BOS Science

12
Dec

Listener Questions: Bertoldi Material and Structure Lab

Cause baby all I want for Christmas… is your Listener Questions! You guys know the drill; before my next set of BOS Science interviews, I tell you guys a little about the research these wicked smaht scientists are working on, and you guys come up with your very own questions that I'll ask the guests on the show!

 

Next up I'll be talking with Professor Katia Bertoldi and graduate student David Mélançon of the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design" at Harvard University. To get you ready for their interviews, I'm going to tell you a little about their fascinating research on Metamaterials and Soft Robotics!

 

What does that look like? How about computer algorithm generated programmable structures? Or maybe some bio-inspired, flexible robots that can crawl and even dance? I promise, these topics are going to blow you away, and if you're anything like me, you'll have a million questions to ask by the end of the episode.

 

Make sure to send me your questions by Midnight (E.S.T), of Saturday December 19th to have a chance to hear your name and question read on the show. I love ALL QUESTIONS, complex or simple, genius or stupid; each one is a gift I treasure forever. You can send your question to BOSsciencepodcast@gmail.com, and make sure to check out the shows Instagram, twitter, or Facebook to see pics of the awesome stuff talked about in today's episode.

 

What better way than to share some of that holiday joy, than with a listener question? I can tell you know, it would definitely make my season bright <3

 

SHOW NOTES:

31
Oct

Sound-Byte 3: Brains

I....Want....BRAAAAAINS!!! At least, that is, to tell you all about them on this special Halloween Sound Byte episode! Join me as I explore the amazing world of neuroscience and how Boston scientists are working to understand, model, and treat the brain.

In today's episode you'll learn how neurons work, the surprising size of the brain, what types of food best describe the brain, how memories can be manipulate using laser beams, what to do to become more creative while you sleep, how you can model the brain using microchips and silk donuts, the newest treatments for brain diseases and disorders, and why zombies crave brains. So grab your candy corn and get ready to be spooked!

Show Notes:

Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

 

Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience and follow the simple instructions to post your review.

2
Oct

Episode 2: Nature meets Nanomedicine, Part 2 ft. Prof Thomas Webster

Guess who's back… Back again… Grace is back… with Part 2 of Nature meets Nanomedicine! FINALLY! (Am I right?)

 

Today's long awaited episode features the director and head honcho of the Webster Nanomedicine Lab at Northeastern University, Professor Thomas Webster himself! With over 20 years of experience in the field of nanomedicine, Prof. Webster has been around the block and he's got some wild stories to tell. From creating nano-featured titanium implants that enhance bone growth, to designing internal biosensors that will change the future of healthcare, the Webster lab really does it all, including researching a whole mess of different nanotechnology strategies to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 virus!

 

So take a seat, grab a drink, and join me as I learn about how a nanoparticle spray can keep your iPhone germ free, what makes gold ions turn blue or pink, how nanocrystals and other crazy shit grow on the surface of our bones, technology that uses self assembled nanomaterial blankets to stop virus's, and why you should never use a bathroom for a recording studio.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Today's Guest: Professor Thomas J. Webster

  • Professor in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University
  • Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering
  • Director of Webster Nanomedicine Lab

 

Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

 

Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience and follow the simple instructions to post your review.

24
Jul

Sound-Byte 2: PRIDE in STEM

Get your rainbow flags out and get excited for the second ever Sound-Byte episode of BOS Science! It doesn't have to be PRIDE month to share and celebrate the many wonderful ways the LGBTQ+ community make our whole world better, especially when it comes to the world of STEM.

 

Being a scientist is amazing and challenging, but being openly queer in STEM can be even more immensely challenging, as most of the scientists we hear about in history or encounter in our daily lives identify as cis and straight. But even if it doesn't seem like it, there are so many AMAZING queer scientists out there making our world a better place!

 

In today's episode, I'm going to be highlighting 7 absolutely wicked smaht scientists who are all making huge waves in the world of STEM, and who are all proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. There's nothing that these queer scientists cant do, whether it's studying how to design proteins to fight off viral infections, using transplanted pancreas cells to cure type 1 diabetes, cultivating native plant species in local parks, and even cutting up DNA to cure genetic disorders! I hope you all enjoy this not-so-mini sound byte episode, and are inspired to reach out and learn more about the many amazing LGBTQ+ scientists working in STEM today.

 

 

Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

 

Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to all the LGBTQ+ scientists who agreed to be featured on today's show! 

