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Episode 137: Earth from a Distance

Join Niamh and Sarah in this episode as they talk to Brian Salmon about satellites and engineering.  Brian takes us through how satellite images are processed to become useful and what some of the key applications of these images are.  Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)Co-Host: Sarah LydenProduction: Sarah LydenMedia & Promotion: Kate Johnson … Continue reading Episode 137: Earth from a Distance

Episode 133: Techno Criminology

Citizen Science is the new hotness that explores how ‘non-experts’ can research alongside scientists. ‘Big data’ means there is now more data than can humanly (and computationally) be processed by experts alone.  This week, Niamh and Meredith speak to Criminology lecturer Dr Vicky Nagy about her use of Citizen Science to help process the massive … Continue reading Episode 133: Techno Criminology

Episode 132: Physically looking inside (of you)

A future of faster, safer, and smarter medical imaging is being paved by … physicists?? This week, Sophie talks biomedical imaging, ACROBEAT, and pig spines for safer surgery, with physicist Dr Tess Reynolds. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)Media & Promotion: Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys), Mibu Fischer (@miburose)

Episode 131: Walk this way

We all know that physical activity is important for a healthy life right? This week, Niamh interviews Associate Professor Verity Cleland about how we can be more physically active and what role our communities play in supporting us to do this.  Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) Production: Olly Dove (@littledove440) Media … Continue reading Episode 131: Walk this way

Episode 130: Improving maternal health

In this episode we interview Dr Andrew Ottaway, the founder of Health Volunteers International. Andrew’s charity aims to improve medical education and capacity building to improve quality of health care in African countries. With particular focus on improving maternal health and access to safe deliveries. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) Production: … Continue reading Episode 130: Improving maternal health

Episode 129: Embracing age

In this episode, we chat about ageism with sociologist Dr Peta Cook. Ageism is a type of discrimination based solely on age and has a significant impact on our society. We speak about ageist stereotypes and the consequence this has on physical and mental health. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) Production: … Continue reading Episode 129: Embracing age

Episode 128: The Problems with Maths

The number of people studying higher level maths in Australia is in decline. Why?This week, Niamh & Sophie talk to maths teaching specialist Dr Hayden Tronnolone about maths phobia and maths education in Australia. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@Dr_NChapman)Co-Host: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)Media & Promotion: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics), Kate … Continue reading Episode 128: The Problems with Maths

Episode 127: Fire and Us

Kate chats to Dr Penny Jones about her research monitoring air quality, communicating and understanding the intersection of humans and our environment, making decisions about living with fire, and her experience working in STEMM. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)Production: Meredith Castles (@MeredithCastles)Media & Promotion: Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys), Mibu Fischer (@miburose), Kelsey … Continue reading Episode 127: Fire and Us

Episode 126: Quantitative Marine Ecology

This week Niamh and Hannah interview quantitative marine ecologist Dr Nicole Hill. Together they take a deep dive into Nicole’s research, including her career highlights such as diving into Antarctic waters and encountering diverse wildlife. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) Co-Host: Hannah McCleary (@mcleary_hannah) Production: Sarah Lyden Media & Promotion: Kate … Continue reading Episode 126: Quantitative Marine Ecology

Episode 125: Plants, fungi and pathogens

This week, Niamh and Hannah are joined by Associate Professor Kara Barry from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture at the University of Tasmania, to explore her work around plants and their relationships (good and bad) with fungi and pathogens.  Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)Co-Host: Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)Media & … Continue reading Episode 125: Plants, fungi and pathogens

Episode 124: Engineering, Architecture and Sound

Join Sarah and Niamh in this episode as they talk to Assoc. Prof. Damien Holloway from the School of Engineering at UTAS about architectural acoustics.  Damien’s diverse engineering career has spanned from ship hydrodynamics to structural health monitoring to architectural acoustics.  In this episode we focus on research work into the acoustics of concert halls … Continue reading Episode 124: Engineering, Architecture and Sound

Episode 120: Environmental Engineering

Join Sarah and Niamh while they talk to environmental engineer Robyn Bussey.  Robyn’s diverse experiences shows the range and scope of work in the environmental engineering, from runways and infrastructure projects to wastewater and wetlands. Discover what you can do to ensure environmental concerns are at the forefront of engineering projects.   Show theme music: … Continue reading Episode 120: Environmental Engineering

Episode 119: Biostatistics: it’s good for the heart

How can we use data to assess cardiovascular risk in Australia? This week, Niamh and Sophie talk to biostatistician and public health researcher Dr Karen Lamb about the design, analysis, and reporting of medical research in Australia. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)Co-Host: Sophie Calabretto (@sophluidynamics) Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) Media & … Continue reading Episode 119: Biostatistics: it’s good for the heart

