Season 2, Episode 6: Image of Research Contest Part 2: “Relaxing the Reds” with Molly Frank



Welcome to STEAM Talk, Season 2, Episode 6. This is part two of our series on The Image of Research Contest at Illinois State. This contest is held by the Office of Student Research, for more information on the contest and the Office, please listen to Season 2, Episode 5.

Molly Frank graduated from Illinois State University in May 2021 with her Bachelor’s in Conservation Biology and Zoology. During her time at Illinois State, Molly took on an internship at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, where she was able to get up close and personal with the facility’s adorable red pandas. Molly’s job was to help socialize these pandas so they would grow accustomed to their handlers and their veterinarians! While working at the Zoo, she took many photographs, including the amazing image entitled, ‘Relaxing the Reds’ which won the People’s Choice Award in the 2021 Image of Research Contest at Illinois State.

Join us as we talk with Molly about her journey to Illinois State, her internship, her passion for saving the planet, and what show she’s currently binging on Netflix!


Season 2, Episode 5: Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University, Part 1: Office of Student Research



Welcome to STEAM Talk, Season 2, Episode 5. This episode kicks off a series of interviews centered around the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University. In this episode, Kara and Courtney discuss the Office of Student Research on campus with special guests, Dr. Gina Hunter (Director of the Office of Student Research and Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University), Dr. Noelle Selkow (interim director of the Graduate School since January 2019 and an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation as a member of the athletic training faculty), and Dr. John Bauer (professor of chemistry and previously served as Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies from 2013-2020). All three guests have a passion for advocating for student research on campus!

This podcast is brought to you by the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Research at Illinois State University.

 


Season 2 Episode 4: Let’s Talk Composing Music in Virtual Reality




In a continuation of Episode 3, Kara and Courtney talk all things solsticeVR with creator Dr. Roy Magnuson.

How do you get access to solsticeVR? How do you compose music using the software? What does that music sound like? Did Roy have any terrible errors while creating this amazing project? Find out on Episode 4!

This episode features sound samples created in solsticeVR by Illinois State University alumnus Kyle Waslewski and current Illinois State graduate student Brennon Best.


Season 2 Episode 3: Let’s Talk Music and Technology



Dr. Kara Baldwin and Courtney O. sit down to talk about how technology has impacted and enhanced Dr. Roy Magnuson’s music career! Dr. Magnuson started his career journey as a composer and discusses how his “say yes!” attitude lead to him becoming the creator of a musical Virtual Reality experience known as Solstice. Dr. Magnuson is faculty in the School of Music at Illinois State and is an instructor for a course in Creative Technology. Roy puts the “Art” in S.T.E.A.M…and also the “Technology”


STEAM Talk Season 2 Episode 2: Researching Crickets and Turtles



In a continuation of Episode 1, Courtney and Kara talk to two Illinois State University School of Biological Sciences Ph. D. candidates. Rosario Marroquin-Flores and Ian Rines discuss their research projects. Ian describes surprising findings from a study he co-authored on decorated crickets that was also published in Research Spotlight Journal and PubNavigator through SACNAS ISU [see episode 1 for more details about SACNAS ISU]. Rosario, the president of SACNAS ISU, discusses her research working with temperature-dependent sex determination in turtles. 


Season 2 Episode 1: Let’s Talk SACNAS



Welcome to season 2 of STEAM Talk podcast. This season, we are featuring two new hosts and tackling our interviews in two-part increments! Part one of our interview with Rosario Marroquin-Flores and Ian Rines is all about SACNAS (Society Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) ISU!

Rosario and Ian are both Ph. D. Candidates at Illinois State University who both experienced personal and professional growth through the organization on campus. Listen to hear their stories, learn about SACNAS ISU, and get involved on campus! This organization is open to all students whether they are STEM majors or not. Involvement in organizations on campus helps students build community and empower themselves. Let’s talk SACNAS!


Episode 4: Dr. Rebekka Darner



Hello listeners! We have a special treat! Dr. Rebekka Darner at Illinois State University school of biological sciences talks about her awesome name, her inspiration for starting this VERY podcast, and her journey into education and inclusion in STEM fields. Join us as we tackle science denial and what we can do to contribute to science literacy.


Episode 2: Dr. Matt Caplan



Dr. Matt Caplan, a nuclear physicist here at Illinois State University, joins STEAM Talk to discuss his exciting research on neutron stars. Dr. Caplan is also a contributor to the famed YouTube channel “Kurzgesagt“–Check it out, it’s totally worth the click.

 


Episode 1: Dr. Andres Vidal-Gadea



Welcome to STEAM Talk!

This is episode one with Dr. Andres Vidal-Gadea, a Molecular Neuroethology professor at Illinois State University in the School of Biological Sciences. Dr. Vidal-Gadea is here with us to talk about his research in fighting against Duchenne muscular dystrophy, why we should all appreciate worms, his transition from living in Uruguay to the USA, and his best advice for students!

STEAM Talk Podcast is a production of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology.