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SIT'N Listen is a production of Science in the News - a graduate student run organization at Harvard University committed to (1) bridging the communication gap between scientists and the rest of the world and (2) catalyzing discussions between scientists, other experts and enthusiasts. Here at SITN we bring scientist to you! Listen in.

Latest Episodes

Pint-Sized Science: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab

Science and Society: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab, Episode 3 Interviewee: Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California Davis Interviewer: Valentina Lagomarsino, PhD Candidate in the Biological Sciences, Harvard University In this episode of the Pint-Sized Science Podcast, we sat down with Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, a professor at UC Davis whose research is focused on improving our basic understanding of how the brain functions and how it changes in the setting of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. In addition to talking about her scientific work, we also spoke with her about her work outside of the lab, including how she established the first brain bank in Latin America and started a non-profit to help teach young children about the benefits of learning about the brain. To learn more about Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño and her work, check out her website at www.ventricular.org. After listening to this episode, please check out sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/ for upcoming episodes and series updates.

30 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab

Pint-Sized Science: How do cells decide what to be when they grow up?

How do Cells Decide What To Be When They Grow Up?, Episode 4 Interviewee: Hernan Garcia, Assistant Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley Interviewer: Jonathan Jackson, PhD student in Biophysics, Harvard University How does a single cell give rise to a complicated organism? What controls how a DNA blueprint can give rise to so many different cell behaviors in so regulated a manner? How can statistical mechanics (we promise it's not too scary!) help scientists to address long-standing questions of developmental biology? Join us as we talk with Dr. Hernan Garcia, a professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, about how he and his lab investigate these questions by predicting developmental decisions in fruit flies.

22 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: How do cells decide what to be when they grow up?

Pint-Sized Science: The mysterious mitochondria

The Mysterious Mitochondria: More Than Just A Power Source? Interviewee: Dr. Katja Hansen, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Stirling Churchman, Harvard Medical School) Interviewer: Chris Rota (PhD Candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School) You might remember the mitochondria from biology class as the engine that produces the energy that cells (the smallest known units of life) need to function. Is that all mitochondria do though? What happens when mitochondria don’t function correctly? How do these tiny powerhouses actually know what to do (and when to do it) in the first place? And, lastly, how do we study the minutiae of these processes when we can’t even see mitochondria with the naked eye? Join us to find out the answers to these questions, and others, in today’s episode of Pint-Sized Science! For more episodes, series updates, and to find out more about our group, please check out the rest of our Soundcloud page as well as our website (sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/) for more information. Thanks for stopping by, and take care until next time!

28 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: The mysterious mitochondria

Pint-Sized Science: How do songbirds learn their songs?

Pint-Sized Science, Episode 1 How do songbirds learn their songs? Interviewee: Dr. Marc Schmidt, Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania Interviewer: Hope Merens, PhD Student in the Biological Sciences, Harvard University Have you ever wondered how a songbird knows the song that it sings? How successful are different songs at attracting female songbirds, and how do females decide what songs they like? What are the neurological underpinnings of these amazing behaviors, and how are scientists studying them? Join our Pint-Sized Science episode today as we attempt to answer these questions with Dr. Marc Schmidt, a professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania, who specializes in the study of songbird behavior and neurobiology. After listening to this episode, please check out sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/ for upcoming episodes and series updates.

29 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: How do songbirds learn their songs?

Sit'N Listen! Episode 12: Urban Planning for a Changing Climate

Amidst talk about the Paris climate accord and other multinational efforts to combat climate change, it's easy to lose sight of the extensive efforts occurring at the city and state levels to plan for and preempt the effects of environmental changes. To celebrate Earth Day 2018, we're taking a look at some of the strategies local communities are adopting to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure. Special thanks to our guests on this episode, John Bolduc, Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. Cheers, The SIT'N Listen Team Executive Producer: Amy Gilson Assistant producer: Yang Tian Correspondents: Sisi Hu, Illika Sahu, Tia Scarpelli, and Sam Wattrus Editors: Amy Gilson, Teshika Jayewickreme, Stanely Gill, Yang Tian Graphics by Rebecca Clements.

27 min2018 APR 23
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 12: Urban Planning for a Changing Climate

Sit'N Listen! Episode 11: The cross-talk between marine life and climate change

The oceans cover 70% of our planet, but did you know that less than 5% of the ocean floor has been explored? In the face of rapid climate change, ocean scientists are racing to understand what makes a healthy ocean and how rapid changes in ocean temperature, currents and chemistry will affect biodiversity, fishing, tourism, land erosion and myriad of other aspects that will affect us on land. Thanks to our wonderful collaborators at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for sponsoring our live audience recording. Many thanks to our wonderful podcast guest scientists Christina Hernandez, Gabriela Farfan, and Hanny Rivera for sharing their insights. Cheers, The SIT'N Listen Team Edited by Executive Producer Vinidhra Mani with valuable feedback from Executive Producers Elizabeth Jaensch and Amy Gilson Image Credit: Gabriela Farfan, Hanny Rivera

40 min2017 APR 22
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 11: The cross-talk between marine life and climate change

