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Chasing fireballs and the evolution of our solar system with Professor Gretchen Benedix

Episode #6918 Feb 2024

Chasing fireballs and the evolution of our solar system with Professor Gretchen Benedix

We've spoken about indirect career paths, but Professor Gretchen Benedix calls hers the pinball method, starting on a course that could change direction when she strikes something that she'd like to delve more into. This method has served Gretchen well and has given her opportunities to work with Dr Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, chase fireballs over the desert, hunt meteorites in Antarctica, and even get an asteroid named after her. Join us as we speak with Gretchen about her journey to astrogeology, discovering how the solar system evolved, and the Desert Fireball Network.

Veterinary policy and mental health with Dr Lydia Pethick

Episode #6812 Dec 2023

Veterinary policy and mental health with Dr Lydia Pethick

A common misconception about veterinary sciences is that it’s all about puppies and kittens, but that’s not always the case. Like other care providers, vets can have it tough in the service of the community and there is a lot of active work being done to ensure the vet industry, its people, the community, and not just the animals, can thrive. Join us as we speak with Dr Lydia Pethick, veterinarian, motivational speaker, and television presenter about working in policy and biosecurity as a vet, the state of mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary industry, and the actionable things we can do to positively impact our mindset and prevent burnout.

Plant immune systems and SciArt with Eleonora Moratto

Episode #6725 Nov 2023

Plant immune systems and SciArt with Eleonora Moratto

A common thread between the arts and the sciences is storytelling. In both scenarios you’re building worlds, and creating an understanding of the mechanisms that make the system work (or not work), and the relationships within that bubble. Eleonora Moratto is the Biology Ballerina. She is a freelance professional ballet dancer, and is currently completing her PhD in plant pathogen interactions. Join us as we speak about Eleonora’s work exploring electrical fields and plant immune systems, and her journey as a SciArtist.

Growth and sustainability with Dr Sandy Chong

Episode #6629 Oct 2023

Growth and sustainability with Dr Sandy Chong

Sustainability is more than just the environment. If you look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it's also about accessibility, equity, and inclusion in multiple areas of society, and covers things like the economy, infrastructure, community, and yes, climate and the environment. But they're the kinds of goals that bring everybody up so that no one is left behind. Join us in our conversation with Dr Sandy Chong, founding member of the Sustainable Development Goals Forum in WA, former president of the United Nations Association of WA, and member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. We speak about the impact of digital inclusion and how the UN Sustainable Development Goals benefit us all, and are for now, not later.

Creating opportunities for work-life choices with Dr Sirisha Kuchimanchi

Episode #6513 Oct 2023

Creating opportunities for work-life choices with Dr Sirisha Kuchimanchi

What is your personal worth? From an internal perspective, it's about having confidence in your sense of self and your values. But let's expand on that. Your worth can also be viewed in the connections you have made in your personal or professional communities, be it the kids' soccer parent who knows a job you'd be great for, or the ex-coworker whose passion project is your passion, too. It's also of course your financial position and what you can do to change it. Because growth in all these areas gives you more space to grow as well. Join us as we speak with Sirisha Kuchimanchi, entrepreneur, speaker, and former engineering and manufacturing executive, about navigating her career through economic downturns, and how the different aspects of your personal worth give you more options.

Systems thinking and the future of architecture with Evelyn Lee

Episode #6420 Sep 2023

Systems thinking and the future of architecture with Evelyn Lee

Architecture has always struck me as a multidisciplinary field. It draws knowledge from all areas of STEMM into creating the spaces in which we live and work. But that's not always how this profession is perceived and this reflects in the way the industry has and needs to evolve. Evelyn Lee is Head of Workplace Strategy and Innovation at Slack Technologies, and Founder of Practice of Architecture. Join us as we speak about the Evelyn's journey through architecture and tech, the future of architecture, and systems thinking in physical and organisational environments.

The interconnectedness of seemingly disparate things with Laura Langdon

Episode #6322 Aug 2023

The interconnectedness of seemingly disparate things with Laura Langdon

It's not about the destination, it's about the journey. But for today's guest, it's about both. Laura Langdon is a developer advocate who has the pleasure of combining her explorations and experience in theatre, computer science, mathematics, education, and data science into a role that rolls all of that into one perfect package. Join us as we speak of about Laura's experience in education, and the beauty of the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate things.

Bringing compassion back to technology with April Wensel

Episode #6206 Aug 2023

Bringing compassion back to technology with April Wensel

We could all do with a little bit more compassion in our lives, and April Wensel is making sure that we can bring it to our work as well. April Wensel is the founder of Compassionate Coding, helping companies and tech professionals communicate more and effectively so that we can be better at what we do better to each other and better to ourselves. Join us as we speak about April's journey through technology, finding purpose with compassionate coding, and putting the humanity back into technology.

Geospatial analysis and making information beautiful with Helen McKenzie

Episode #6121 Jul 2023

Geospatial analysis and making information beautiful with Helen McKenzie

Geographic information systems. There, I've lost a few of you already, but you're missing out because GIS is more than about where things are, but why they're there, and quite a few of those reasons are around why people do people things. Helen McKenzie is a cartographer, data visualiser, and geospatial advocate who is passionate about finding meaning in complex data and making information beautiful. We speak about Helen's love of maps and how we can use geospatial analysis to elegantly give us more meaning to the way we live in the world around us and keep our societies ticking away.