Episode 118: Family History Piecing together the past

Convict ancestry, adoption and skeletons in the closet, find out about the tensions and joys of delving into your family’s past, along with the resources that State Libraries Tasmania have to offer, in preparation for family history month in August! Kate Johnson and Niamh Chapman interview Archivist, Dr Alicia Marchant and family history researcher Beverley … Continue reading Episode 118: Family History Piecing together the past

Episode 116: Fisheries, freezers & forensics

Do you understand how commercial fisheries are monitored? Mibu Fischer and Niamh Chapman chat with Dr Madi Green about her efforts in assisting the commercial fishing sector to monitor fisheries catch to better understand world fish stocks.  Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)Co-Host: Mibu Fischer (@miburose) Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) Media & … Continue reading Episode 116: Fisheries, freezers & forensics

Episode 107: Smelling Soil

From Antarctica to volcanoes, microbes are everywhere in our environment! Dr Shane Powell from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture studies how these microbes can benefit us – from cleaning up oil spills, to improving soil health on farms. Hosted by Dr Niamh Chapman and Kelsey Picard. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Host: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) … Continue reading Episode 107: Smelling Soil

Episode 106: Building Information Modelling

In this episode Sarah and Niamh interview expert guest Klaus Stroehl from Gandy and Roberts, and Dr Assaad Taoum from School of Engineering at UTAS, on Building Information Modelling (also known as Building Information Management).  See how this approach is transforming the construction industry and new technological developments including using Virtual and Augmented Reality in … Continue reading Episode 106: Building Information Modelling

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 … Continue reading Episode 103: Ice, ice, maybe?

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 … Continue reading Episode 102: Science & Engineering Challenge

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

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 … Continue reading Episode 99: COVID-19 and Mental Health

Episode 93: Future Scientists and Space

Assisted by regular co-host Meredith, this episode featured youth hosts Zoe, Darcy and Hwee-Lin from St. Michael’s Collegiate Middle School interviewing Astrophysicist Karlie Noon. The girls explore the science of space and Indigenous astronomy. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS), Meredith Castles (@MeredithCastles) and Zoe, Darcy and Hwee-Lin from St. Michael’s Collegiate … Continue reading Episode 93: Future Scientists and Space

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 … Continue reading Episode 87: Meat the microbiologist reducing food waste

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) … Continue reading Episode 86: Following aspirations to new heights

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: … Continue reading Episode 83: Songs of Science

Episode 82: Forecasting Australia’s climate future

Hear Dr. Carly Tozer from the CSIRO explain how models are used to predict the future of Australia’s climate to inform the nation’s farmers and industries to better deal with climate variability and climate extremes.Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Kelsey Picard (@KelseyOnScience)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)Media & … Continue reading Episode 82: Forecasting Australia’s climate future

Episode 81: The Science of Water and Wastewater Engineering

In this episode we interview Phoebe Nash a chemical engineer who works in the water and wastewater engineering field.  With Phoebe we explore how water is treated before it reaches our taps, what happens when water enters the sewers and measures towards increasing sustainability in the industry. Phoebe Nash received the 2019 Engineers Australia Tasmania … Continue reading Episode 81: The Science of Water and Wastewater Engineering

Episode 80: Stroke of genius to save Australian lives

Niamh interviews Associate Professor Seana Gall about her $5 million grant to prevent stroke and save lives. Seana is using a collaborative approach working with researchers and healthcare workers across Australia and New Zealand to address the causes of stroke and improve surveillance.  Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) … Continue reading Episode 80: Stroke of genius to save Australian lives

Ep78 Working on Water P3: Mibu Fischer

Hannah talks with Mibu Fischer, Quandamooka woman and CSIRO scientist. Mibu’s specific interests are around utilising Traditional Knowledges and management practices are considered within modern day fisheries, coastal and conservation management. Her goal is to bridge a gap that draws attention to the indigenous communities facing the frontline of impacts and changes to coastlines, ecosystems … Continue reading Ep78 Working on Water P3: Mibu Fischer

Ep79 Working on Water P4: Megan Hartog

Kate interviews Megan Hartog, Marine scientist working at the CSIRO Marine National Facility as a Voyage Operations Manager. Megan tells us what it’s like organising different voyages and arranging research out at sea.  This series was produced for National Science Week with thanks to the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program.  Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod

Ep75: Fact vs Fiction: our future generation look at the facts

Is fake news a deadly threat during the pandemic? For many people the pandemic has been their first experience of witnessing the scientific method first hand. As the scientific community has rapidly investigated the novel coronavirus, government policy and recommendations have changed in response to emerging evidence. This week the show is taken over by … Continue reading Ep75: Fact vs Fiction: our future generation look at the facts