 

Evans Wralstad; Chemical Biology Scientist studying RNA Proteins to fight viral infections
 • Instagram: @evans.wralstad
 • Email: evansw@mit.edu

 

Katherine Brainard; Horticulturist managing native plant species in public park in Boston
 • Instagram: @wanderingkatherine

 

Hannah Spinner; Protein Engineer developing the worlds best CRISPR systems for genetic diseases
 • Instagram: @pl.han.t
 • Twitter: @bellspinner
 • Email: bellespinner@gmail.com

 

Lucas Carstensen; Neuroscientist working to understand spatial navigation and memory
 • Twitter & instagram @lc_carstensen
 • Email: lucascarstensen@gmail.com

 

Emma Snyder; Future genetic counselor and clinical research assistant focusing on Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome

• Instagram: @emmasnyder

 

Tré Artis; Biomedical Scientist focusing on epigenetic changes in DNA and relation towards blood diseases.
 • Website: Iamtreartis.com
 • Instagram: @tre_artis
 • Twitter: @iamtreartis

 

Maria; Immuno-Engineer researching transplanted pancreas cells ability to effect hormone secretion

Organizations for Queer Scientists:

Queer in Stem: https://www.queerstem.org/

 

Out in Stem (oSTEM): https://ostem.org/

 

NOGLSTP: National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc. https://www.noglstp.org/

 

15
Jul

Episode 2: Nature meets Nanomedicine, Part 1 ft. David Medina

“Size doesn’t matter”. At least, not when it comes to the field of nanotechnology! In today’s first ever two part episode, I meet with graduate student David Medina from the Webster Nanomedicine Lab at Northeastern University, to learn about all the fantastic work he's doing to use nanomedicine to help treat a whole range of bacterial infections. While he's tackling the challenges of obtaining a PhD, David has used his unique skill sets in chemistry and biology to introduce a new division to Northeastern called the Green Chemistry Lab, where he and other students use naturally inspired materials like fruit, milk, and even actual bacterial cells to make nanoparticles!

Come listen to hear about the amazing world of green nanotechnology, and join me as I learn about how small a nanometer really is, how artists from the 4th century used gold and silver nanoparticles to make art, how bacteria cells deal with toxic relationships, what bacteria poop looks like, how you can use groceries for nanomedicine, what a durian fruit is and why you can't bring it on public transport, and what it means to be green in nanotechnology!

 

SHOW NOTES:

Today's Guest: David Medina Cruz: PhD Student in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University

Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience and follow the simple instructions to post your review. 

 

 

24
Jun

Listener Questions: Porter Nano Acoustic Lab

Everyone get your thinking caps out and get excited, because the next interviews for "BOS Science" are right around the corner. But before I can get down to brass tacks with these scientists, I need your help!

Coming up, I talk to Professor Tyrone Porter and the lab members at the Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Lab at Boston University. Before I sit down with my next guests, I'm going to give you some details on some of the wicked cool science that is being worked on at the lab. Now you get the chance to submit your very own questions about this research, which will be answered by these scientists live on the show! And trust me, you're going to want to ask a million questions after you read all about this lab's amazing research.

Our next guests come from the NanoMedAL lab, who's main goal is to integrate the best of engineering, chemistry, and biology all in one using one common technology: ultrasound. These scientists are working on some truly fascinating research, including:

1. Microbubble Treatment for Vascular Dementia
2. Ultrasound-mediated Blood-Brain Barrier Opening
3. Acoustic Droplet Vaporization & Tumor Ablation

Take a listen to today's episode to hear a little about each of these exciting topics, or take a look at the article links to learn more about Professor Porter and the research being done at the NanoMedAL. With all the exciting science going on at this lab, you're bound to have a question or two floating around in that big brain of yours, so do me a huge favor and jot those questions down and send them to me. Every question is welcome here, no matter how big or small, complicated or simple; I accept and love them all <3

Write your questions in the comments below or send me an email if you want to stay anonymous (no judgement, your secret's safe with me). You can submit your questions until 8:00 am (EST) on Monday, June 29th, so better get started now!
Thank you guys in advance for your questions, I know they are going to be amazing because you guys are amazing! Subscribe to make sure you don't miss the next episode of "BOS Science", and I'll see y'all next time!
 
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5
Jun

#PodcastBlackout

Science is important. Stopping racism is more important.

This week, instead of posting a regular episode, I will be participating in the #PodcastBlackout movement to show my support for those protesting police brutality and social injustice in the USA, and around the world. 

It is everyone's responsibility to stand up and call out the systemic racism that has targeted the Black community for far too long. Please join me and support this incredibly important effort to bring awareness to the injustices that have occurred and continue to occur across the country. Not sure how to help? Take a look at the many resources listed below:

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15
May

Sound-Byte 1: Research Roundup COVID-19

Welcome listeners to the newest segment of BOS Science, called "Sound-Bytes"! For these episodes, each month I'll research, write, and present on a new hot topic in the field of science; all in the span of 20 minutes. What can I say, I'm smart, funny, AND efficient!

