In this podcast, Joel and Ryan interview Ryan’s colleague Sean Horan, currently a PhD student in mathematics at UC Irvine. Sean came to biology from a mostly mathematics/data analysis background. We talk about Sean’s research, where mathematicians fit in to science, and how STEM education can fail students.
Joel and Ryan interview Benjamin Stecher, who maintains the blog tmrwedition.com. Benjamin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at a young age and now travels the world learning about cutting-edge research from the scientists on the front lines of disease research. We learn about some new and developing treatments for Parkinson’s which may be ready for humans sooner than we expected!
Thanks to Benjamin for his time and expertise!
Hello listeners! We’re pleased to bring you a brand new podcast today in which we interview Dr. Freddy Starr who works in the field of Brain-Machine Interfaces and neurofeedback. We really enjoyed doing this interview and have several more casts involving interviewees coming up.
A few notes: 1) This cast covered many borders, both state and national, so the recording quality may not be quite what you are used to. The discussion is fascinating though so we hope you’ll bear with us. 2) We mention “Cz” several times throughout the cast. This refers to a point on the scalp at which an electrode is placed. If you google EEG electrode placement you can find maps of common scalp coordinates. 3) We mention different brain wave rhythms at several points in this cast. There are a lot of pseudoscience-touting, BS websites out there that will mislead you. Therefore, we recommend you get info from a reliable source such as this one (though the website is under maintenance at the time of posting) – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-function-of-t-1997-12-22/
Toward the end of the cast, Ryan mentions a book called “Better Never to Have Been.” Here’s a link to the book on Amazon in case you are curious about it and/or want to pick it up!
During this cast, Ryan and Joel welcome you back to Season 2, discussion where we’ve been, why, and even get around to talking about some philosophy regarding the ethics of reproduction. Join us on a fun, winding, first podcast back!