Author: Heather Speckman, PhD candidate studying big data and tree physiology
Most rappers don't rap statistics.
Most rappers don't rap neuroscince.
Most rappers don't rap natural selection.
Most rappers aren't Baba Brinkman.
I don't usually listen to rap. But when I do, it's Baba Brinkman.
When having a Bachelor's degree isn't enough, Baba Brinkman went the extra mile for a Master's -- in literature of all subjects! Strange hobby for a guy who spent his years planting trees and studying primatology and human evolutions. And then he went and married a neuroscientist!
For the last decade Baba Brinkman has map a living rapping about all sorts of subject from Canterbury Tales, evolution, climate change, Bayesian statistics, religion, DNA, and psychology.
You know, it seems strange for me to tell you about a showman. So I'm just going let Baba Brinkman about genetics and heterozygote advantages:
Author: Heather Speckman, a PhD candidate studying big data and tree physiology
"I shoot trees for science."
Hello, my name is Heather Speckman I will be your blog master for this week! Where to start talking about me…. Yes, I am a scientist, but I feel that term comes with such stereotypes and frankly…. Frankly it’s Friday and I’m not in the mood for stereotypes. So I hereby dub this "Stereotype Slaying Friday"!
Let’s talk about what a scientist actually is and is not.
Stereotype Number #1: Scientists wear lab coats.
Well, I’m a scientist and I do have a lab coat…. I wear it like twice a year when I need to bleach things. Here’s some other gear I use:
Author: Daniel Beverly, PhD candidate studying plant physiology
My Name is Daniel Beverly and I will be running the SciComm blog this week.
I am a fluxer—doing science to understand changes of mass and energy—interested in how plants use water and carbon. However, I am here to focus on how we can better express and communicate science to non-specialist audiences.
Science is a vital tool though it is too often misconstrued with poor communication. My goals for promoting science communication is reducing the stigma of not understanding scientific inquiry. I want to make scientific concepts fun and exciting for vastly different audiences, while trying to alleviate the misconception that science is not for everyone. Secondly, can we (as a community) promote critical thinking on how scientific finding expand our understanding of the world.
Author: Melanie Torres, PhD candidate studying amphibians
If you couldn't tell, I love puns. Especially science puns! Considering this round of featured scientists work with soil profiles, plant research, and how invasive species impact forests and water consumption, it would be an insilt to not write some unbeleafably terrible puns. I hope you can all photosympathize with me ... :)
All joking aside, the next three aspiring science communicators are partaking in some fantastic research. Chelsea Duball is a soil scientist studying how ecological communities instigate soil development, whereas Dan Beverly is focusing on the consumption habits of upland plants. Meanwhile, Heather Speckman researches the impacts of the invasive bark beetle on water flow regimes. Definitely take a listen, and feel free to comment!
Introduction recorded and produced by Daniel Beverly
Introduction recorded and produced by Chelsea Duball
Introduction recorded and produced by Michelle Mason
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