min
Shawn has been writing covid-related grant proposals and Adam has been running at-home labs for first-year physics students. Adam shows off the best way to organize your spaghetti. We are are YouTube! Subscribe to never miss an episode!…
Random Walk 13: Dr. Shoshana Jacobs on Seabirds and the New Normal in Academia
May 14 • 43 min
Dr. Jacobs is an assoc. professor at the University of Guelph studying seabird ecology, with what I would call an extra special focus on mentorship, knowledge transfer, and equity in academia. We talked about academia’s response to the “C” word; the…
The AlmaMAC Episode 167: Science Sucks podcast visits The AlmaMAC (the second half)
May 7 • 39 min
The Science Sucks x AlmaMAC collab we’ve all been waiting for! Ive Velikova is a Science Communicator who did her undergrad at McMaster, started the Science Sucks radio show, and is juuuuust completing Canada’s only Masters program focusing on Science…
Random Walk 12: Pint of Science Canada 2020 with Alexandra Gelle!
May 7 • 38 min
** pintofscience.ca ** Alexandra Gelle is a Ph.D candidate at McGill University studying green chemistry. But today, we are talking about Pint of Science Canada 2020! Alexandra is the Director of the Canadian arm of the international festival, and it’s…
Random Walk 11: Pint of Science and Particle Smashing at the LHC with Ben Davis-Purcell
May 5 • 47 min
Ben Davis-Purcell smashes particles at the Large Hadron Collider as a part of ATLAS. He is also giving a talk as part of the Pint of Science Canada Festival next week. Tune in for a sneak peak into Ben’s research, a discussion about whether space or the…
The AlmaMAC Episode 166: Wine, Whiskey, Coffee, Beer, and the Maillard reaction w/ Hannah Charnock
Apr 23 • 31 min
The Maillard reaction what makes a lot of foods taste great. When sugars and proteins are heated, they created a cascade of delicious molecules that make toasted bread so nice, seared steaks so satisfying, and coffee drinkable. The Maillard reaction…
The AlmaMAC Episode 165: Designing at-home physics labs
Apr 18 • 46 min
Adam has put his PhD on hold for a semester to help emergency-redesign some of the first-year physics labs at McMaster. Because of COVID, the summer term will have to take place all online and at home. On this episode, Adam shows off the ultra-minimist…
Random Walk 7: Camp COVID #1 with Arthur Michaut
Apr 14 • 44 min
Arthur Michaud has a Ph.D from the University of Strasbourg in France, in developmental Biology. He is now working at Institut Pasteur France. He is also an extremely active science communicator. Arthur and Adam talk about what seems to be a societal…
Random Walk 10: Camp COVID #4 with Dr. Karen Kwon
Apr 14 • 41 min
Dr. Karen Kwon is a recent chemistry graduate from Columbia University, and freelance science writer. I talk to Karen about being named a AAAS Mass Media Science&Engineering Fellow which includes a 10-week placement at Scientific American, gaining writing…
The AlmaMAC Episode 164: Thrown into COVID-19 research with Dr. Alliston Kennedy (Host: Shawn)
Apr 12 • 30 min
Shawn talks to Dr. Allison Kennedy about taking on COVID-19 during an Instagram LIVE interview.
Random Walk 9: Camp COVID #3 with Sumeet Kulkarni
Apr 6 • 42 min
LIGO, writing for Scientific American, a bit of Ed Yong fanboying, and maybe.. just maybe… the birth of a new project? SciAm article: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/mind-the-mass-gap/ Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/Sumeet_kul…
Random Walk 8: Camp COVID #2 with Karmela Padavic-Callaghan
Apr 1 • 44 min
I had the chance to talk to Dr. Karmela Padavic-Callaghan about the brave new world of virtual conferencing and how it’s making science more accessible. The conference she attended was SCIENCE TALK ‘20.
