Einstein A Go Go – 26 June 2016

Einstein A Go Go – 26th June 2016

Dr Euan, Dr Ray, Dr Shane

News Items: Travel bacterium, bio inspired adhesion, the Hubble space telescope budget, recently discovered Asteroid 2016H03,

First guest: Dr Sweta Iyer, WEHI Melbourne researchers have discovered a new way of triggering cell death, in a finding that could lead to drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune disease. More here

Second Guest: Emily Cohen - PhD Student Hudson Research Institute Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) describes the situation where a baby does not grow appropriately during pregnancy. It usually results from a poor functioning placenta, which compromises oxygen and nutrient delivery to the baby. More here

Third Guest: Associate Professor Hans Meij is the first Executive Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Are we elephants or mice? Do we survive by investing in a long qualitative life or by fast reproduction? Hans is an impassioned advocate for EMR’s and the use of the present digital opportunities to improve both patient’s health care and medical research.

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Dr Shane, Dr Ailie and Dr Krystal discuss this week’s hot science stories, including storing carbon dioxide in volcanic rock, a global atlas of light pollution, and the Juno spacecraft’s pending arrival at Jupiter.

The team talk to Jennifer Walz from the Florey Institute, about her group’s research, involving a new method of analysing brainwave data to determine the sequence that different brain regions are activated during a patient’s seizure, which can be used to customise treatments for each patient.

They also interview Jane Visvader from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, whose research team’s studies have revealed that breast cells develop two nuclei as the breast switches on lactation to nurture the newborn.

Finally, that talk with Professor Elizabeth Hartland, the Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Her team believe they have found a major response that helps keep the Legionella infection at bay. With this discovery, they have dissected the complex roles of legions of immune cells that interact to destroy the bacterium. This would enable patients to have a more accurate prognosis for the infection, giving vital information about when to use antibiotics.

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In the studio this week are Dr Shane, Dr Jen and Chris KP.

A study from Oxford University looks at "pristine habitats" and discovered that not only are there none left, they haven't existed for thousands of years. Cat videos and a study from the Czech Institute of life sciences come together about the grazing and post threat behaviour in deer. Melbourne weather and La Niña, Icelandic geothermal production plant CO2 sequestration into rocks.

The First guest is Jo Douglass (in the studio) - head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne, talks about asthma and allergies.

The Second Guest is Craig Dent (in the studio) - PhD student from the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, talks about flowering plants and how they regulate their flowering and the application of this research.

The Third Guest is Skip Woolley (in the studio) - PhD student at the School for Bio-Sciences, and part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Melbourne, he talks about deep ocean research.

Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:

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Dr Shane is joined in the studio with colleagues Dr Krystal and Chris KP.

The team begin discussing science news.

Dr Krystal opens with the latest updates on Cancer vaccines, more specifically the method of boosting our own immune system to fight the disease.

Chris KP then delves into the world of meerkats, and recent studies into weight being an advantage when selecting an appropriate leader for a meerkat colony. Is it better to be a fat meerkat?

Dr Shane shares with the team the news of an exciting and upcoming art exhibition being held at Maroondah access gallery titled 'Between two worlds', then finish on the topic of Panda bears, are they in fact bears? Can they hear higher frequency sounds than first thought?

First Guests:

Dr Sarah Meachem - President of the Australian society for medical research & also Testicular Physiologist, Department of Anatomy & Biology at Monash University. AND

Dr Ted Berger Professor of Biomedical engineering at Viterbi, School of engineering in university of Southern California.

The team and guests discuss the upcoming 'Medical research week' happening here in Australia and in particular Ted's prize of 'ASMR Medallist for 2016' for raising awareness of the benefits of medical research in our community. Ted's expertise area is that of neuroprosthetics.

Second Guest:

Dr Terrance Chong - Academic Unit for Psychiatry for old age at University of Melbourne.

Dr Chong and the team discuss multiple topics including Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Mindfullness and the effects of physical activity on wellbeing and even Dementia.

Third Guest:

Associate Professor Kate Hoy - Head of the cognitive therapeutics group at Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre at Monash University.

The team and Professor Hoy discuss (among other things) the treatment of cognitive impairment through the use of non-invasive brain stimulation.


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Einstein A Go Go - 29 May 2016

Dr Shane, Dr Ray and Emily (Zoos Victoria guest) discuss spider mating habits, weed killer links to cancer, a crazy plan to probe the Jupiter moon Europa and Zoos Victoria ‘Don’t Palm Us Off Project’.

Second Guest:  Bernard Wood, Professor of Human Origins and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, George Washington University tells us all about his extensive research into paleoanthropology.

Third Guest:    Travis Park, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University discusses his current research which includes the earliest members of the two living groups of whales.

Fourth Guest: Dr Julia Marchingo,PhD graduate and receiver of the Victorian Young Achiever Award, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research tells us all about her groundbreaking immunology research as well as her advocacy for vaccination and gender equity.

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Dr Shane is joined by Dr Ray and Dr Krystal.

