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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.