Reinvention with humility & embracing innovation with Lan Tran

Episode #6029 May 2023

Reinvention with humility & embracing innovation with Lan Tran

You have to pivot or reinvent yourself to stay relevant. This idea gets bandied about a lot these days but there are going to be times in your life and in business where it has to happen. Lan Tran is a powerhouse in sales and marketing is no stranger to this concept. She has seen the decline of the paper business directory with the advent of Google ads, the challenges of returning to work after raising a family, and the devastating impact of crypto on a local metaverse game studio. We speak about approaching reinvention with humility, and Lan's observations about innovation and entrepreneurship in tech and Western Australia.

Health and medical research strategy with Professor Moira Clay

Episode #5912 May 2023

Health and medical research strategy with Professor Moira Clay

Ever thought about asking a member of Parliament how to become Prime Minister? Moira Clay, a leading research strategist, asked that very question, and she's now cultivated a career helping leaders in health and medical research make an impact in both research and the community. Join us as we speak with Moira about her journey in medical research, and developing a holistic and comprehensive approach to cancer treatment.

Science film-making and D&D with Shamini Bundell

Episode #5801 May 2023

Science film-making and D&D with Shamini Bundell

Science communication comes in all mediums, from film-making to journalism, even Dungeons and Dragons, and Shamini Bundell does it all. Shamini is an award-winning filmmaker, a writer, and a journalist, working on the Nature YouTube channel, podcast, and magazine online. She is also one of the members of RPGeeks, combining Dungeons and Dragons with science. Join us as we speak about Shamini's journey through science and science media production, her introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, and applying her broad skillset to both science communication and creative arts.

Branding for Connection and FemTech with Ari Krzyzek

Episode #5715 Apr 2023

Branding for Connection and FemTech with Ari Krzyzek

Have you ever looked at a business beyond their visual branding and thought about who they are and what they stand for, and who the owners are and what they stand for? Branding is more than just an aesthetic. It's about connection. Join us as we speak with Ari Krzyzek, CEO and Head of Strategy of Chykalophia about Ari's journey to creating her own brand agency, the potential of FemTech to change the narrative around women's health, and why knowing your 'why' can help you to succeed.

Women and caste in tech in India with Raksha Kumar

Segue #219 Mar 2023

Women and caste in tech in India with Raksha Kumar

Bias and discrimination are everywhere. It's something we as a society are generally trying to improve. But when it comes to solutions, there is nuance in terms of cultural and social context, personal perceptions, and privilege that can complicate matters. Join us as we speak with Raksha Kumar, an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker with a focus on land, forest, and human rights issues. We speak about Raksha's investigative work into the layered and complex issues of caste and sexism in India's tech industry, and elsewhere too.

Biomedical to software engineering and paying our experiences forward through mentoring with Krithika Chandramouli

Episode #5604 Mar 2023

Biomedical to software engineering and paying our experiences forward through mentoring with Krithika Chandramouli

If you can't decide between two career paths, try exploring both. Krithika Chandramouli found biomedical engineering to be a sweet spot between health sciences and technology and was able to explore both pursuits before she found her way to software engineering. Join us as we speak about Krithika's path to software engineering, contributing back to the community through her work and mentorship, and going from a love-hate relationship with running to completing a half-marathon.

The human side of clinical development and re-inspiring curiosity in science with Leah Elson

Episode #5517 Feb 2023

The human side of clinical development and re-inspiring curiosity in science with Leah Elson

Compassion in healthcare is about operating with respect in more ways than one. We've spoken previously about the cultural side of medicine and the program Operating With Respect, but today I speak with Leah Elson about developing technology and procedures that can create psychologically and physiologically better patient outcomes, and also about getting people excited about science again.

Science Entrepreneurship and Turning Waste into Resources with Dr Kandis Leslie Gilliard-AbdulAziz

Episode #5404 Jan 2023

Science Entrepreneurship and Turning Waste into Resources with Dr Kandis Leslie Gilliard-AbdulAziz

What can we do with CO2 and methane, or agricultural and plastic wastes? An awful lot. I speak with Dr Kandis Leslie Abdul-Aziz about teaching scientists to think like entrepreneurs, and how we can repurpose waste to create new resources and develop more effective alternatives to their fossil fuel-based equivalents.

Tech, the Arts, and the Value of Human Interaction with Shirley Yu

Episode #5323 Dec 2022

Tech, the Arts, and the Value of Human Interaction with Shirley Yu

Shirley Yu began her journey as a computer scientist, and is an award-winning environmental portraiture and conceptual still life photographer with clients including New York TImes, Wall Street Journal, and Time. She's also the founder of Choosii, a community app for collectors to curate, share, and acquire their collections, and cultivate connection. Join us as we speak about Shirley's journey from computer science to entrepreneurism, her creative process, and building communities with our collections.

DNA: The Code of Life and Diversity for Innovation with Dr Parwinder Kaur

Episode #5210 Dec 2022

DNA: The Code of Life and Diversity for Innovation with Dr Parwinder Kaur

DNA is cool. It's the code of life and who we are at a biological level. Know what else is cool? Open-source DNA, for animal conservation. Dr Parwinder Kaur, an award-winning scientist, and entrepreneur. Come join us as we speak about how Parwinder uses her talents in biotechnology and genetics for conservation, and creating sustainable solutions through interdisciplinary innovation.

Satellites, Wildfires, and Geography as Home Economics on a Global Scale with Dr Jessica McCarty

Episode #5126 Nov 2022

Satellites, Wildfires, and Geography as Home Economics on a Global Scale with Dr Jessica McCarty

Dr Jessica McCarty specialises in all things satellites, wildfires, and agriculture and works with organisations like NASA and the Arctic Council on a range of fascinating problems around the relationship between humans and the world around us. Join us as we talk about fire, people, climate, and what Jessica describes as home economics on a global scale.