First guest is Drew Barry who is a Bafta and Emmy-award-winning Drew Berry has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for 20 years. Drew’s animations bring to life biological processes that are difficult for people to comprehend and impossible to observe. Drew was awarded the MacArthur fellowship AKA ‘Genius Grant’ to pursue his work in science communication. This fellowship has recently come to a close and Drew is reflecting on all that it has enabled him to achieve.

Guest 2 Professor Andrew Tonkin from Monash University
Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in Australia, despite ongoing efforts in prevention and treatment.
A major national Monash University collaboration is now testing whether a safe, one-off vaccination can help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Guest 3 is Georgia Atkin-Smith, PhD Candidate from the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science at La Trobe University
Georgia's research focuses on the understanding how white blood cells die. This research project combines novel cell biological techniques with immunological assays to understand the implications of cell death within our immune system.

Direct download: Einstein-A-Go-Go-20160522.mp3
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Einstein A Go Go – 15th May 2016

Einstein A Go Go – 15th May 2016

Dr Olivia, Dr Ailie, Dr Krystal, and Dr Shane

News items: Hyperloop prototype updates, Can we use genomic and genetic analysis in the study of social sciences? How the media reports science, Gene Cernan touring Australia and Look out, 1200 new planets up there!

First guest: Dr Andrew Tomkins Faculty of Science Monash University. “Cosmic dust reveals Earth’s ancient atmosphere using the oldest fossil micrometeorites – space dust – ever found, Monash University-led research has made a surprising discovery about the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago” More Here

Second guest: Dr Kathryn Mumford and Jack Churchill School of Engineering University of Melbourne. “There are now more than 50 research stations on the Antarctic continent after more than a century of exploration and research. But this has brought some side-effects. Poorly built historical structures and prior ineffective management of waste have led to soil contamination.” More Here

Last News item: is a gif by Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading. It illustrates the instrumental record for the global temperature, changing over time, in spiral motion.

Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Podcasts

and every Sunday at 11a.m AEST on RRR 102.7mHz FM

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Dr Shane, Dr Euan, Dr Jen and Chris KP bring you this week’s hottest science news, including the ancient forests of Antarctica, fat labradors, how the brain is triggered by words, and some newly found nearby exoplanets.

The team speak with Penny Bonda (founding chair & primary author of the USA’s Green Building Council committee for LEED Commercial Interiors rating system, author of Sustainability Matters, and fellow of the Green Building Council) about the latest work to make buildings green and healthy.

The next guest is Sophia Frentz (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Melbourne, Mitochondrial Research, Genetics Theme, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute), who discusses her work that focuses on treatments and the various model systems used to investigate mitochondrial disorders.

Finally, they speak with Luke T James, the Victorian Coordinator of the Science Party, who are trying to do is to bring the evidence-based mindset you find in scientific fields to politics by utilising evidence based policy.

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In the studio this week are Dr Shane, Dr Ray, Dr Ailie and Dr Jen in this special Gender and Workplace Diversity episode.

First guests (via Skype) - Prof. Emma Johnson from the School of Biological Sciences at UNSW who talks about what she studies and the tools used to study them, the coral reef bleaching and gender equality in tertiary institutions.

Dr Ailie and Dr Jen focus on gender and diversity issues in the workplace, and
specifically in education and research. What are the statistics, why does it
matter and unconcious bias.

Second Guest (via Skype) - Lisa Harvey-Smith from CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science Division talks about her research and latest results using the CSIRO's new pathfinder telescope and her involvement with the Gene Cernan series of shows.

The team wrap-up with what can be done to address gender imbalances.

Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:

Program page: http://www.rrr.org.au/program/einstein-a-go-go/
Facebook page: Einstein A Go Go
Twitter: https://twitter.com/einstein_agogo

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Dr Shane is joined in the studio with colleagues Dr Krystal and Dr Ray.

Dr Krystal kicks the team off talking Dinosaurs, Extinction theories and why did all the birds survive when the dinosaurs died off? Could teeth hold the answers?

Dr Ray then talks Sleep, more specifically how people sleep. Have you ever noticed why when you go to sleep somewhere for the first time, the sleep isn't so deep? Dr Ray explains the theory of 'First night effect'

Showcasing the power of community radio, and the influence of the EAGG team, a few years back Dr Shane and fellow EAGG co-host Dr Lauren met with a young Melbourne boy named Kai to assist with a school project on the bionic eye, fast forward to now and the young boy is representing Australia in another science related endeavour in Spain.

First guests: Gregory Crocetti & Briony Barr - Graphic Novelists

The team are joined in the studio to discuss their graphic novel centred around stories about microbes in the battlefield 'The Invisable War'

Second Guests: Chris McCormack & Cathy Cavallo - Wild Melbourne

Chris and Cathy are next in the studio to discuss the Wild Melbourne group which provides science for education purposes, specifically sharing their knowledge of our local Victorian environment.

Third Guest: Associate Professor Dr Sofianos Andrikopoulos NHMRC Senior research fellow, Department of Medicine a University of Melbourne & Austin Hospital.

Dr Andrikopoulos joins the team in the studio to talk all things Type 2 diabetes, How does it work? What is the difference between type 1 and type 2? and what's the latest in diagnosis and treatment?

Remember, “Science is everywhere”, including:



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