ALD Podcast: Ep 3, Hazel Gibson & Dr Erik Klemetti

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Welcome to the third episode Ada Lovelace Day podcast, highlighting the work of women in STEM. We’ll be talking to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men, about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions.

In this episode

01:00: We talk to Hazel Gibson about geoscience cognition and communication — how the metaphors we use for geological concepts, like underground rivers, affect how well we understand geological processes.

26:33: And Dr Erik Klemetti, volcanologist and author of the Wired Eruptions blog, tells us about the work of vulcanologist Professor Anita Grunder.

Our interviewees

Hazel-GibsonHazel Gibson is a PhD research student at Plymouth University who works on geoscience cognition and communication; the study of what people think about geology and how they talk about it. With a background in engineering geology and public engagement, Hazel has worked all over the world sharing her curiosity for geological subjects wherever she goes. She blogs at My Patchwork Planet and for GeoLog and is also on Twitter, @iamhazelgibson.

You can read Hazel’s paper, A “mental models” approach to the communication of subsurface hydrology and hazards, on the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences open-access journal website. And you can watch her talk from Ada Lovelace Day 2013 at the bottom of this post, on YouTube or Figshare.

Dr Erik KlemettiDr Erik Klemetti is a volcanologist and petrologist at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio. He uses radiometric dating and chemical analysis of zircon crystals to find out how magma composition changes over time. Looking at the processes that create volcanic and other rocks tells us about the dynamic events that have created the Earth and will change the planet far into the future. Erik has been fascinated by geology since he was young, either with the vast mineral collection that his grandmother in Massachusetts had collected or with the vistas of Nevado del Ruiz from his grandparents home in Colombia. He also write a blog about volcanos, Eruptions, for Wired. You can follow Erik on Twitter @eruptionsblog.

And you can find out more about Professor Anita Grunder via her Oregon State University page, and read the Association of Women Geoscientists’ Outstanding Educator 2009 profile of her in their newsletter, Gaea.

Thanks to our sponsor

This podcast is brought to you thanks to the generous support of ARM, our exclusive semiconductor industry sponsor. You can learn more about ARM on their website at ARM.com and you can follow them on Twitter at @ARMHoldings.

If you would like to join ARM as a sponsor of the Ada Lovelace Day Podcast, please email us.

Get in touch!

If you’d like to send us feedback about the show, or if you’d like to take part, please email us. We’re especially interested in hear from men who would like to talk to us about the women in STEM who have influenced them, especially those women who are less well known.

Credits

Episode edited by Andrew Marks.

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ALD Podcast: Episode 2, Fran Scott & Maia Weinstock

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Welcome to the second episode of the freshly minted Ada Lovelace Day podcast, highlighting the work of women in STEM. We’ll be talking to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men, about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions.

In this episode

01:11: We talk to science communicator Fran Scott about her work designing science demos for television and schools, and how to get into a TV presenting career.

22:09: We also hear from Maia Weinstock, deputy editor at MIT news, who discusses the queen of nuclear research, Chien-Shiung Wu, her crucial role in disproving the Conservation of Parity and her vital contribution to the Manhattan Project.

Our interviewees

Fran ScottFran Scott is the only female science presenter on Children’s BBC. A scientist by training and an engineer at heart, Fran uses her knowledge of these subjects to explain their principles in entertaining, exciting and accurate ways often using high-impact demonstrations to prove her point. She has presented six series for Children’s BBC, five series for BBC Learning Zone, and one for BBC Worldwide, and has received numerous recognitions including a Royal Television Society award and three BAFTA nominations. WebTwitter

You can watch Fran setting rockets off with her finger during Ada Lovelace Day Live! 2013 either on YouTube or below:

 

Maia WeinstockMaia Weinstock is the deputy editor at MIT News and a writer specialising in science and children’s media. She has contributed to outlets including Scientific American, BrainPOP, Discover, SPACE.com, and NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. Maia is a strong advocate for girls and women; most recently, she has been recognised for her science- and law-themed LEGO minifigure creations. She has also led efforts to increase the participation and visibility of women on Wikipedia. WebTwitter

You can read an excerpt from Maia’s chapter on Chien-Shiung Wu here on our website, and you can read the full chapter in our anthology, A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention, which is available as an ebook on Amazon for £1.99.

Thanks to our sponsor

This podcast is brought to you thanks to the generous support of ARM, our exclusive semiconductor industry sponsor. You can learn more about ARM on their website at ARM.com and you can follow them on Twitter at @ARMHoldings.

If you would like to join ARM as a sponsor of the Ada Lovelace Day Podcast, please email Suw Charman-Anderson.

Get in touch!

If you’d like to send us feedback about the show, or if you’d like to take part, please email us. We’re especially interested in hear from men who would like to talk to us about the women in STEM who have influenced them, especially those women who are less well known.

Credits

Episode edited by Andrew Marks.

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ALD Podcast: Episode 1, Dr Helen Czerski & Clive Thompson

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Welcome to the first ever episode of the brand spanking new Ada Lovelace Day podcast, highlighting the work of women in STEM. We’ll be talking to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men, about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions.

In this episode

01:20: We talk to Dr Helen Czerski from University College London about her work as a bubble physicist, and about life on board a research ship.

24:55 We also hear from technology journalist Clive Thompson about Canadian metallurgist and research physicist Ursula Franklin, who’s perhaps most famous for her social and political critique of modern technology, which was published in print as The Real World of Technology. And Clive has written a lovely blogpost summarising the impact Franklin had on him and his career.

Our interviewees

Photo: University College LondonDr Helen Czerski is a physicist and oceanographer at University College London. When she’s not in the lab or on a boat (or doing both at the same time) she presents science programmes for the BBC. Hew new book, Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life, will be published by Transworld in the UK in November, and by Norton in the US, in January. Photo: University College London

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Clive ThompsonClive Thompson writes about how technology affects everyday life, and is currently working on his next book, about ‘how programmers think’. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and Wired, and author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Photo: Tom Igoe

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Thanks to our sponsor

ARMThis podcast is brought to you thanks to the generous support of ARM, our exclusive semiconductor industry sponsor. You can learn more about ARM on their website at ARM.com and you can follow them on Twitter at @ARMHoldings.

If you would like to join ARM as a sponsor of the Ada Lovelace Day Podcast, please email Suw Charman-Anderson.

Get in touch!

If you’d like to send us feedback about the show, or if you’d like to take part, please email us. We’re especially interested in hear from men who would like to talk to us about the women in STEM who have influenced them, especially those women who are less well known.

iTunes & Subscriptions

You can now subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

Unfortunately, a technical problem with our website is currently preventing us from adding our podcast to iTunes and other podcasting subscription service. We’re working on that, and hopefully we will have that problem solved by next month!

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