Episode 71: Exploring the world of biomedical engineering

In this episode we explore the world of biomedical engineering, starting with discussing what a biomedical engineer does and some interesting projects occurring in this space in Tasmania. Work completed by local Tasmanian engineers in the development of “OxyGenie” technology which is used in neonatal ventilators is a key component of this episode.Show theme music: … Continue reading Episode 71: Exploring the world of biomedical engineering

Episode 69: NAIDOC Week: Corey Tutt and Deadly Science

In this week’s episode Hannah and Niamh are joined by Deadly Science founder, NSW Young Australian of the Year, and all-round legend Corey Tutt. Corey is a Kamilaroi man, who is passionate about increasing opportunities for education in STEMM for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, particularly those in rural areas.  That’s What I … Continue reading Episode 69: NAIDOC Week: Corey Tutt and Deadly Science

Episode 65: A most important measure

Cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke kills more people worldwide and in Australia than any other disease. Blood pressure is the single most important risk factor yet measuring it can be extremely difficult.  Niamh interviews Prof. James Sharman and Dr. Dean Picone about their work that showed there are nearly 1,000 different blood pressure … Continue reading Episode 65: A most important measure

Episode 64: Magnificent Microbes

What does beer, bread and sauerkraut have in common? Fermentation! Microbiologist Dipon Sarkar (@DiponSarkar10) explains the good and the bad bacteria in our food, how they affect the flavours and chemistry of the food and explains the craze about sourdough bread. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeod Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Kelsey Picard (@KelseyOnScience)Production: Meredith … Continue reading Episode 64: Magnificent Microbes

Episode 57: How a Tasmanian pearl of wisdom saved the Australian oyster industry

Love them or hate them, the loss of the oyster industry would have huge impacts on the Tasmanian economy. When a global oyster virus began to wipe out the French oyster industry, Tasmania was one step ahead. Hear from Lewa Pertl from the Australian Seafood Industry about how a Tassie breeding solution saved the oyster … Continue reading Episode 57: How a Tasmanian pearl of wisdom saved the Australian oyster industry

Episode 56: Small island BIG energy!

In this episode we explore all things hydro power related including the exciting opportunities of pumped hydro. Wind and Solar are renewable resources which vary significantly based on the weather, so technology to store this energy for use when demand increases is becoming important. While batteries have limitations to store all this extra renewable energy, … Continue reading Episode 56: Small island BIG energy!

Episode 51: International Women’s Day Part 2 – Australian of the Year TAS

For the second installation for our 3 part International Women’s Day miniseries we were lucky enough to interview the 2019 Australian of the Year for Tasmania, Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas. We’re talking about Jess’s research, her experience as a women in STEM and her advocacy work in that space.  Jess is a passionate advocate for greater … Continue reading Episode 51: International Women’s Day Part 2 – Australian of the Year TAS

Episode 48: Intercept of Indigenous Knowledge and Marine Science

There is a wealth of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia, today we are talking about the intersection between Indigenous Knowledge of sea country and marine science. Host Niamh Chapman interviewed three guests from CSIRO: Engagement Programs Coordinator Dr. Ben Arthur, Palawa woman and Coordinator of the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship Hannah McCleary and Quandamooka woman … Continue reading Episode 48: Intercept of Indigenous Knowledge and Marine Science

Episode 47: Novel Coronavirus

In this week’s episode we discuss the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on the 31st of December 2019. With the internet being strife with fake science and conspiracies, we decided to talk to a specialist in immunology and virology. With the help of our guest, Associate Professor, … Continue reading Episode 47: Novel Coronavirus

Episode 46: Engineering solutions for bushfire resilience

Can power grids cause bushfires and what advances have made engineering climate change resilient infrastructure a possibility for our communities? Niamh Chapman and Dr. Sarah Lyden interviewed Samantha Vahedi from Hydro Tasmania and Jason King from Tas Networks about the challenges for engineers in the face of a changing climate and increased bush fire risk.  … Continue reading Episode 46: Engineering solutions for bushfire resilience

Episode 42: Goodbye MS – The team tackling a devastating disease

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that is complex and can be debilitating. Here in Hobart, we have a comprehensive approach to MS research, spanning many scientific disciplines, to improve our understanding of the disease and improve the way it is managed.  This week we have caught up with 4 experts each from different … Continue reading Episode 42: Goodbye MS – The team tackling a devastating disease

Episode 40: STEM Awards

This week we interviewed the winners of the Tasmanian STEM excellence awards. These awards highlight and acknowledge our local science community and showcase the amazing achievements happening right here in Tassie. Congratulations to all Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards finalists, and particularly to winners; Dr Stephen R. Rintoul from CSIRO, Dr Carlie Cullen from the Menzies … Continue reading Episode 40: STEM Awards

Episode 39: Going off grid

This week we bring you an engineering special as the isolated power systems workshop brought engineering leaders from around the world to Hobart, Tasmania. What are isolated power systems? Essentially, they are any system that supplies electricity to those off the main electricity grid supply. From small scale operations to one or two households to … Continue reading Episode 39: Going off grid

Episode 38: Tech For Good

Off the back of the Facebook Community Boost events held across Tasmania between October 29th and November 1st 2019, we gathered together the event panelists from Hobart to discuss the global reach of communication technologies and the ways in which tech can be used for the betterment of society. Niamh caught up with Associate Professor … Continue reading Episode 38: Tech For Good

Episode 35: Printing organs or using samples, how do we protect people in research?

