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Dr. Jan-Ulrik Dahl: Microbiology at Illinois State (1 of 2)

Welcome to STEAM Talk, a show where we explore the amazing world of academic research on campus at Illinois State University through conversation. This episode is the first half of our interview with professor if Microbiology and Principal Investigator of the Dahl Lab, Dr. Jan-Ulrik Dahl. In this episode, Dr. Dahl tells us all about how he ended up at Illinois State University all the way from Germany. We ask him about his early interest in science, what it’s like to run a research lab, and his involvement on campus. Listen to learn more about Dr. Jan Dahl and microbiology at Illinois State University!


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Article about Dr. Dahl’s recent grant:


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Theme music for STEAM Talk is “Hope is Not Lost” by Jim Hall

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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 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.

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.