The AlmaMAC Episode 162: Working from home with Adam and Shawn
Mar 27 • 29 min
Pretty much everything has shut down, and a lot of people are trying to work from home. Adam and Shawn hosted an Instagram Live show where they talked about the difficulties they are having with staying motivated, and how importance of face-to-face time…
The AlmaMAC episode 161: Fitness literacy with Hilary Caldwell
Mar 19 • 38 min
On episode 161 Adam talks to Hilary Caldwell, a kinesiology PhD candidate at McMaster University. One of the things Hilary is involved with is developing the concept of “Physical Literacy”. From wiki: Physical literacy is a fundamental and valuable human…
The AlmaMAC episode 159: Understanding hidden mysteries about Ataxia w/ Celeste (Host: Shawn)
Mar 5 • 28 min
Shawn talks with Celeste Suart from the Truant lab about ataxia! Find out more about ataxia research at SCAsource and Huntington’s Disease at HDBuzz which her lab also works on. Read more about how SCAsource was started here. If you want to reach out to…
The AlmaMAC episode 158 (Feb 27/20): How DNA is like an elastic band, science communication, and knowing your audience with Adam and Shawn
Feb 27 • 28 min
It’s a big “Communicating Science” week at the AlmaMAC! Shawn asks Adam about an article he got published called Researchers play with elastic bands to understand DNA and protein structures. It was written for non-experts, but is laying the groundwork for…
The AlmaMAC episode 157 (Feb 20/20): Drug Delivery in Cancer Using Creatively Complicated Nanoparticles w/ Matt (Host: Shawn)
Feb 21 • 28 min
Matt is in the Hoare Lab studying drug delivery with nanoscaled particles for cancer treatment. He’s also the winner of McMaster’s 3MT in 2019! Watch his winning talk here. That really long word he used is poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) and you…
The AlmaMAC episode 156: Food for Thought. Adam moderated McMaster’s Researchers’ Night (Host: Adam)
Feb 13 • 28 min
On Monday, Adam co-moderated the 2020 McMaster Researchers’ Night. The topic was FOOD, and included four panelists from diverse research backgrounds. Adam had a chance to sneak a question or two in during the evening and got some audio from the event.…
The AlmaMAC Episode 155 (Feb 6/20): 3 Minute Thesis is Back, and Dr. Bandler walks us through some award-winning examples (Host: Adam)
Feb 6 • 29 min
Dr. John Bandler is back this week to talk about the Three Minute Thesis Competition. He is hosting a workshop to help get you started on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 13th, and in anticipation of that, is here with Adam to dissect some award-winning examples, like…
The AlmaMAC episode 154 (Jan 30/20): Billy Bostad on heart health, interval training, returning to academia, smart watches… (Host: Adam)
Jan 30 • 29 min
Here’s the deal. You can get a 45 minute workout done in 10 minutes… but it’s going to be tough. Billy Bostad is working towards a PhD in McMaster’s Human Performance Lab. His work focuses on the physical responses everyday people have to extremely short,…
The AlmaMAC episode 153 (Jan 23/20): Shawn had a paper accepted! Also, 23andMe sold you out, and why that might be a good thing, and coronavirus (with Adam+Shawn)
Jan 23 • 29 min
Shawn had a chapter from his thesis accepted, to be published in Cancer! Hear about going from side project to accepted, with all the iteration and uncertainty in between. But first, we talk about commercial gene sequencing company 23andMe developing and…
The AlmaMAC: Matthew Jordan is back from Oxford to talk Artificial Intelligence, Science History, Funk, and Improv (Host: Adam)
Jan 16 • 30 min
Matthew Jordan graduated from McMaster’s Arts & Science Department, earned two Masters’ degrees at Oxford, and came back to teach McMaster undergrads about the history of science, and history, policy, philosophy, and ethics of Artificial Intelligence.…
The AlmaMAC: He Jiankiu Sentenced for 3 Years: CRISPR Fiasco (Host: Adam)
Jan 9 • 29 min
“Scientist He Jiankui showed the world how human embryo editing is relatively easy to do but incredibly difficult to do well.” (read more here). Adam and Shawn discussed this case, what CRISPR can be used for, the use of CRISPR in somatic vs germline…
Coming up in 2020: Spiders, storms and evolution (teaser)
Jan 2 • 7 min
What happens when a cyclone tears through a spider’s habitat? It gets mad. Like, generational anger. A grudge that gets passed down through their DNA? This year I am transitioning from graduate student to science writer, and I have successfully pitched my…
The AlmaMAC: Holiday wrap-up with Matt, Shawn, and Adam (Host: Shawn)
Dec 19, 2019 • 29 min
The whole team is here today! Hear what Matt, Shawn, and Adam have been up to this semester (getting awards, giving away thigh muscles. “Matt-leave”, etc.), an interesting fact about Rhianna, and what your hosts are planning for next semester (a field…
