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Author: Niamh Chapman

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National award-winning radio show and podcast bringing a fresh new perspective on the issues that matter to you from the heart of Tasmania. We cover all things Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) from medical marijuana to science behind mental health issues, we feature expert guests and get to the guts of the issue.
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Can power grids cause bushfires and what advances have made engineering climate change resilient infrastructure a possibility for our communities? Niamh Chapman and Dr. Sarah Lyden interviewed Samantha Vahedi from Hydro Tasmania and Jason King from Tas Networks about the challenges for engineers in the face of a changing climate and increased bush fire risk. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman and Dr. Sarah LydenGuests: Samantha Vahedi, Hydro Tasmania and Jason King from Tas NetworksProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
There have been harrowing sights of wildlife loss over the course of the catastrophic bushfire season. This episode we interviewed Dr Sue Baker, Research Fellow in forest ecology at the University of Tasmania and Greg Irons, Director of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We will cover the way plants, animals and insects have evolved with bushfire in Australia and the impact of a prolonged fire season on their survival.For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman and Kelsey PicardProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
The first episode of 2020 covers the topic on everyone’s lips this summer – the Australian bushfires. We chat with Dr Grant Williamson and Dr Bec Harris from the University of Tasmania about the role that climate change is having on bushfire occurrences and severity, and what that means for Australia into the future.Hosts: Niamh Chapman and Kelsey PicardProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
Hannah talks with Mibu Fischer, Quandamooka woman and CSIRO scientist. Mibu’s specific interests are around utilising Traditional Knowledges and management practices are considered within modern day fisheries, coastal and conservation management. Her goal is to bridge a gap that draws attention to the indigenous communities facing the frontline of impacts and changes to coastlines, ecosystems and livelihoods from climate change impacts. This series was produced for National Science Week with thanks to the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeodHosts: Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)
Kate interviews Megan Hartog, Marine scientist working at the CSIRO Marine National Facility as a Voyage Operations Manager. Megan tells us what it’s like organising different voyages and arranging research out at sea.  This series was produced for National Science Week with thanks to the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeodHosts: Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)
Today, Olly talks with marine ecologist Associate Professor Mary-Anne Lea about her incredible career in marine science. Mary-Anne talks us through life out on remote islands with seals and seabirds, as well as how a support network can make all the difference in the sciences.This series was produced for National Science Week with thanks to the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeodHosts: Olly Dove (@littledove440)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)
Olly talks with expert guest Claire Butler on what transitioning from research to working in the marine industry is like, as part of a collaboration between That’s What I Call Science! and The Royal Society of Tasmania for National Science Week 2020. This series was produced for National Science Week with thanks to the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia program. Show theme music: Kevin MacLeodHosts: Olly Dove (@littledove440)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles) & Olly Dove (@littledove440)Media & Promotion: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)
Niamh and Kate talk to clinical psychologist Dr Kimberley Norris about how people cope in extreme and unusual environments like isolation. Kim’s research looked at Antarctic scientists and NASA astronauts, but her findings are relevant for all of us to maintain good mental health while social distancing.This week we are launching a new feature and bringing you a how-to guide for coping with relaxed restrictions. Check it out here: https://thatsscience.org/thats-what-i-call-science-blog/Show theme music: Kevin MacLeodImage credit: freekpik.com <a href="https://www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/people">People vector created by pch.vector - www.freepik.com</a>Hosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Kate Johnson (@KatePlantPhys)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)Media: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_)
In this episode Niamh and Hannah talk to elasmobranch ecologist David Moreno, about his work with shark and skate species in Macquarie Harbour here in Tasmania. The unique and challenging environment of Macquarie Harbour has made the species that inhabit it adapt and become unique from anywhere else in extremely interesting ways. We discuss how climate change is a huge issue for our marine life and how they are responding to this challenge over time, as well as society’s stereotypical views of sharks and how this is often misleading. To listen on demand or to access all previous episodes visit our podcast webpage via this link: https://thatssciencetas.buzzsprout.com/For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Hannah McCleary (@mccleary_hannah)Production: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)Media: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_)
In this episode we explore all things hydro power related including the exciting opportunities of pumped hydro. Wind and Solar are renewable resources which vary significantly based on the weather, so technology to store this energy for use when demand increases is becoming important. While batteries have limitations to store all this extra renewable energy, pumped hydro presents an improved large-scale energy storage solution.To listen on demand or to access all previous episode visit our podcast webpage via this link: https://thatssciencetas.buzzsprout.com/For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman (@nchapmanTAS) & Sarah LydenProduction: Meredith Castles (@meredithcastles)Media: Olivia Holloway (@LivHolloway_)
Health literacy helps us access, understand and use information to make decisionsabout our health and medical care. Our health literacy is not an individual skill butan asset for the individual and the community.This week Niamh Chapman interviewed Dr Rosie Nash, health literacy expert,pharmacist and public health lecturer from the School of Medicine at the Universityof Tasmania.To listen on demand or to access all previous episode visit our podcast webpagevia this link: https://thatssciencetas.buzzsprout.com/For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHost: Niamh ChapmanProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
