Episode 103: Ice, ice, maybe?

Ice shelves can be as large as a small country, so how can ocean waves and sea ice contribute to their catastrophic destruction?

This week, Dr Niamh Chapman and Dr Sophie Calabretto speak to multi-award-winning applied mathematician Associate Professor Luke Bennetts about wave science, sea ice modelling, and their link to catastrophic destruction of ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440) & Sarah Lyden
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 102: Science & Engineering Challenge

The Science and Engineering Challenge is an outreach program to change students' perceptions of science and engineering. The day involves fun and competitive hands-on activities. It lets students see that science and engineering are more than just equations and theory but requires creativity, innovation, problem solving and teamwork!

We chat with students from Clarence High school, Montrose Bay High school, Oatlands District High School and Woodbridge School about what challenges they undertook and what they took away from the day.

The Challenge is coordinated by the University of Tasmania in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, and is supported by Rotary International Clubs (in Hobart, Launceston and North West Tasmania) with generous financial support from the Tasmanian Government, TasWater and the University of Tasmania.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) and students from Clarence High school, Montrose Bay High school, Oatlands District High School and Woodbridge School
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440) & Sarah Lyden
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 101: Drought’s effect on how plants carry and use water

 Plants are made up of 80-90% water, so it is no surprise that they are vulnerable to drought conditions. Dr Madeline Cairns-Murphy from the University of Tasmania researches how plants are affected by drought, to better inform farmers of when to grow their crops. Listen to our latest episode to hear about the challenges drought pose to Australian farmers in the face of a changing climate. 

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) and Kelsey Picard
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys) 
 

Episode 100: Cultural Connections & Fisheries

This week Dr Niamh and Mibu had a deep yarn with Dr Emma Lee from Swinburne University. They touched on topics that related to the importance of cultural fisheries and for Traditional Knowledge to be accepted into western systems to create better futures for all Australians. They also touched on the systemic barriers as women in STEMM, but also as Aboriginal women in STEMM and how we can all challenge the norm to create a safer and more inclusive STEMM environment.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) and Mibu Fischer
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 99: COVID-19 and Mental Health

It is no surprise that mental health disorders have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from Professor Susan Rossell from Swinburne University about tracking the mental health of Australian adults throughout the pandemic.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 98: Transportation Engineering

Tune in to hear Sarah and Niamh chat with Mathew Brooks about all things transportation engineering.

Mathew Brooks is a Senior Associate Transport Engineer with Jacobs and was awarded Tasmanian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2019 and Young Engineer of the Year in 2016. He has worked on many significant transport and civil infrastructure projects and shares his professional insights into all our traffic related questions in Hobart and more widely.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Sarah Lyden
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 97: The Ambitious Crossover of Maths and Biology

Tune in to hear Olly and Niamh chat with Dr Shane Richards about the most exciting crossover in history: mathematical biology!

Dr Shane Richards is a senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania and helps us explore how scientists can create statistical models of animal behaviour using data they are able to collect in order to predict patterns of the natural world around us. It’s impossible to know everything, but mathematical biology can sure help us fill in a lot of the gaps.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 96: When too much nature can be bad

Tune in to hear Mibu and Niamh chat about the complexity of beauty products with Michelle Wong from Lab Muffin Beauty Science.

Michelle has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry (medicinal chemistry), and uses her science know-how to interpret skincare and beauty ingredients in a simplistic way, so you can make informed choices as to what chemicals you are putting on your skin.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) and Mibu Fischer
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 95: Fluids behaving badly: the maths of fluid flow

Join Niamh as she chats with our newest co-host (and applied mathematician) Dr Sophie Calabretto. Sophie is a fluid mechanist who uses maths to help us understand why fluids flow the way they do, knowledge that has the potential to impact fields like aerodynamics, climate science, health, and industry.

Tune in to find out what pendulums have to do with predicting the weather, what it takes to be a good mathematician, and why we need supercomputers to solve a million-dollar problem.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 94: Future Scientists and Climate Change

Check out this Youth takeover with Hannah, Phoebe, Eli and Eleni from Mount Carmel College as they grill Dr Penny Jones on how climate change can affect our health and whether we’re doing enough to stop it!

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS), Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) and Hannah, Phoebe, Eli and Eleni from Mount Carmel College
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)