Research pushes the boundaries of medicine and biology. Bioethics safeguards the participants that take part in experiments to test new technologies or medicines. This week we interviewed three guests passionate about the role of ethics in research; Dr. Rebekah McWhiter, Dr. Lisa Eckstein and Dr. Frederic Gilbert.  A jam-packed episode covering the ethical considerations for … Continue reading Episode 35: Printing organs or using samples, how do we protect people in research?

Episode 33: Killer Whales: Diets, Chemistry & Secrets from the Deep.

Killer whales: highly intelligent, social and elusive. Surely this is the perfect challenge for a marine scientist? Especially when killer whales spend a mere 2% of their lives on the surface of the ocean! Tune in this week as we chat killer whales with Ben Sellers, PhD researcher from the Institute for Marine & Antarctic … Continue reading Episode 33: Killer Whales: Diets, Chemistry & Secrets from the Deep.

Episode 32: Dirty talk – just poo it!

This week we are unpacking the importance of just pooing it. Co-host Allanna Russell caught up with Dr Dan Owens at MONA, Tasmania. Dan is keen advocate of the importance of returning your free bowel cancer screening kit. Tune in to learn more. 

Episode 31: Human engineering – putting people at the heart of solutions

Dr Sarah Lyden and Niamh Chapman cover why human-centered engineering is crucial for designing solutions and the work of Engineers Without Borders with special guests Andrew Koolhof and David Pointing. We also caught up with some first-year engineering students who have just taken part in a project to put people at the heart of engineering … Continue reading Episode 31: Human engineering – putting people at the heart of solutions

Episode 29: Journey to Mars

Join us this week as we delve into what it takes to get to Mars… and what happens from there? Special guest Josh Richards, a top-100 candidate for the Mars One mission, discusses his motivations for signing up for a one-way trip to the red planet, the selection process and what’s next! A physicist and … Continue reading Episode 29: Journey to Mars

Episode 27: Biosecurity in Tasmania

What should you do about that apple with an unknown disease in your garden? How are problematic pests and diseases from Mainland Australia being stopped at the border? In this week’s episode Niamh and Tessa interviewed Dr Ryan Wilkinson about the work of Biosecurity Tasmania to protect Tassie’s environment and industries from introduced pests and … Continue reading Episode 27: Biosecurity in Tasmania

Episode 19: Knocking heads

This week we’re talking about a risk factor for developing dementia-related diseases; traumatic brain injuries. We hear from two current PhD candidates from the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre; Ross Langley and Olivia Holloway.Get in touch with the team with questions, feedback or future topic suggestions:Twitter: @nowscienceTASFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/nowscienceTAS/Instagram: @nowsciencetas_

Episode 18: Stepping stones to a waste free future

This week we cut through the jargon about bioplastics. We interviewed Councillor Bill Harvey about the impending plastics crisis, the processes occurring in the Hobart City Council to remedy these issues and Hobart’s green waste future. 

Episode 17: Gaming for health.

Gamers are only those that sit on their computers delving into a virtual world for hours on end right? Nope! Gamers includes a wide variety of people and the potential of gaming to enhance a multitude of tasks by making them more fun applies broadly. This week we are looking at using technology based games … Continue reading Episode 17: Gaming for health.

Episode 9: Sexual pleasure, the science that gets you going!

What’s happening in your body when you’re getting down and dirty? Why does it feel so good when you do your favourite bedroom moves? During this week’s explicit episode, we discuss the science behind sexual pleasure with excellent insights from a Tasmanian sexologist, Richelle Menzies from Sensual Potential. Acknowledgements:Episode cover image: Photo by Sharon McCutcheon … Continue reading Episode 9: Sexual pleasure, the science that gets you going!

Episode 4: Cider Science!

Let’s get busy with the fizzy! This week we serve you a refreshing blend of history & horticulture (a.k.a. garden science), genetics, microscopic creatures & a pinch of chemistry, as we delve deeper into making of this popular beverage. Behind the flavours and fizz, there’s a complex symphony of science, and we’ll discuss current research … Continue reading Episode 4: Cider Science!