Read Science!

Conversations about Science Communication and Communicating Science with Non-Scientists

Apr
22

Episode 20 : “Your Inner Fish” Edition (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 22 April 2014

Streamed live on 22 April 2014.

In this episode we talked with paleontologist, author, and television presenter Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish : A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body”; and scientific illustrator Kalliopi Monoyios, who illustrated “Your Inner Fish”. We talked about the discovery of the Tiktaalik fossil by Shubin’s team (and saw a neat cast of its skull), most every scientific discipline you can think of an how they’re related, and the importance of art in science and science communication. We probably mentioned teeth, too, because who can talk about fossils without mentioning teeth?

We recorded this episode in collaboration with Scientific American, and we are grateful for their support and most excellent production help.

To “like” us on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/ReadScience.

Apr
22

Episode 20 : “Your Inner Fish” Edition (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 22 April 2014

Streamed live on 22 April 2014.

In this episode we talked with paleontologist, author, and television presenter Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish : A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body”; and scientific illustrator Kalliopi Monoyios, who illustrated “Your Inner Fish”. We talked about the discovery of the Tiktaalik fossil by Shubin’s team (and saw a neat cast of its skull), most every scientific discipline you can think of an how they’re related, and the importance of art in science and science communication. We probably mentioned teeth, too, because who can talk about fossils without mentioning teeth?

We recorded this episode in collaboration with Scientific American, and we are grateful for their support and most excellent production help.

To “like” us on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/ReadScience.

Mar
20

Episode 19 : “Sci-Comm Power Couple: Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll” edition (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 20 March 2014

Streamed live on 13 March 2014

We started our 2014 season conversing with a science-communication power couple : Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, who happen to be married to each other. The books providing discussion material were Jennifer Ouellette’s Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self, and Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World. As usual, we ran out of time before we ran out of conversation.

We recorded this episode in collaboration with “Scientific American”, and we are grateful to them for their support and most excellent production help.

Mar
20

Episode 19 : “Sci-Comm Power Couple: Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll” edition (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 20 March 2014

Streamed live on 13 March 2014

We started our 2014 season conversing with a science-communication power couple : Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, who happen to be married to each other. The books providing discussion material were Jennifer Ouellette’s Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self, and Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World. As usual, we ran out of time before we ran out of conversation.

We recorded this episode in collaboration with “Scientific American”, and we are grateful to them for their support and most excellent production help.

Jan
15

Marcus Chown on “Learning about New Things”, e15:x02

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 15 January 2014

Excerpted from “Read Science!”, episode 15; recorded on 17 October 2013.

Jan
15

Marcus Chown on “How to Write About Everything”, e15:x01

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 15 January 2014

Excerpted from “Read Science!”, episode 15; recorded on 17 October 2013.

Jan
15

E.O.Wilson on “How Important is Learning Math?”, e11:x04

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 15 January 2014

Excerpted from “Read Science!”, episode 11; recorded on 27 August 2013.

Jan
15

E.O.Wilson on “The Importance of a Teacher’s Enthusiasm”, e11:x03

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 15 January 2014

Excerpted from “Read Science!”, episode 11; recorded on 27 August 2013.

Jan
15

E.O.Wilson on “Ellis MacLeod & Mentoring”, e11:x02

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 15 January 2014

Excerpted from “Read Science!”, episode 11; recorded on 27 August 2013.

Jan
15

E.O.Wilson on “Science as a Social Phenomenon”, e11:x01

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 15 January 2014

Excerpted from “Read Science!”, episode 11; recorded on 27 August 2013.

Nov
25

Episode 18 : “Dogs” edition (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 25 November 2013

Streamed live on 25 November 2013

I refuse to be drawn into cliché : I will not say that this episode was for the dogs, but working dogs, what they do, how they do it, and what they think about it, was the topic for today’s episode. We had two splendid guests, knowledgeable on the topic : Virginia Morell, author of “Animal Wise : The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures”, and Cat Warren, author of “What the Dog Knows : The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs”. We talked about dogs, their human companions, and many of their animal compatriots, with lots of stories, humor, and science. It was a nice treat talking about our species’ best friend.

Nov
25

Episode 18 : “Dogs” edition (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 25 November 2013

Streamed live on 25 November 2013

I refuse to be drawn into cliché : I will not say that this episode was for the dogs, but working dogs, what they do, how they do it, and what they think about it, was the topic for today’s episode. We had two splendid guests, knowledgeable on the topic : Virginia Morell, author of “Animal Wise : The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures”, and Cat Warren, author of “What the Dog Knows : The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs”. We talked about dogs, their human companions, and many of their animal compatriots, with lots of stories, humor, and science. It was a nice treat talking about our species’ best friend.

Nov
14

Episode 17 : “Astronaut Chris Hadfield” edition (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 14 November 2013

Streamed live on 14 November 2013

Our conversation today was out of this world (go on, try to avoid that pun) when our very special guest was Canadian Astronaut, recent Commander of an ISS Expedition, Twitter phenomenon, and Space Rock-Star Chris Hadfield. We talked about his new book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth : What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything”. As is our habit, we talked about science, and science outreach, and being prepared for life and everything that might come along, space toilets, and the fact that “it’s all going to be on the quiz” sooner or later.

For this conversation we were joined by Clara Moskowitz, associate editor at Scientific American, covering space and physics, We recorded this episode in collaboration with Scientific American, and we are grateful to them for their support and most excellent production help.

(Yes, for this episode the Google software for the Hangout was not switching the big image to match the speaker, but the audio is good, so bear with us.)

Nov
14

Episode 17 : “Astronaut Chris Hadfield” edition (audio)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 14 November 2013

Streamed live on 14 November 2013

Our conversation today was out of this world (go on, try to avoid that pun) when our very special guest was Canadian Astronaut, recent Commander of an ISS Expedition, Twitter phenomenon, and Space Rock-Star Chris Hadfield. We talked about his new book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth : What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything”. As is our habit, we talked about science, and science outreach, and being prepared for life and everything that might come along, space toilets, and the fact that “it’s all going to be on the quiz” sooner or later.

For this conversation we were joined by Clara Moskowitz, associate editor at Scientific American, covering space and physics, We recorded this episode in collaboration with Scientific American, and we are grateful to them for their support and most excellent production help.

(Yes, for this episode the Google software for the Hangout was not switching the big image to match the speaker, but the audio is good, so bear with us.)

Nov
05

Episode 16 : “Disastrous Planet” edition (video)

Posted by jnshaumeyer on 5 November 2013

Streamed live on 5 November 2013

Our topic today was all the natural disasters that Earth is prone to : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, landslides, volcanoes — all the stuff that disaster movies thrive on, only we were more interested in the reality and the geology that’s behind all those disastrous events, not to mention how to communicate that reality to the public.

All of those things were things done very well by today’s guest, geologist Susan W. Kieffer, in her book “The Dynamics of Disaster”, and we discussed quite a bit of that plus some other things as we are wont to do.