Episode 92: Future Scientists and Food Safety

Assisted by regular co-host Hannah, featured youth hosts Isabella, Ruby and Allegra from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School interview Dr John Bowman. The girls explore how microbes differ from other organisms, characteristics of microbes, and where they can be found as well as food safety and its importance in a changing climate.

Host Niamh also talked to leader of digital content at St. Michael’s Collegiate, Anna Abela, about the school’s perspective on youth workshops.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS), and Isabella, Ruby and Allegra from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School
Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)
Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)

Episode 91: Dynamic Devils and Moving Mammals

We ask behavioural Ecologist David Hamilton how and why the Devil Facial Tumour Disease spreads through devil populations. We also find out how the Tasmanian Devil got its name and ask if we should ship our Devils to the mainland and welcome Koalas to our island.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Credit: Robbie McDonald

Episode 90: Food facts with Dr Emma Beckett!

Niamh interviewed Dr Emma Beckett from the University of Newcastle. Emma is a prominent scientist and famed for sharing her food facts themed with her clothes every day on Twitter (@synapse101). Niamh and Emma get into the nitty gritty of how researchers are trying to figure out if we really are what we eat.

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 89: Eagles and engineering

Have you ever seen reflecting devices on power lines or birds perched above the lines? These engineering solutions are part of a push towards sustainability in the power system to reduce the risk that threatened birds, like the Wedge-tailed Eagle, will be injured by the power lines. Listen to this episode to learn more about the risk mitigation approaches and engineering practices which TasNetworks takes with guests Mandy Fish and Thomas Webster, and to learn more about what you can do to support this sustainability effort.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Image credit: Dean Hohn

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

Episode 88: Space Tech: Exploring Mars

Mars, The Red Planet, the 4th Rock from The Sun…it has captured the imaginations of generations of humans and is now being explored by robots who are discovering amazing things about our closest planetary neighbour. Meredith and Niamh talk technology, Rovers and space exploration in this week’s episode with Griffith University’s Professor Paulo de Souza.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 87: Meat the microbiologist reducing food waste

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of sheep meat products. Transporting the vacuum-packed meat over long journeys causes huge costs to the industry through spoilage. Hear how interest in research application led Laura Rood to a PhD project in prolonging the shelf life of meat products by investigating the microbial organisms that cause meat to go bad.

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

Episode 86: Following aspirations to new heights

Gangalu woman and award-winning systems engineer Taylah Griffin oozes inspiration and leadership. Niamh and Hannah talk to Taylah about how she came to pursue aerospace engineering and her passion for promoting greater uptake of STEM subjects in Indigenous communities.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 85: Making lighting design human centric

In this episode we explore the world of lighting design in buildings approached from a human centric perspective. Our guest Landon Bannister, who has over 20 years experience in lighting design, provides insights into how existing lighting standards don’t match our current environments and how lighting design can be approached in a way that considers the humans using the space. This new field builds on studies from the early 2000’s showing the effect that lighting can have. Examples of lighting design are discussed including the outcomes of a change in lighting design in a classroom.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 84: The humanity of maths

What is the link between maths, first life on earth and creativity? Listen to find out how maths is all around us.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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

Episode 83: Songs of Science

Music and science meet in the life of Emily Sheppard, a classical musician and environmental scientist who composes music about nature and plays in caves, fields and forests. Emily, Kate and Niamh talk about the nexus of science and art and how emotion can be used for powerful communication.

Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

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