Sit'N Listen! Episode 10: Sports, Sex, and Gender

We’re back with a new episode of Sit’N Listen! This time we're delving into the world of sex, gender, and sports. Men and women have been competing in separate athletic events since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. But why? What biological differences affect the way men and women play sports? And what impact does all of this have on athletics, and on our broader culture? Tune in to find out! Correspondents: Dana Boebinger, Rachel Hanebutt, Brittany Mayweather, and Michael Ruiz Produced by Michelle Frank Sound editing by Dana Boebinger Special thanks to Kristen Osborne and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which co-sponsored this podcast as part of their upcoming conference on sports, gender, and society. We're also grateful to Jean-Francois Gauvin and Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for hosting the live recording of this podcast. We will post show notes with references and script on our website: sitn.hms.harvard.edu. Feel free to send us...

42 min2017 JAN 16
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 10: Sports, Sex, and Gender

Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 2)

Many important scientific discoveries have been may by doing experiments on animals. However these experiments raise deep scientific and ethical questions. This is Part Two of a two-parter examining how animals are used to learn about human health and disease. Correspondents: Michelle Frank, Alexandra Schnell, Mashaal Sohail, and Amy Gilson Episode Graphic by Pierre Baduel Producer and Audio Editor: Amy Gilson

33 min2016 DEC 4
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 2)

Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 1)

Many important scientific discoveries have been may by doing experiments on animals. However these experiments raise deep scientific and ethical questions. This is Part One of a two-parter examining how animals are used to learn about human health and disease. Correspondents: Michelle Frank, Alexandra Schnell, Mashaal Sohail, and Amy Gilson Episode Graphic by Pierre Baduel Producer and Audio Editor: Amy Gilson

34 min2016 OCT 20
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 1)

Sit'N Listen! Episode 8: Discovering Sex and Gender?

Sit'N Listen is back with another edition of Science and Society, a collaboration across disciplines. Here, we discuss many issues surrounding how certain concepts of sex and gender have become norms in our society and how these are shaped by (in, in turn, shape) our scientific understanding of this subject. Correspondents: Rachel Hanebutt, Michelle Frank, Jessica Cussins, Kellie Owens Advised by: Amy Gilson, Prof. Sheila Jasanoff Special thank you to Jean Francois Gauvin and the Center for Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard for making this wonderful live recording happen. If you happen to be in the Boston area, please do check out the exhibit! Sit'N Listen (S&S) Producers: Amy Gilson and Vinidhra Mani

40 min2016 JUL 5
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 8: Discovering Sex and Gender?

Latest Episodes

Pint-Sized Science: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab

Science and Society: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab, Episode 3 Interviewee: Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California Davis Interviewer: Valentina Lagomarsino, PhD Candidate in the Biological Sciences, Harvard University In this episode of the Pint-Sized Science Podcast, we sat down with Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, a professor at UC Davis whose research is focused on improving our basic understanding of how the brain functions and how it changes in the setting of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. In addition to talking about her scientific work, we also spoke with her about her work outside of the lab, including how she established the first brain bank in Latin America and started a non-profit to help teach young children about the benefits of learning about the brain. To learn more about Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño and her work, check out her website at www.ventricular.org. After listening to this episode, please check out sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/ for upcoming episodes and series updates.

30 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: A neuroscientist who empowers young brains outside of the lab

Pint-Sized Science: How do cells decide what to be when they grow up?

How do Cells Decide What To Be When They Grow Up?, Episode 4 Interviewee: Hernan Garcia, Assistant Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley Interviewer: Jonathan Jackson, PhD student in Biophysics, Harvard University How does a single cell give rise to a complicated organism? What controls how a DNA blueprint can give rise to so many different cell behaviors in so regulated a manner? How can statistical mechanics (we promise it's not too scary!) help scientists to address long-standing questions of developmental biology? Join us as we talk with Dr. Hernan Garcia, a professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, about how he and his lab investigate these questions by predicting developmental decisions in fruit flies.

22 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: How do cells decide what to be when they grow up?

Pint-Sized Science: The mysterious mitochondria

The Mysterious Mitochondria: More Than Just A Power Source? Interviewee: Dr. Katja Hansen, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Dr. Stirling Churchman, Harvard Medical School) Interviewer: Chris Rota (PhD Candidate in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School) You might remember the mitochondria from biology class as the engine that produces the energy that cells (the smallest known units of life) need to function. Is that all mitochondria do though? What happens when mitochondria don’t function correctly? How do these tiny powerhouses actually know what to do (and when to do it) in the first place? And, lastly, how do we study the minutiae of these processes when we can’t even see mitochondria with the naked eye? Join us to find out the answers to these questions, and others, in today’s episode of Pint-Sized Science! For more episodes, series updates, and to find out more about our group, please check out the rest of our Soundcloud page as well as our website (sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/) for more information. Thanks for stopping by, and take care until next time!

28 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: The mysterious mitochondria

Pint-Sized Science: How do songbirds learn their songs?

