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Spark Science, where we explore stories of human curiosity. Hosted by Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff and Jordan Baker. Sparksciencenow.com

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Spark Science, where we explore stories of human curiosity. Hosted by Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff and Jordan Baker. Sparksciencenow.com
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2018-11-26 07:32
last episode published
2018-07-29 14:17
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
29.07.2018

An interview with Engineer & WWU President, Sabah Randhawa

What is it like to be entrusted with running a university while being originally trained as an engineer? Check out our 4th Season Finale where we interview WWU President Sabah Randhawa.   We discuss science’s origins related to the leisure class, parki...
22.07.2018

Path to Med School

Is there one clear path to take to med school? WWU biology major, Nicole DeRaimo interviewed two other WWU students about their path and plan to go to medical school.  Nicole created this podcast in Science Communication 497 taught by Spark Science Hos...
15.07.2018

Neuroscience & Sci Comm: Mirror Neurons & WWU Research

How can we watch an action and instantly know how to do it? What about ‚ÄėEmpathy‚Äô in humans? What kind of research is happening on the Western Washington University¬†campus? Listen to this episode to find out.¬† ¬† Outstanding Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS)...
8.07.2018

Interview with Nobel Laureate, Bruce Beutler

Immunology, Tay Sachs, vaccines and the feeling of intimidation when interviewing a person who has won a Nobel prize are the topics of this episode. Dr. Beutler, who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with another researcher, ca...
24.06.2018

Geohazards in Washington State

Student correspondent, Andra Nordin, attended the 2018 Geohazards Symposium and spent many hours putting this show together. She spoke to scientists about a range of natural disasters and how to prepare for these events.   Please enjoy.
17.06.2018

Solar Thermal Fuels

In this episode, we share the work being done by Dr. Tim Kowalczyk at Western Washington University (WWU) in relation to Solar Thermal Fuels.  We break down what this term actually means. We also go back in time and discuss Dr. Kowalcyzk’s unconvention...
3.06.2018

Being a Women in Physics at WWU

This episode turns the table on the Spark Science interview process. WWU Women in Physics students Grace Eliason and Megan McAndie interview their WWU Physics professors, Dr. Kristen Larson & host Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff.     We talked about fam...
27.05.2018

Planetary Geochemistry & Nuclear Physics - LPSC Interview #2

In the second episode featuring LPSC, Natalie talks to Chris Klein a planetary geochemist about Titan and Thomas Humphry Prettyman about using nuclear physics to understand the asteroid Ceres. We also revisit the question ‚Äúwhat are biosignatures?‚ÄĚ Spar...
20.05.2018

Life on Other Worlds - LPSC Interview #1

Spark Science Student Correspondent & Chief Audio Engineer, Natalie Moore, traveled to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) this Spring to present research.  In the first episode featuring LPSC, Natalie talks to Geologist & Astrobi...
6.05.2018

Algae Biofuels

This episode features Chemist Dr. Greg O’Neil from Western Washington University. We also have our co-host Jordan Baker back in the KMRE studios. Dr. O’Neil talks about his lab where he creates biodiesel and jet fuel from algae. We discuss scientific c...
29.04.2018

Materials Science & Mars - Interview with Dr. Sierra Sastre

This episode features another keynote speaker at the 2017 SACNAS National Convention, Dr. Yajaira Sierra Sastre. Dr. Sierra Sastre is a material scientist currently working at the US National Treasury and was selected for the first Mars analog mission ...
22.04.2018

Hollywood & Molecular Biology - Dr. Janet Iwasa

This episode features an interview with Dr. Iwasa from University of Utah School of Medicine. She specializes in data visualization using Hollywood and video game techniques to create animations of systems of molecules. We recorded on location in a res...
15.04.2018

Ethnobotanist - Dr. Rosalyn LaPier

This episode features the first of our interviews from our annual SACNAS National Convention show. This conference is the largest gathering of scientists of color in the nation and we had the honor of interviewing keynote speakers. Today’s speaker is D...
1.04.2018

Sustainable Tiny Houses

This episode features work at WWU to create homes sustainably on a smaller scale. We talk with Dr. Imran Sheikh and Kellen Lynch from Project ZeNETH (Zero Net Energy Tiny House) about environmental science, who is really a ‚Äúscientist‚ÄĚ and the need/audi...
25.03.2018

Cassini Mission: Celebration of Life

Friday, September 15th, 2017, Spark Science and the Planetary Society held a public wake at the Shakedown in Bellingham, WA, to celebrate the life of the Cassini Mission ‚ÄĒ a 19-year space mission to study Saturn and its many moons. ¬† This episode featu...
18.03.2018

Ken Liu: Talking Science & Fantasy

In this episode, we talk with award-winning author Ken Liu.¬† His short story, ‚ÄúThe Paper Menagerie‚ÄĚ, recently read by Levar Burton, is the only story to win the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards.¬† We talk about how this moving tale has touched so ...
11.03.2018

Geek Girl Con 2017

Attending Geek Girl Con is now a tradition for Spark Science.   This time we are featuring famed science communicator and creator of the DIY Zone (at Geek Girl Con) Dr. Raychelle Burks. We also had the pleasure of speaking with awesome astronomer Dr. N...
4.03.2018

Weir on Mars!