The AlmaMAC: Evidence-based medical protocols with Emily Sirotich (Host: Adam)
Dec 12, 2019 • 30 min
Emily Sirotich has got to have the hardest job. She is trying to create evidence-based protocols for when patients with a rare bleeding disorder come into the emergency ward. These are usually life-or-death situations, but because of the rarity of the…
The AlmaMAC: How do sleep and exercise work together to help with memory with Tara Kuhn (Host: Shawn)
Dec 8, 2019 • 29 min
Tara is a 2nd year MSc. student in Dr. Heisz’ Neurofit Lab in the Department of Kinesiology. She studies how physical activity and sleep interact as a protective measure for cognitive function Find out more about her lab’s previous work on exercise…
Random Walk E.4: Hamilton, sewergate, and keeping city council accountable with Thea Kozakis
Dec 3, 2019 • 33 min
Hamilton Ontario has been dumping sewage into our protected wetland consistently for 4 years via a leaking sewer. When city council found out, they chose to cover it up rather than address the issue. The Hamilton Spectator broke the story on November…
The AlmaMAC: Volunteering for a carpal tunnel syndrome study with Amanda Farias Zuniga (Host: Adam)
Nov 28, 2019 • 28 min
Amanda Farias Zuniga is a soon-to-graduate PhD candidate in the kinesiology department focusing on biomechanics. Recently, Adam volunteered for one of her studies which involved simulating carpal tunnel in his right arm. In this episode, Adam and Amanda…
The AlmaMAC // CUPEcast: Teaching assistants on strike? (Host: Adam)
Nov 21, 2019 • 29 min
This episode is a bit of a deviation from the norm. Graduate students who work as Teaching Assistants are part of a union (CUPE 3906). The union was set to go on strike starting next Monday, but in light of a new tentative agreement, the strike may be…
The AlmaMAC: Omega-3 and Muscle Repair in the Elderly (Host: Shawn)
Nov 15, 2019 • 29 min
Michael is a 2nd year MSc. student in the Parise Lab in the Department of Kinesiology. He studies how Omega-3 supplements can help in muslce repair in elderly. Find out more about his lab’s previous work here. If you are interested in helping him recruit…
CUPEcast Ep. 4: No concessions! No agreement? No board… :(
Nov 12, 2019 • 12 min
Spoiler: Conciliation didn’t go anywhere. We will be in legal strike position by the end of the month. Here’s what you need to know this week. You can follow Adam on Twitter @adamfortais…
The AlmaMAC: A new lease on (the origins of) life with Ben Pearce (Host: Adam)
Nov 7, 2019 • 28 min
This week Adam talks to Ben Pearce about his PhD work studying the origins of life. But he wasn’t always a physicist… Ben first graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Like many, he was enticed by the nice pay and began working in the oil…
CUPEcast Ep. 3: Tuesday is the big day…
Nov 4, 2019 • 7 min
Tuesday is the big day. Conciliation is happening this Wednesday, and as such, there is very little to report in terms of bargaining, so this one is pretty short. Adam briefly talks about one of the important bargaining points, paid pedagogical training,…
The AlmaMAC: Chilling tales of blood splatter and a blob that eats to learn (Host: Adam and Matt)
Oct 31, 2019 • 27 min
It’s the AlmaMAC Halloween Spooktacular, and this week Adam and Matt tell two terrifying tales. Adam tells a story of a man found guilty of murdering his wife and that blood splatter that got him, 35 years ago… and why, perhaps, the investigators were…
CUPEcast Ep. 2: Diving into the BOG (board of governors)
Oct 28, 2019 • 19 min
This week we bring you up to speed on McMaster’s Board of Governor’s meeting, and hear from CUPE 3906 President, Nathan Todd. A few important dates: General Member’s Meeting: October 30th at 12:00 pm in BSB 108 Conciliation begins: November 5th CUPE…
The AlmaMAC : Understanding Genetics of Rheumatic Heart Disease with Tafadzwa Machipisa (Host: Shawn)
Oct 27, 2019 • 29 min
Tafadzwa Machipisa is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Population Health Research Institute (McMaster) and Hatter Institute of Cardiovascular Research in Africa (University of Cape Town, South Africa). She currently investigates genes that are involved in…
CUPEcast Ep. 1 : What is CUPEcast? Bargaining updates (Oct 21, 2019)
Oct 21, 2019 • 13 min
Welcome to CUPEcast, a show about CUPE 3906 , the union for McMaster TAs, RAs, sessionals, postdocs, etc. In this first episode introduces the reason behind this podcast, introduces your host Adam, and will bring you up to date on the bargaining between…
Random Walk Ep.3 Ethics of Science Communication with Dr. John Bandler and Rachelle Ho (Host: Adam)
Oct 18, 2019 • 29 min
