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Behind Our Science

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This podcast promotes novel scientific research communication in an easily digestible and fun environment to all audiences. Check out recent episodes below. You can also find Behind Our Science podcasts on Buzzsprout, Amazon, Google, Youtube, Podcast index, and Spotify.

Episode 21

Black History Month and Research Science Network

In celebration of Black History Month, Daisy and I interviewed Dr. Vanessa Sue Wacleche about her life as a Black postdoc at Harvard, her experience with the Harvard Medical School Black postdoc association, and the creation of the Research Science Network. I also got to interview HCS Trainee member and 2023 Merit Award winner, Dr. Nathaniel Lartey. During his segment we got some great advice for postdocs or international scholars picking new labs. The episode ends with a sneak peak into the Capitol Hill Day content by Roberto. 

Episode 20 Alzheimer's Awareness and Calling All Voices:

In celebration of Canada's Alzheimers Awareness Month the BoS team interviewed Ms. Jessica Kim who leads various community efforts to improve accessibility and care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease within and beyond the Asian community. Dr. Mota Alvidrez interviewed Dr. George Perry during our 7.3 questions segment about his career, impact in Alzheimer's disease research and work as Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The episode ends with article highlights from the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Editor's Pick from December 2023 and January 2024. 

Episode 19 Tissue, Matrix, and Pathobiology- oh my! In this episode behind our science brings you BTS of the first every Tissue, Matrix, and Pathobiology conference hosted by the American Society for Matrix Biology and our sponsoring societies the Histochemical Society and the American Society for Investigative Pathology. Join us as we explore poster sessions, network, and meet the brilliant trainees that made this conference a huge hit!
Episode 18  Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month & Book Club Chat: Today’s episode of our podcast casts a spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring two inspiring Latina figures in STEM. We’re honored to have Dr. Vik Meadows interview Catherine Rojas, a PhD candidate in Toxicology, who shares her enriching journey as a Latina in the scientific field. Additionally, Dr. Roberto Mota’s conversation with Dr. Carmen de Miguel offers invaluable insights into her groundbreaking research and experiences as a Hispanic woman in STEM.
Episode 17  Immunology Recap: Aftermath of immunization: This episode of Behind Our Science takes us on a fascinating journey through the realm of immunology, exploring the aftermath of immunization and venturing beyond the COVID-19 era. Join us as we meet inspiring scientists and delve into cutting-edge research with the potential to revolutionize healthcare.
Episode 16 Mentoring and Science Sustainability: In the episode of “Behind Our Science,” the spotlight shines on two critical threads that weave through every aspect of scientific research: mentorship and sustainability. Join us as we delve into the insights shared by Dr. Adam Grace, Marco, and Noah Pyles, exploring their valuable perspectives on these essential topics.
Episode 15 Celebrations: In addition to the personal updates from the team, the episode highlights two recent research articles published in prestigious scientific journals. The first article describes the development of a deep learning model for quantifying liver fat content in pre-clinical studies. This technology has the potential to accelerate the development of new drugs for fatty liver disease.
Episode 13 Fluorescence Friday LIVE EPISODE: “Behind Our Science” welcomed two talented scientists, the famous Engevik sisters Dr. Mindy Engevik and Dr. Amy Engevik, who shared their expertise and passion for immunofluorescence. This special episode delved into the fascinating world of immunofluorescence, a powerful technique used to visualize proteins and other molecules in cells and tissues.
Episode 11 SELF-ESTEAM and Art in Science: We discuss the intersection of science and art, and how the two disciplines can inform and inspire each other. The hosts interview composer and scientist Amir Bitran, who discusses his work composing music inspired by scientific concepts. Bitran’s music is inspired by a variety of scientific phenomena, including the development of fruit flies and the structure of proteins. He believes that music can be a powerful tool for communicating scientific ideas to the public. We discuss the use of artificial intelligence in science and art and talk about using AI to generate art based on scientific concepts, and they discuss the potential of AI to revolutionize the way we do research. We look at the future of science and art, highlighting the many ways in which the two disciplines can work together to create new and innovative things.
Episode 10 Capitol Hill Day and Last Experimental Biology: Researchers, including trainees, met with their elected officials in Washington, DC to discuss the importance of continued funding for biomedical research. The goal of Capitol Hill Day is to educate policymakers about the impact of research on public health and the economy, and to advocate for strong federal funding for scientific research. The episode features a segment with Dr. Bill Coleman, Executive Director of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP). Dr. Coleman discusses the importance of trainees attending meetings like this and participating in advocacy efforts. He emphasizes that researchers need to be able to communicate the importance of their work to the public and to policymakers in order to secure the funding needed to continue their research.
Episode 9 Women in Pathology Month with the Engevik Sisters: The Engevik sisters, Mindy, Amy and Kristen, shared their unique bond as sisters and colleagues in science. They discussed the challenges and rewards of working together and how they support each other’s careers. The sisters also talked about the importance of having good mentors, especially for women in science.
Episode 8 Celebrating Black History Month: Episode 8 stands out as a special installment where we honor #BlackHistoryMonth by spotlighting influential Black scientists and researchers. Black History Month serves to spotlight the often underrepresented achievements and contributions of Black individuals, especially in fields like science and research. Dedicating a podcast episode to this observance amplifies the work of Black scientists, fostering diverse perspectives that enrich and broaden scientific inquiry. The episode is more than ceremonial; it’s a call for ongoing conversations about diversity and inclusion in academia and research, making it an essential addition to the discourse well beyond a single month.
Episode 7 Happy Holidays!  Favorite Christmas Thing in the Lab: Co-host Daisy took on a delightful task—interviewing people about their favorite lab apparatus, but with a Yuletide twist. Forget simple test tubes and microscopes; think test tubes with Santa hats and microscopes adorned with tiny reindeer antlers. The halls, or in this case, the labs, are decked!
Episode 6  LIVE Hispanic/ Latin Heritage Month: Episode 6 is a particularly special installment that aligns with Hispanic Heritage Month. In this episode, we sit down with three distinguished Hispanic researchers—Michele Alves, Veronica Contreras-Shannon, and Francine Marques—to discuss their scientific pursuits and the richness that diversity brings to the research environment.
Episode 5 A Day in the Life: featuring Dr. Paul Monga and Abe Bayer, MD/PhD Candidate: Episode 5 takes us on a journey through the vast landscape of pathology and scientific investigation, featuring key personalities who bring their unique perspectives to the table. The episode offers a blend of enlightening interviews, engaging segments, and yes—the pronunciation dilemma that has left many in the ASIP community puzzled.
Episode 4  Goodbye to the COVID Blues, Hello to Mental Health: Episode 4 brings a sense of immediacy and interaction, thanks to its live recording format. The raw, unfiltered dialogues offer a genuine look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected different sectors of the scientific community.
Episode 3