Welcome to Season 4!    We hope you enjoy our first episode of the season featuring author of The Martian and Artemis, Andy Weir.    We had a great conversation about space elevators, history, & character development.  The co-host for this show was...
3.09.2017

Science Policy with Congressman Rick Larsen

For our Season Three Finale we interviewed our national representative from the 2nd Congressional District of WA State, Rick Larsen.  The guest cohost was Planetary Society’s Director of Space Policy and friend of the show, Casey Dreier.   We did our f...
27.08.2017

Spacecraft Chronicles: Photography on Mars

There are thousands of beautiful images of and from the surface of Mars.  In this episode we talk about how and why these images are taken by rover photographers.  From the taking images in black & white images verses color to church glass, how we ...
27.08.2017

Spacecraft Chronicles: Photography on Mars

There are thousands of beautiful images of and from the surface of Mars.  In this episode we talk about how and why these images are taken by rover photographers.  From the taking images in black & white images verses color to church glass, how we ...
20.08.2017

Science of Soccer / Physics of Futbol

Do you love Soccer?  Is Futbol part of your life?  If so, we have an episode for you.   Student intern Taylor Raybould requested a show on the physics of the almost universally beloved sport.  Our guest today is Dr. Andreas Riemann, the chair of the WW...
18.08.2017

2017 Solar Eclipse PSA

Enjoy this short PSA about the Solar Eclipse coming August 21, 2017 produced for Spark Radio, KMRE in Bellingham, WA.   For more information go to  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/   Thank you to Spark Radio and WWU’s own Robert Clark for production and e...
6.08.2017

Science, Pseudoscience & Society

In this episode we have a round table discussion about what disaster and horror movies say about our society with WWU medical anthropology professor Dr. Sean Bruna and a couple of anthropology students.     The first student works under Dr. Bruna’s and...
29.07.2017

Ski 2 Sea Algae

In this episode we explore the work of Western Washington University biologist Dr. Robin Kodner.  She studies algae populations from the peaks of mountains to beautiful bays.   Dr. Kodner’s work combines the disciplines of computing (Bioinformatics) an...
23.07.2017

Science Communication Compilation #2

Today’s episode is a collection of student podcasts from a Science Communication course at Western Washington University.  This is the second in a two-part series.  Course professors were Mars Planetary Geophysicist Dr. Melissa Rice & Spark Science...
17.07.2017

Science Communication Compilation #1

Today’s episode is a collection of student podcasts from a Science Communication course at Western Washington University.  This is the first in a two-part series.  Course professors were Mars Planetary Geophysicist Dr. Melissa Rice & Spark Science ...
9.07.2017

Spacecraft Chronicles: Dust Devils

Have you seen a dust devil before?  Have you wondered if they exist on Mars?  Listen to our mini podcast about how dust devils were seen on Mars and how they helped our rovers. To learn more about the events discussed, click here. Special thanks to Kja...
2.07.2017

Trappist-1 & Exoplanets

Dr. Melissa Rice, Mars Rover specialist and friend of the show, is back!  Dr. Rice and Dr. Jim Davenport talk with us about planets, the habitable zone and what is so important about the Trappist-1 system.   Please enjoy this show where we speculate ab...
25.06.2017

Quantum Computers

Our 50th episode (including our Spacecraft Chronicles) is about Quantum Computers.  Our guest is Dr. Nima Dinyari from University of Oregon. Dr. Dinyari, Jordan and Regina have a great time talking Q-bits, Schrodinger’s cat and Quantum leaps.  We try o...
18.06.2017

Magical Girls & Marissa Meyer

In this episode we interview the panelists from PuliCon 2017, a one day comic convention in Puyallup WA.  First we talk to Majokko Misu and Merri Christianson (Fake Geek Girls) about the geek subgenre, Magical Girls.   We then interview the keynote pan...
28.05.2017

Crossover w/ Perfectly Acceptable Podcast: Comics & Gene Luen Yang

We hope you enjoy our first ever crossover podcast with the guys from the Perfectly Acceptable Podcast.  We met at their studio in The Comics Place to discuss the works of Gene Luen Yang.  We review the amazing Secret Coders books and current issues of...
19.05.2017

Neuroscience: Huntington’s Disease

This episode features Western Washington University professor Dr. Jeff Carroll.  In this show we talk about Huntington’s Disease (HD) and is the third in our neuroscience series (one each season).We tackle a very serious illness with a combination of r...
14.05.2017