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and the SciGSA are hosting a very exciting talk on Tuesday, October 22nd. They are hosting Dr. John Bandler, decorated engineer and passionate science communicator, who will talk about the Ethics of Science…
Random Walk E.2 (Oct 10/19): Media Numeracy with Dr. David Venus (Host: Adam)
Oct 10, 2019 • 29 min
The Canadian (American) Federal (Presidential) elections are looming. This time around it seems like there is just as much discussion about the integrity of the candidates as there is about the media reporting on the candidates [cite]. #fakenews has…
The AlmaMAC: What’s up with White Nose Fungus with Adrian Forsythe (Host: Shawn)
Oct 3, 2019 • 28 min
This week we heard from Biology Ph.D. candidate, Adrian Forsythe and he told us all about his research with white nose syndrome in bats! You can follow him on Twitter at @adrian_forsythe. Read his latest findings on how adaptation occurs within White Nose…
The AlmaMAC: MiNDS vs Psych and Developmental Neurobiology with Shane Simon (Host: Matt)
Oct 2, 2019 • 27 min
Today’s guest was Shane Simon, a PhD student from the MiNDS Program in Psychology. We discussed the differences between the graduate neuroscience program and psychology program at McMaster (vote PNB!) as well as his research on the development of…
The AlmaMAC: Origins of life, grad life, and birding4lyfe with Sian Ford (Host: Adam)
Sep 20, 2019 • 29 min
This week I went for a walk and stood in a line with Sian Ford from the Earth Science department. We talked about her research on the origins of life. Specifically, how “lipid membranes” (the things that surround all the important junk in your cells)…
The AlmaMAC: Soapbox Science, Nobel Prizes and catching up with Carmen Lee from Ark&Anchor (Host: Adam)
Sep 13, 2019 • 28 min
I hung out with Carmen Lee (a fellow soft matter physicist) at one of our favorite places to study and she told me all about Soapbox Science (an outreach event in Toronto that she will be presenting at), and a really cool Nobel Prize conference she got to…
The AlmaMAC: Grape plasma, and research for fun with Hamza Khattak (Host: Adam, Sept 5/19)
Sep 6, 2019 • 27 min
Note: We had some microphone difficulties about halfway through the episode this week. Sorry! Hamza joined my lab a year ago. In his undergrad, he did some horrible things to microwaves, and wonderful things to grapes. Here, watch this.…
The AlmaMAC: Forecasting childhood health by studying placenta with Christian Bellissimo (Host: Adam)
Aug 29, 2019 • 27 min
Placenta is an incredible organ, and Christian Bellissimo tells us why. I guess I kind of always though the placenta was like the white of an egg. Oh boy was I wrong! Of course we know that early life stressors, including those during pregnancy, impact…
The AlmaMAC: Microbes and arsenic in the groundwater (in Bangladesh) with Reisa San Pedro (Host: Adam)
Aug 15, 2019 • 28 min
Arsenic is bad for you. It can be found in large quantities in rat poison, and it can be found in smaller (but still dangerous) quantities in groundwater. This is of particular concern in South-East Asia, and more specifically Bangladesh, where citizens…
The AlmaMAC: Hard Condensed Matter and the Role of Fundamental Research with Connor Buhariwalla (Host: Adam)
Aug 4, 2019 • 27 min
Connor studies hard condensed matter. This is a branch of physics that might not take centre stage in the media, but is at the heart of nearly every technology you interact with daily. Despite all of the useful things that have come from this area of…
The AlmaMAC: Psychology of Acting and Burnout in Grad School with Matt Berry (Host: Shawn)
Jul 30, 2019 • 29 min
Matt’s website: http://www.mbphd.ca B U R N O U T Definition: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279286/https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642 How to tell:…
Random Walk E.1 Education and psychology, and why you probably aren’t a “visual” learner… with Dr. Joe Kim (Host: Adam)
Jul 19, 2019 • 25 min
Adam put together a podcast! Random Walk is a podcast about interesting stuff Adam finds that doesn’t quite fit into the format of The AlmaMAC. In this episode, Adam had a chance to interview Dr. Joe Kim, wherein they discuss the theory of “multiple…
The AlmaMAC: Using elastic fibers to understand DNA, undersea cables, spider silk… with Adam Fortais (Host: Matt)
Jul 16, 2019 • 26 min
Matt talks to co-host and PhD candidate Adam Fortais about the experimental physics research he does. Adam studies “soft condensed matter”, or, squishy things. Specifically, he is working with thin elastic fibers (10x thinner than a human hair) to…
The AlmaMAC: Titan Arum with Shay Freger (Host: Adam and Matt)
Jul 9, 2019 • 25 min
Adam and Matt talk to recent graduate Shay Freger about Arthur, the Amorphophallus Titanum, aka, the Titan Arum, aka, the Corpse Plant. This plant, a roughly 6-foot behemoth, typically blooms only once every 7 or so years… and guess what! It’s blooming…