Dr. Shawn Hitchcock Part 1



Welcome to another episode of STEAMtalk, in this two part conversation series, we invite Dr. Shawn Hitchcock to take us on a journey through his life leading up to his position at Illinois State University, his recent award for teaching, and the importance of mentorship.

Dr. Hitchcock is a professor of organic chemistry at Illinois State University. For more information on Illinois State University and the chemistry program click here: https://chemistry.illinoisstate.edu/

Article referenced in episode: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2021/09/dr-shawn-hitchcock-wins-nobcche-outstanding-teaching-award/

STEM Alliance at Illinois State University: https://universitycollege.illinoisstate.edu/communities/stem-alliance/index.php

More information about the Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teaching Award: https://www.nobcche.org/henry-c–mcbay-award

 

 

 


MINI-SODE: Undergrad Research Opportunities w/ Dr. Gina Hunter



Hello STEAMTalk listeners! Welcome to the first ever “mini-sode” (mini-episode) of STEAMTalk. This short interview features friend of the show Dr. Gina Hunter of the Office of Student Research at Illinois State University. This interview focuses on current opportunities for undergraduate student researchers at Illinois State and explains how to get involved! The perfect episode for anyone interested in doing research at the undergrad level at Illinois State!

Here are some links to resources mentioned in the episode:

Office of Student Research at Illinois State University: https://studentresearch.illinoisstate.edu/ 

Follow link to find page where you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Gina Hunter or Grad Assistant Sam Bruner: https://studentresearch.illinoisstate.edu/about/ 

Grants and Funding: https://studentresearch.illinoisstate.edu/funding/ 


Image of Research Contest Part 5: Sargylana Cherepanova



Welcome to our fifth and final episode of our series on the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University. We are so honored to be sitting down to talk with one of the first place winners of the contest, Sargylana Cherepanova!

Lana is a graduate student in the Wonsook Kim School of Fine Art. She is working on her MFA in painting, and works with software to create non-video game art pieces. Lana is from an artic city called Yakustk, which is known for being one of the coldest places in the world! Her culture and homeland bring inspiration to her pieces, including the winning submission for the contest, “Sun Time, and Vivid Dreams”

Enjoy our interview with Lana! The 2022 Image of Research Contest is openly accepting admissions from October 1st – November 12th 2021.

Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5EswR3d7X6BxjPSQcP4Mg8?si=LSoz_jY3Sh2mXyDQ2y5sAQ&dl_branch=1

Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/image-of-research-contest-part-5-sargylana-cherepanova/id1531801472?i=1000537642292

Listen on Stitcher: https://listen.stitcher.com/yvap/?af_dp=stitcher://episode/87299894&af_web_dp=https://www.stitcher.com/episode/87299894

 


Image of Research Contest Part 4: RaeAnn Huffman



Episode 8 of STEAMTalk is part four of our five part series on the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University. RaeAnn Huffman graduated with her Master’s degree in Agriscience from Illinois State University in Spring 2021. She submitted a photo entitled, “Agronomic Intercropping Systems in Corn and Soybeans” and received the People’s Choice Award in the Graduate Category!

The Image of Research Contest is brought on by the Office of Student Research at Illinois State Unversity. Submissions for the 2022 Image of Research Contest open October 1st 2021.


STEAMTalk Episode 7: Image of Research Contest Part 3, Maggie DeMaegd



Welcome to STEAM Talk Image of Research Contest Part 3: Maggie Demaegd!

Maggie received an honorable mention in the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University with her meme-inspired image! We spoke to Maggie about her process in deciding what to submit to the contest, her work in the Wolfgang Steins’ Crab Lab, and more!


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.