BlueSci Podcast

Oct 19 2020 33 mins 35

What's the latest in science these days? How can scientific advances help improve our world? And what's it like to be a scientist, anyway? Every two weeks we delve into the intersections between science, technology, and society, featuring guest researchers who present a fresh perspective on their work, what goes on behind the scenes, and the latest developments in their fields. Transcripts available: www.bluesci.co.uk/category/podcast/ Brought to you by the Cambridge University Science Magazine. Hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre. New episodes every other Monday.
















Understanding the immune response to the SARS-CoV2 virus, featuring Dr Chinedu Ugwu
Jun 01 2020 24 mins  
This week we spoke to Dr Chiendu Ugwu, a lecturer and a research fellow at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID) at Redeemer's University in Ede, Nigeria (https://acegid.org/).  He has just been granted a Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Award to study the immune correlates of protection to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Nigeria (SIP-NG). We speak to him about how he designed this new project, how the results will contribute to effective vaccine design, and how better and more sustainable frameworks for international collaboration are essential to making research and opportunities more accessible to all communities. A transcription of this episode is available on our website: https://www.bluesci.co.uk/posts/podcast-023-chinedu You can find out more about Dr Ugwu's current research project (SIP-NG) here: https://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-africa-updates/sars-cov-2-immune-correlates-of-protection-in-nigeria-sip-ng/ And his work at Redeemer's University here: http://staff.run.edu.ng/process.php?active=myprofile&usrid=RUN%2FREG%2FSS%2FPF%2F843. To see other projects funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research Fund COVID-19 Emergency Award: https://www.cambridge-africa.cam.ac.uk/initiatives/emergency/. The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre and sponsored by Greiner Bio-One. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: podcast (at) bluesci (dot) co (dot) uk. You can also follow us on Twitter on @bluescipod.








How to run a virtual scientific conference, featuring Professor Andrea Armani
Apr 17 2020 32 mins  
This week we have a 2-part interview with Professor Andrea Armani! Prof Armani is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California.  She was co-chair of the Photonics Online Meetup, which was held in January 2020 and was one of the first fully-virtual online scientific conferences, with over 1000 attendees! In this second interview, she tells us how the idea originated, and how they managed to co-ordinate it, including a virtual poster session! We also reflect on what this experience teaches us about traditional conferences, and how the scientific community can foster more productive and more accessible interactions between researchers. You can follow Prof Armani on Twitter on @ProfArmani and find out more about her work at www.armani.usc.edu. Find out more about the upcoming edition of the Photonics Online Meetup, which will be held on June 25th 2020: https://sites.usc.edu/pom/ The team has also recently released a how-to guide to virtual conferences in Nature Review Materials: rdcu.be/b26qA The link to the PhD workshop run by Prof Armani can be found here: https://armani.usc.edu/phd-workshop/ The BlueSci Podcast is run by the Cambridge University Science Magazine, currently hosted by Ruby Coates and Simone Eizagirre. Visit www.bluesci.co.uk to access our free magazine, and find out how to get involved. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe! We welcome your feedback and suggestions via email: bluescipodcast (at) gmail (dot) com.









































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