Episode 034: Skype a Scientist and Squids with Sarah McAnulty


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Meet the founder of Skype a Scientist, Sarah McAnulty! In this episode Sarah tells us all about how Skype a Scientist began and her PhD work with Hawaiian bobtail squids. Find out how to participate in Skype a Scientist and learn some fascinating facts about cephalopods.

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Show Highlights

  • 02:00 - 04:30    Introduction to Sarah and Skype a Scientist
  • 05:00 - 07:30    How teachers can help Skype a Scientist succeed
  • 08:00 - 13:00    What resources Skype a Scientist provides for teachers
  • 13:15 - 22:00    Sarah's research on Hawaiian bobtail Squid & bio-luminescence
  • 22:00 - 23:30    How Sarah became a scientist
  • 24:00 - 26:30    Misconceptions about squid & the difference between squid and octopuses
  • 28:00 - 29:30    How Sarah's research helps human health
  • 31:00 - 32:30    Sarah's advice for teachers

 Show Quotes 

"I started this nonprofit back in January of 2017, and I noticed that there was a growing mistrust of science and scientists generally in the United States, and so I wanted to see if there was something that we as scientists could do about that. I noticed that a lot scientists wanted to do something, but didn't exactly know what to do." [2:15 - 2:35] Sarah McAnulty

"Everywhere there's salt water, there's certainly a cephalopod, and there's probably a squid." [26:23 - 26:35] Sarah McAnulty 

"Scientists aren't geniuses. We're just people who know a lot about one thing. So definitely don't be intimidated by us." [31:05 - 31:15] Sarah McAnulty 


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