In today's episode, I'll be discussing a topic that has captured the entire world's attention; the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few short months, this virus has spread to over 212 countries, generating more than 4.2 million cases and 280,000 deaths world wide. Luckily we have lots of wicked smaht people all across Boston who are working tireless to find ways to understand, detect, prevent, and treat the COVID-19 infection. From virus detecting face masks to anti-viral nose sprays, these scientists have come up with some amazing ways to help fight this disease.

It's not easy being stuck in quarantine, and not knowing what work is being done to get us out of quarantine, can be even more nerve racking. So take a minute, turn off Netflix, grab a drink (as if you don't already have one), and let me help ease some of your worries, by learning all about the amazing work being done in Boston to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

SOURCES:

Information on statistics, history, and biology of virus.

All articles about the research discussed in this episode, can be found linked in show notes above.

8
May

Call for Listener Question’s: Webster Nanomedicine Lab

Everyone get your thinking caps out and get excited, because the next interviews for "BOS Science" are right around the corner. But before I can get down to brass tacks with these scientists, I need your help!

In the next episode, I talk to the Webster Nanomedicine Lab at Northeastern University, to learn about how this research group is working to use nanotechnology as a way to diagnose and treat disease. Before I sit down with my next guests, I'm going to give you some details on some of the wicked cool science that is being worked on at the Webster lab. Now you get the chance to submit your very own questions about this research, which will be answered by these scientists live on the show! And trust me, you're going to want to ask a million questions after you read all about this lab's amazing research.

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Our next guests will feature chemical engineering professor and director of the nanomedicine lab, Professor Thomas J. Webster, and one of the nanomedicine labs brightest graduate student's, David Medina Cruz. These scientists are working on some truly fascinating research, including:

1. Nanotech Implants that Improve Bone Growth and Prevent Infection

One of the most common complications that arises after a patient receives a surgical implant, is the risk of bacterial infection. To combat this problem, these researchers have developed implants with "nano-features" covering the surface that they've found has significantly decreased the ability of bacteria to attach to the surface, and as an added bonus, the nano-surface has also been found to stimulate new bone growth!

2. Nanoparticles to Detect and Destroy COVID-19 virus

The extremely small size of the COVID-19 virus makes it difficult to detect, but by using nanoparticles of similar small size, these researchers have been able to specifically bind the nanoparticle to the exterior of the virus, and then disrupt the virus's structure using infrared light therapy. These nanoparticles can be sprayed directly onto objects or surfaces to destroy the virus, or they can be injected into the body to target and destroy the virus from within!

3. "Trojan Horse" Nanoparticles Produced by Bacteria, which Target and Kill their own Parent Bacteria Cells

Turns out humans aren't the only ones who can create nanoparticles; these researchers found that by feeding bacteria cells specific chemical compounds, the bacteria's internal mechanisms will actually synthesize nanoparticles. If that isn't cool enough, these "bacteria produced nanoparticles" are found to be particularly effective at killing whatever type of cell was used to create them; this could be antibiotic resistant bacteria, or even cancer cells!

*in the voice of Billy Mays* But wait, THERE'S MORE! This crazy cool science has now been turned into a real life chemical company that focuses on using these techniques to develop biomedical agents to combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and chemotherapy-resistant tumors! 

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So are you freaking out from excitement yet? I sure am! Take a look at the article links to learn more about the Webster Labs research, and send me an email with whatever questions you have for our guests. No question is too big or too small, too complicated or too simple! You don't even have to give me your name, just SEND ME YOUR QUESTIONS!! You can submit your questions until 3:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, May 14th.

Thank you guys in advance for your questions, I know they are going to be amazing because you guys are amazing! Subscribe to make sure you don't miss the next episode of "BOS Science", and I'll see y'all next time!

 

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30
Apr

Episode 1: The Fabulous World of Functional Fibers

For many people, fashion is everything (I'm looking at you Kim K.) But what if the worlds of fashion and function could collide? What if we could have clothes that could record music, charge our phones, or even emit light?

It's not a dream, it's a soon to be reality, all with the help of functional fibers! In today's episode, I talk to MIT Professor Yoel Fink and a few of his lab members to learn how they are working on creating fibers that can one day replace the devices that surround us. These wicked smaht scientists have created fibers that can do all sorts of crazy things; emit and detect light, control and release drugs, and even lift weights (that's more than can be said for me)!

These "tech'd" out and decked out threads are revolutionizing how we think about fabrics. Join me as I learn all about the crazy yet fabulous world of functional fibers!

 

SHOW NOTES:

Today's guests; Prof. Yoel Fink, Dr. Tural Khudiyev, Gabriel Loke, and Juliette Alain.

For more about the research discussed on this show, check out the Fibers@MIT and AFFOA websites.

You can see these fabulous functional fibers in action and marvel as they lift weightsplay classical music, and of course glow!

Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

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