This latest episode of the Naturally Speaking podcast explores the increasingly prominent issue of gender inequality in science and engineering. With the help of four Institute researchers: Prof. Dan Haydon, Dr Michelle Bellingham, Dr Winnie Boner and Dr Richard Orton, we first explore the evidence for women being underrepresented in scientific research and why this bias exists. Then, we discuss the Athena Swan Charter and the action we can take to reverse this bias and promote more diverse working environments.
Hello! Apologies for the extended Summer break… We have just recorded a 16th episode, discussing gender bias in the Sciences, which will soon be available! We are also planning to release regular Naturally Speaking blog posts from members of the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative medicine at the University of Glasgow. Watch this space!
Science is awesome, but how do you ensure your science is relevant?
We got thinking about this after reading a comment piece offering tips on interpreting scientific claims published in Nature by Bill Sutherland and colleagues. The Guardian then produced a response listing tips academics should know about policy making here.
So in the latest episode of Naturally Speaking, the two James’ chat about communicating science into policy with colleagues from across the Institute. We ask: how do you link research with fisheries management? how does science inform rabies policy in the developing world? and how do we get scientific findings to policy makers?
This episode marks the first in a series in which we discuss the science behind some of our favourite science fiction movies. Why start with Jurassic Park? Well, it’s loaded with sciencey concepts, but this year is also 20 years (!) since it was first released and so we thought it would be a good time to check back on how it holds up.
In this Research Roundup episode we summarise three recent research papers published by Institute members. First we discuss Maureen Bain’s recent work examining the extent to which bacteria may pass through the shells of the chicken eggs we use for food. We then chat about Colin Selman’s recent paper showing that dietary antioxidant supplements may actually decrease lifespan in some animal populations. We then finish up by reviewing Tim Burton’s research examining maternal effects on early growth trajectories in Atlantic salmon.
We also touch on whether or not the titles of academic papers have become too “spoilerific”, patent a foolproof device for measuring E. coli levels in grocery store eggs, and propose that living with your parents until your middle age might actually be an optimal life-history strategy.
In the second part of this episode, James Grecian, James Buckley, and Shaun Killen are joined by institute PhD student Darryl McLennan to expand on some of the topics raised in the live show (listen here), and to banter about all kinds of other topics ranging from the effects of climate change on zombies to whether or not zombies have telomeres.
As it turns out, zombies are an amazing platform for talking about all kinds of topics in biology. Grab a nice bowl of brains, sit back, and have a listen!