This is the audio recording of the 02/15 meet-up with Dr. Stephen A Smith, evolutionary biologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. In this meet-up, Dr. Smith discusses the study of plant evolution as well as a bold research project called “the Open Tree of Life” project.
This is the audio recording of the 01/25 meet-up with Dr. Ruud Visser, postdoc at University of Michigan. In this meet-up, Ruud discusses his research into the chemical aspects of star formation and its implications on seeding solar systems with organic material capable of becoming life.
This is the audio recording of the 11/16 meet-up with Dr. Nick Wigginton, associate editor for Science Magazine. In this meet-up, Nick discusses the process of publishing scientific research and experiments, and uses examples from his own experience as an editor of a prestigious scientific journal.
This is the audio recording of the 10/26 meet-up with Dr. Eugene Manley. Dr. Manley did his PhD work on studying anti-cancer drugs, and analyzed cancer stem cells in lung cancer.
This conversation has been edited. Much of the discussion centers around various types of cancers and anti-cancer drug treatments, and then the discussion shifts to the roles/responsibilities of researchers that details the day-to-day duties, animal testing issues, and various ways researchers obtain funding and grants.
This is the audio recording of the 9/21 meet-up with Dr. David Gerdes. Dr. Gerdes discussed the evidence of dark energy by past experiments and observations, and then introduced us to the current project in Dark Energy research called “The Dark Energy Survey.”
(The beginning of the recording was cut off, and so it begins with Gerdes explaining the evidence for dark energy).