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Episode 024: Improving Photosynthesis with Dr. Steven Burgess

 

 

 

Summary:

Meet plant biologist, Dr. Steven Burgess. In this episode Dr. Burgess talks about his research in improving photosynthesis to increase crop yields. He also tells us about important skills needed to be a scientist which he believes are important skills for everyone. Are we teaching these skills in our NGSS classrooms? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:30 - 08:25    Learn about Steven's work with the RIPE lab
  • 06:30 - 11:45    Computational modeling and genetic modification
  • 12:15 - 13:30    How does this impact global warming? 
  • 15:30 - 19:00    How Steven got involved with this research
  • 19:30 - 23:55    Chlorophyll and light absorption
  • 24:30 - 29:30    Skills Steven thinks students need to pursue careers in...
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Episode 008_Meet Science Sam: Biologist Samantha Yammine

 

 

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Summary:

Host Margaret O´Sullivan meets Toronto’s Science Sam! Learn about Samantha Yammine’s PhD research in Dr. Derek van der Kooy's Neurobiology Research Group investigating some of the first cells of the brain - neural stem cells. Continue the conversation in our Facebook Group, NGS Navigators, and be entered to win a model brain for your classroom! 

Show Notes:

  • Introduction of Samantha Yammine, Science Sam.
  • Her research is based on neuro brain cells and their development
  • Details on how a PhD program works
  • One important part of the scientific process: what are the alternatives if your hypothesis is wrong?
  • The research Samantha does is good for brain injuries, alzheimer's disease, or other degenerative diseases.
  • PhD looks to see which pharmaceuticals are activating brain cells and how the stem cells build the cells in our brain
  • Sam recounts her experience...
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