Women in Pathology: This episode features interviews with incredible #womeninstem including Dr. Aditi Bagchi from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Emily Essex, managing editor of The American Journal of Pathology and also share lots of great advice from amazing #womeninstem to aspiring scientists!

Episode 2 This episode features an interview with Dr. Garcia, a leader in the field of virology who shares his career journey, research accomplishments, tips for aspiring PIs and his latest nature paper on a novel treatment for COVID-19!
Episode 1

Meet the team – Vaccine Talk – Fun Facts!

Member Recommended!

The Drive #177 hosted by Peter Attia

This is an extensive interview with Dr. Steven Rosenberg, long time Chief of Surgery for NCI, on the role of the immune system in cancer and the history of immunotherapy.

Documentary: Fauci

This is a National Geographic documentary on Dr. Anthony Fauci, long time director of NIAID and advisor to the President. This is an interesting view of Dr. Fauci that began filming prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and was intended to be about the AIDS epidemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it expanded to include the efforts to fight that disease. It ends up painting some interesting comparisons and contrasts between the AIDS and COVID-19 responses.

How to Fix the Incentives in Cancer Research,by Stephen J. Dubner, shared with HCS by Paul Goodwin, HCS Past President

Mapping Tissues and Tumors,  Paul Goodwin, Cytiva, Science Director, and HCS Past-President,  posted 12/2020.