Pint-Sized Science, Episode 1 How do songbirds learn their songs? Interviewee: Dr. Marc Schmidt, Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania Interviewer: Hope Merens, PhD Student in the Biological Sciences, Harvard University Have you ever wondered how a songbird knows the song that it sings? How successful are different songs at attracting female songbirds, and how do females decide what songs they like? What are the neurological underpinnings of these amazing behaviors, and how are scientists studying them? Join our Pint-Sized Science episode today as we attempt to answer these questions with Dr. Marc Schmidt, a professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania, who specializes in the study of songbird behavior and neurobiology. After listening to this episode, please check out sitn.hms.harvard.edu/science-by-the-pint/ for upcoming episodes and series updates.

29 minOCT 13
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Pint-Sized Science: How do songbirds learn their songs?

Sit'N Listen! Episode 12: Urban Planning for a Changing Climate

Amidst talk about the Paris climate accord and other multinational efforts to combat climate change, it's easy to lose sight of the extensive efforts occurring at the city and state levels to plan for and preempt the effects of environmental changes. To celebrate Earth Day 2018, we're taking a look at some of the strategies local communities are adopting to address the challenges climate change is creating for urban infrastructure. Special thanks to our guests on this episode, John Bolduc, Environmental Planner for the City of Cambridge, and Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. Cheers, The SIT'N Listen Team Executive Producer: Amy Gilson Assistant producer: Yang Tian Correspondents: Sisi Hu, Illika Sahu, Tia Scarpelli, and Sam Wattrus Editors: Amy Gilson, Teshika Jayewickreme, Stanely Gill, Yang Tian Graphics by Rebecca Clements.

27 min2018 APR 23
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 12: Urban Planning for a Changing Climate

Sit'N Listen! Episode 11: The cross-talk between marine life and climate change

The oceans cover 70% of our planet, but did you know that less than 5% of the ocean floor has been explored? In the face of rapid climate change, ocean scientists are racing to understand what makes a healthy ocean and how rapid changes in ocean temperature, currents and chemistry will affect biodiversity, fishing, tourism, land erosion and myriad of other aspects that will affect us on land. Thanks to our wonderful collaborators at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for sponsoring our live audience recording. Many thanks to our wonderful podcast guest scientists Christina Hernandez, Gabriela Farfan, and Hanny Rivera for sharing their insights. Cheers, The SIT'N Listen Team Edited by Executive Producer Vinidhra Mani with valuable feedback from Executive Producers Elizabeth Jaensch and Amy Gilson Image Credit: Gabriela Farfan, Hanny Rivera

40 min2017 APR 22
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 11: The cross-talk between marine life and climate change

Sit'N Listen! Episode 10: Sports, Sex, and Gender

We’re back with a new episode of Sit’N Listen! This time we're delving into the world of sex, gender, and sports. Men and women have been competing in separate athletic events since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. But why? What biological differences affect the way men and women play sports? And what impact does all of this have on athletics, and on our broader culture? Tune in to find out! Correspondents: Dana Boebinger, Rachel Hanebutt, Brittany Mayweather, and Michael Ruiz Produced by Michelle Frank Sound editing by Dana Boebinger Special thanks to Kristen Osborne and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which co-sponsored this podcast as part of their upcoming conference on sports, gender, and society. We're also grateful to Jean-Francois Gauvin and Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for hosting the live recording of this podcast. We will post show notes with references and script on our website: sitn.hms.harvard.edu. Feel free to send us...

42 min2017 JAN 16
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 10: Sports, Sex, and Gender

Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 2)

Many important scientific discoveries have been may by doing experiments on animals. However these experiments raise deep scientific and ethical questions. This is Part Two of a two-parter examining how animals are used to learn about human health and disease. Correspondents: Michelle Frank, Alexandra Schnell, Mashaal Sohail, and Amy Gilson Episode Graphic by Pierre Baduel Producer and Audio Editor: Amy Gilson

33 min2016 DEC 4
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 2)

Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 1)

Many important scientific discoveries have been may by doing experiments on animals. However these experiments raise deep scientific and ethical questions. This is Part One of a two-parter examining how animals are used to learn about human health and disease. Correspondents: Michelle Frank, Alexandra Schnell, Mashaal Sohail, and Amy Gilson Episode Graphic by Pierre Baduel Producer and Audio Editor: Amy Gilson

34 min2016 OCT 20
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 9: When is an animal not a human: aka an episode on animal models (Part 1)

Sit'N Listen! Episode 8: Discovering Sex and Gender?

Sit'N Listen is back with another edition of Science and Society, a collaboration across disciplines. Here, we discuss many issues surrounding how certain concepts of sex and gender have become norms in our society and how these are shaped by (in, in turn, shape) our scientific understanding of this subject. Correspondents: Rachel Hanebutt, Michelle Frank, Jessica Cussins, Kellie Owens Advised by: Amy Gilson, Prof. Sheila Jasanoff Special thank you to Jean Francois Gauvin and the Center for Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard for making this wonderful live recording happen. If you happen to be in the Boston area, please do check out the exhibit! Sit'N Listen (S&S) Producers: Amy Gilson and Vinidhra Mani

40 min2016 JUL 5
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Sit'N Listen! Episode 8: Discovering Sex and Gender?
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