Mindfulness is a practice that has shown positive benefits for stress management and health, but what’s it all about? Tune in to hear Niamh Chapman and Dr. Larissa Bartlett discuss what is mindfulness, how can one develop the skill of being mindful and how this could help to cope with stress both in and out of the workplace! To listen on demand or to access all previous episode visit our podcast webpage via this link:  https://thatssciencetas.buzzsprout.com/For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh ChapmanProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
In this week's episode Niamh and Meredith chat to Dr Emily Lowe-Calverly, a researcher from the University of Tasmania, about the science of 'Likes' and how psychology might be the driving force behind social media or social connection in the digital age. They break down the positive and negative aspects of social media use and the design of the technology that enforces addictive behaviours, and take a look at the effects social media is having on society and our interactions.  To listen on demand or to access all previous episode visit our podcast webpage via this link:  https://thatssciencetas.buzzsprout.com/For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHost: Niamh ChapmanProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
Celebrating women - final installation of our International Women's Day series.The team from Science in the Pub recently awarded an Inspiring Women in STEM grant to an international PhD student to allow her to go back to her home country and share her research. This week we chat to Dr Emily Flies from Science in the Pub and the winner of the grant, Mercy Ndalila about how the grant has allowed Mercy to inspire a new generation of Kenyan girls. Mercy studies pyrogeography, the science of wildfires, and she hopes her study of Tasmanian bushfires will help Kenyan scientists understand wildfires in their own country.  To listen on demand or to access all previous episode visit our podcast webpage via this link:  https://thatssciencetas.buzzsprout.com/For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHost: Allanna RussellProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia HollowayFor more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHost: Allanna RussellProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
For the second installation for our 3 part International Women’s Day miniseries we were lucky enough to interview the 2019 Australian of the Year for Tasmania, Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas. We’re talking about Jess’s research, her experience as a women in STEM and her advocacy work in that space. Jess is a passionate advocate for greater diversity and increased women in leadership in STEM, an excellent science communicator and a champion for policy engagement. Jess has demonstrated excellence in research into marine ecosystems and how they are influenced by human activity and was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Oceans & Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (2019). Show some love, like, subscribe and/or review wherever you get your podcast it really increases the visibility of our show and would help grow our audience to share the good word of STEM <3 For more updates follow us on:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman and Kelsey PicardProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
In celebration of International women’s day (8th of March), we have an awesome 3-part special! To kick it off, we have an episode with ALL of our team members at TWICS. Tune in to get to know the women working hard behind the scenes to bring weekly content covering all things STEM. We will also introduce a team member each day of this week and highlight the contributions women are making to our science community - follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates search (@ThatsScienceTAS) or use the links below. Hannah McCleary is our newest member and wasn't in this recording - check out the Indigenous Knowledge episode we recently recorded with her! You can catch all of our podcasts here: http://bit.ly/ThatsScienceTASFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: @ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman, Dr. Sarah Lyden, Kelsey Picard, Allanna Russell, Meredith Castles and Olivia Holloway.Production: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are and what they can be used for. To dispel some of the myths, Niamh sat down with Tasmanian games development company Secret Lab's Dr Paris Buttfield, Dr Tim Nugent and Dr Jon Manning who along with co-host Meredith Castles presented a successful PAXAUS 2019 panel in which they trained an AI live on stage to hundreds of people. The episode delves into the science and tech of AI and some of the uses it has in shaping our world.The link to the YouTube video of the PAXAUS panel is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf0N6kWBzhsHosts: Niamh Chapman and Meredith CastlesGuests: Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison, Dr Jon Manning, Dr Tim Nugent – Secret LabProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia HollowayImage credit: Photo by Matan Segev from Pexels
There is a wealth of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia, today we are talking about the intersection between Indigenous Knowledge of sea country and marine science. Host Niamh Chapman interviewed three guests from CSIRO: Engagement Programs Coordinator Dr. Ben Arthur, Palawa woman and Coordinator of the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship Hannah McCleary and Quandamooka woman and researcher at CSIRO Mibu Fischer. For more information:The link to the ITSS program is: https://mnf.csiro.au/en/Education/ITSS-ScholarshipThe link to info on the first voyage is: https://mnf.csiro.au/en/Voyages/IN2019_T03Hosts: Niamh Chapman Production: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia HollowayImage credit: Hannah McCleary CSIRO 
In this week’s episode we discuss the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on the 31st of December 2019. With the internet being strife with fake science and conspiracies, we decided to talk to a specialist in immunology and virology. With the help of our guest, Associate Professor, Guna Karupiah, from the Tasmanian School of Medicine, we delve into the science behind the 2019-nCoV outbreak and the production of vaccines.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThatsScienceTAS/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThatsScienceTASHosts: Niamh Chapman and Olivia HollowayProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
This week we caught up with budding botanist, Fiona Walsh from Utas School of Natural Science. Listen in as Kelsey and Niamh explore what seed banks are, how they how they might be used and how they can hold the key to ecological and food security for our future.Hosts: Niamh Chapman and Kelsey PicardProduction: Meredith CastlesMedia: Olivia Holloway
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Jake Foreman

Best podcast ever :)

Aug 25th
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