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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!


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.