March for Science Bellingham

Today’s episode features reporting on the March for Science by Spark Science correspondent Natalie Moore.  We were on location at a satellite march in Bellingham, WA.While Dr. Barber DeGraaff was busy with march organizing, Natalie asked event speakers...
7.05.2017

Spacecraft Chronicles: Mars 2020

Are you excited about the next mission to Mars?  Before we send humans to the Red Planet, another rover will travel to explore Mars like its robotic siblings.  We talk to scientists and engineers on the NASA team and ask “what are they are most excited...
23.04.2017

Inclusive Science: Ideas& Academia - Part 2

In this episode we travel back to the SACNAS National Convention.  SACNAS stands for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and is the largest STEM society dedicated to racial and ethnic inclusion. This ye...
15.04.2017

Inclusive Science: Ideas& Academia - Part 1

In this episode we travel back to the SACNAS National Convention.  SACNAS stands for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science and is the largest STEM society dedicated to racial and ethnic inclusion. This ye...
9.04.2017

High School& Robotics with Team Reign

Being a high school student is hard enough but imagine the added scrutiny of being the only all female robotics team at competitions and press attention.  This is the reality of Team Reign from Holy Names Academy.  We sit down with these teenage engine...
1.04.2017

Girl Genius: An interview with Kaja Foglio

In this episode we interview the creators of the highly popular online comic Girl Genius, Kaja & Phil Foglio.  Phil had to step away soon after we started but my guest host, Puyallup librarian Bonnie Svitavsky, and I continued to talk with Kaja abo...
26.03.2017

Kinesiology& Common Injuries

What is Kinesiology?  Listen to our show to to find out.  Our guests are Western Washington University (WWU) Biomechanics Professor Dr. Jun San Juan & owner of Pure Fitness Martial Arts in Bellingham, WA, Kru Brooke. We discuss common injuries, how...
19.03.2017

Awesome Astrophysicists: Planets, Stars& Outreach

This is our third episode from Geek Girl Con.  We interview astrophysicists, Dr. Lisa Will, Dr. Karen Knierman & Dr. Meredith Rawls.  These women were on the Worlds of Star Wars panel at the convention, however we take this time to talk about much ...
5.03.2017

STEM Paths: Interview w/ SAMMUS and Summer Ash

Science Communication & ‚ÄúNerdcore‚ÄĚ Rap are the topics of this epsiode recorded at Geek Girl Con 2016. ¬†We first speak with Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, better known as the amazing rapper SAMMUS, about her music and her experience as a PhD candidate. ¬†We...
26.02.2017

Augmented Reality: What is it?

What is the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR)?  Who are the players in these markets?  Is Pokémon Go really AR? These questions are answered by software engineer and computer scientist Kyle Rader.  We have guest co-host...
18.02.2017

Women of Pixar - Computer Science& Cartoons

Welcome to Season 3 of Spark Science! Back in October 2016, we recorded serveral interviews at Seattle’s Geek Girl Con.  This amazing convention strives to support girls who love comics and STEM.  http://geekgirlcon.com/ Our first interview was the Wom...
12.09.2016

Behavioral Neuroscience: Addiction

Spark Science sits down with Behavioral Pharmacologist and WWU professor Dr. Jeff Grimm. We talk about his background, new theories on addiction, rat parks and how sugar can be an addictive substance.
12.08.2016

Spacecraft Chronicles 2: Spirit Rover Drama

In this second episode, we explore the drama that comes with flying robots to Mars.  We talk with Planetary Society President Dr. Jim Bell and Mars dust expert Dr. Kjartan Kinch about the Spirit Rover and the challenges involved in the mission.Enjoy ou...
17.07.2016

LIGO& The Fabric of Space

In September 2015 gravitational waves were directly detected for the first time.  It was recorded simultaneously at two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) in Hanford, WA and Livingston, Louisiana.Spark Science attended a tour ...
2.07.2016

Spacecraft Chronicles 1: The JUNO mission with Emily Lakdawalla

Enjoy the first installment of the mini-podcast about past, present and future space missions just in time for JUNO’s arrival at Jupiter!In this episode we talk to Planetary Society’s Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, Emily Lakdawalla about JUNO’...
26.06.2016

Science On Screen - The Man Who Knew Infinity

In this episode Spark Science partners with the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA to host a ‚ÄúScience on the Screen‚ÄĚ event. ¬†WWU professors Dr. Amites Sarkar and Dr. Stephanie Treneer discuss the work of the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan ...
29.05.2016

Photonics& Friends - Interview with SPIE CEO

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics and Spark Science got the CEO to come to the Spark Radio studios for an interview.We talk about what the heck photonics is, spying with film and student chapters worldwide.  Spark Science even ...